I really liked how the pack fits, the load compression straps keep all the weight close to my body. The padded shoulder straps and waist belt keep it comfortable. It's always nice to have the waist belt Sunglass/Camera Pocket.
The Zipper Hydro-sleeve pocket is too small- causes bite valve to leak. Pack weight is not equal to pack volume - this pack weighs in at 2.6 pounds, but barely has enough room for my avy- gear and backcountry essentials, especially the camera.
The dedicated 19" shovel pocket does take a shovel, yes, but in 3 pieces rather than 2 (Voile 3 piece avalanche shovel), and does not leave room for my probe (G3 10' 6" avalanche probe w/ 18" segments). Dakine OuttaBounds probes at 8'4" with 15" segments would fit easily as well as their D Wedge shovel at 35". Overall I feel that it should fit most models, not just some.
Note, the QuickDraw Ice Axe holder can also hold and securely snug down a larger and longer probe such as the G3, keeping it accessible in emergency situations.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
This pack is an excellent choice for an inbounds day pack. The features such as the ski carry system and insulated Hydropack sleeve make life easy, but the size of the pack itself does not give much room for extra gear. It has excellent storage options such as a fleece lined sunglass pocket, but not the easiest or most convenient avy tool storage.
The Tactic skis well, compressing easily with 4 independent straps and a snug shoulder harness system. I really did not notice that I was skiing with a pack as it adjusted a lot and hugged my back very well. This pack would make an excellent inbounds pack for dropping in and out of the resort, as well as a light backcountry oriented daypack.
Waterproof zippers, fleece lined sunglass pocket, insulated Hydropack sleeve, and a retractable ski carry system all make this pack top notch and worth buying.
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