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On minimalist days when you need a simple pack, grab the Silo 30, a durable, lightweight rucksack without any extras.Gripes: Long-backed skiers,…

On minimalist days when you need a simple pack, grab the Silo 30, a durable, lightweight rucksack without any extras.

  • Gripes: Long-backed skiers, beware! The lower lumbar pad stops short, and the support stays dig into the back.
  • Props: Internal clothing pocket protects extra layers from the elements.
    $169;www.arcteryx.com

    The Covert has the added safety of a built-in AvaLung, which you breath through if you're buried in a slide, expelling poisonous carbon dioxide…

    The Covert has the added safety of a built-in AvaLung, which you breath through if you’re buried in a slide, expelling poisonous carbon dioxide behind you into the snowpack.

  • Gripes: The clamshell pack fits only a BD shovel.
  • Props: The pack is slickly designed to work with BD’s avy gear line.
    $100; www.bdel.com

    It wears well, but stuffing an extra layer, lunch, maps, shovel, probe, and water into this pack is like shoving a sleeping bag into a…

    It wears well, but stuffing an extra layer, lunch, maps, shovel, probe, and water into this pack is like shoving a sleeping bag into a Nalgene.

  • Gripes: The full-length zippered back panel falls open.
  • Props: The side-loading ski-carrying system is convenient. Slide each ski through a sewn-on side strap; then buckle it in and tighten.
    $129; www.ospreypacks.com

    Disclosure: Marmot sponsors my employer. This pack's spaciousness and easy ski-carrying system makes it a good choice for long days in remote…

    Disclosure: Marmot sponsors my employer. This pack’s spaciousness and easy ski-carrying system makes it a good choice for long days in remote terrain.

  • Gripes: Quirky design leaves you searching for some features – like the ice-ax loop.
  • Props: It has a large separate shovel-and-probe pocket.
    $129; www.marmot.com

    Tailor your ski-carrying system with the Targhee's multiple well-placed straps, which let you carry skis vertically or diagonally.Gripes: It has too…

    Tailor your ski-carrying system with the Targhee’s multiple well-placed straps, which let you carry skis vertically or diagonally.

  • Gripes: It has too many hidden buckles and straps that add unnecessary heft – backcountry packs need to be simple.
  • Props: Designed to carry skis and gear with ease.
    $179; www.gregorypacks.com