Ski Touring Backpacks
Winter landscapes, stillness, seclusion – a ski tour offers a unique way to enjoy the beauty of nature. A thrilling descent through pristine powder is the exciting part. But before that, you’ve got to get up to the top. Safety – both for transport and in the backcountry – are vital.
FEATURES & FUNCTIONALITY
Do you dream about gliding down pristine slopes? To enjoy this pleasure, you first have to master the ascent. You’ve got to securely transport the gear you need, including your safety equipment. VAUDE ski touring backpacks are designed for alpine activities; they’re made from robust materials, fit your back snugly and are very lightweight. They also have plenty of features that will help make sure your ski trip is as fun and comfortable as possible.
Safety compartment / avalanche equipment
When you’re traveling in alpine terrain, you’ve got to have appropriate safety equipment. Therefore, all VAUDE touring backpacks include a special safety compartment which can be quickly accessed if necessary. It’s a safe place to store your avalanche probe and shovel. The compartment includes straps for your shovel handle and the probe to keep them from banging around on each other.
Skis can be attached to the backpack in two different ways (depending on the backpack model): Either attach them on the right and left sides of the pack for optimal weight distribution, or together diagonally at the front of the pack for optimal, fast access.
Side ski attachment
In some models, skis are attached at the right and left sides of the pack.
Just push each ski into the side loop with the bottom of the ski facing the pack. Then pull the two side compression straps tight to secure the skis. Strapping the tips together is recommended. This makes them more stable on the sides so they don’t swing around.
Diagonal ski attachment
On some touring backpack models, two webbing straps allow diagonal ski attachment. To do this, pull the silver webbing straps with hook out of their storage pockets and hang them into the (silver) loops provided for this purpose. Here’s how it works: Hook lower webbing into loop 1. Push the skis into the lower webbing up to the heel cup of the binding and place them on the backpack. Place the upper webbing around the skis, hook into loop 4 and tighten. The ski attachment of the Updraft models can also be readjusted while you’re carrying them.
Similar to diagonal ski attachment, in some models a snowboard can also be attached to the front of the backpack using two webbing straps.
Here’s how it works: Open the strap at the front, place the snowboard at the middle of the pack with the bottom side facing the pack. Then close and tighten the straps again, the upper strap should be just below the binding to keep the snowboard from sliding down. Tip: For more legroom during the ascent, we recommend that you pull the upper part of the snowboard forward a little with additional webbing. To do this, pull the webbing through the loop above the straps, wrap it around the snowboard and then tighten it. By the way, this system also works perfectly for snowshoes.
Our touring backpacks are always equipped with a helmet holder. The main compartment can also be accessed freely when the helmet is packed. To fasten your helmet, simply take the helmet holder from the special compartment and fix the helmet in place.
Trekking poles and ice axe attachment
You usually don’t need your ski poles or ice tools all the time. A lot of the time, they’ll need to be stowed securely on your pack.
All our ski touring backpacks have a ski pole attachment system. Insert telescopic poles into the loops provided at the lower end of the pack and then secure the shaft with a strap or velcro.
Some of our touring backpacks feature an ice axe attachment with a practical pocket for the adze. First, insert the adze into its designated compartment. Then secure the shaft at the top and the bottom with the webbing straps.
Another option is to insert the shaft completely through the loop, turn the axe upside down and then secure the shaft with a strap or velcro.
Compatibility with drinking system
The fluid requirement during a tour is extremely high. Therefore, all touring backpacks are equipped with an outlet for drinking systems. Depending on the rucksack model, there are various ways to attach the hydration bladder to the rucksack and guide the hydration tube outwards. The compartment is always close to the back so as not to negatively influence the body’s centre of gravity.
Ski goggles compartment
Some backpacks have a lined ski goggle compartment that’s padded to provide additional protection for the glasses and a practical storage option.
Information panel for alpine emergencies
Most of us know how to behave if there’s an emergency in the mountains. Nevertheless, if there’s a serious emergency, it never hurts to have this information quickly at hand. This information is printed under the lid of the main compartment of our touring backpacks.