on 5 December 2011
I bought this with the intention of using it as a dual purpose backpack - i.e. all year round use! The great news is it's perfect for what it's built for - use on the slopes. There's plenty of thought gone into the bag and how you'll use it whilst skiing, and it feels genuinely indestructible. The not-so-great news is that it suffers for being so single-minded in its execution...there are compartments and pockets which aren't really ideal for anything other than, say, a snow shovel. And whilst the way the bag opens is great when you want quick access to your gear whilst skiing, when you're just looking for a few bits when you're staying overnight in a hotel, you've got to open the entire bag up as the top flap doesn't really give you enough access to the contents.
Still, those are minor niggles. On the whole it's a really nicely made bag that does what it says on the tin and looks low-key without appearing cheap, and that's exactly what I was hoping for.
on 9 March 2010
I purchased this rucksack after borrowing one from a friend for a weekend trip. Its very well made with solid stitching and seams. It has too many pockets to mentions but the main part is roomy and is easy to access. The front pocket is further divided into smaller sealable pockets for storing various bits of equipment. I have yet to use this for snowboarding but I am sure it will be ideal as it is designed to hold a hydration pack and the water feed, which is insulated, is built into one of the arm straps. At the moment I'm using it for cycling and running and it is extremely comfortable for both. I would highly recommend this product to anyone. Also, another bonus, it fits as hand luggage.