Get out into the snow with a ski touring backpack!
When it comes to touring backpacks, you’ll find specific models for various activities, from hill walking to cycling. Because of the icy and snowy conditions along with the high stress on the materials that come with skiing, a ski touring backpack will need extra features. Ski touring backpacks differ from conventional mountaineering backpacks not only because they have a ski attachment, but also because they’re glove-compatible. You can find more ski touring equipment in our ski touring shop.
Size and style of ski touring backpacks
In general, such backpacks are made for use in cold conditions, and they have a capacity between 25 and 40 litres. A smaller model can be used to pack some warm clothes, a first aid kit, food and an insulated water bottle during a single-day trip. A large ski touring backpack has enough space and load capacity for a multi-day tour or carrying a lot of hardware (shovel and avalanche transceiver).
Ski touring backpacks have a body-hugging fit. Both its padded back system and durable hip belt will ensure it remains on your back during intense movements. This kind of backpack also has a narrow cut that's not completely flat, so you'll be able to pack your things with gloves on. Most have a lateral zip, so you can load and unload the backpack like a suitcase. Sometimes there’s even a U-shaped zip on the back, so the entire back system can be easily folded away and you can get to the inside of the backpack with ease.
Features of ski touring backpacks
Ski touring backpacks are made of strong and abrasion-resistant materials. There are also a number of additional mounting options for poles, helmets, skis, a snowboard or snowshoes.
Plus, you can hang your carabiners and other small items on the gear loops and daisy chains. A snow guard ensures that backpacks with a lid compartment remain clean.
In addition, there are also special compartments for emergency equipment in most ski touring backpacks. So, you’ll have space for an avalanche probe, a beacon, a shovel and a first aid kit (see also: avalanche backpacks). A whistle on the chest strap ensures safety and is a standard feature of any good ski touring backpack.
Since most ski touring backpacks are compatible with hydration systems, you should definitely pay attention to additional insulation for the hydration tube (possibly also the hydration bladder). Conveniently, many ski touring backpacks already have an insulated neoprene cover on the shoulder strap for the hydration tube.