More skiers are venturing beyond the ropes in search of private powder stashes, and the growing need to tote avy gear and other essentials means the ski daypack has become
-or downright necessary. We searched far and wide for the eight best packs, then we took them skiing-to Whistler, Lake Louise, British Columbia's Coast Range backcountry, and the Monashees. Here's what we thought of them.
Click on the slideshow below to see the best in daypacks. Note: The Q2 carries only skis. Every other pack shown here can also accommodate a snowboard.