Look back ten or so years ago and you’d notice that ski touring backpacks were pretty much non-existent, with many ski tourers opting for the lightweight and minimal approach that climbing and mountaineering packs offered. This was the go-to option for carrying the abundance of kit required for a single day ski touring.
Although climbing packs were designed for mountain travel, they weren’t built with the typical ski tourer in mind and lacked what are now standard features on ski touring backpacks; sufficient ski carry options, avalanche safety equipment pockets, and a durable construction built to stand up to constant contact with ski edges – to name a few.
“We put these packs through their paces all in the name of testing. No fun was had at all, we promise”
We’re now seeing an extremely well designed choice of ski touring specific backpacks that address all of the shortcomings of climbing packs, and that come with features specifically designed to meet the needs of ski tourers.
We’ve gone and taken a selection of the top ski touring backpacks out there right now. From Scotland, to France, onto Switzerland and to be finally tested again in Austria, we put these packs through their paces all in the name of testing. No fun was had at all, we promise.
Best Ski Touring Backpacks For 2021-2022
- Black Diamond Cirque 22
- Lowe Alpine Revolt 35
- Black Diamond Jetforce Pro 35
- Arc’teryx Alpha SK 32
- Blue Ice Kume 30
- Osprey Kamber 22
- Patagonia Descensionist 32
Black Diamond Cirque 22
Price: £140 / 150€ / $180
Available Volumes: 35L
The Black Diamond Cirque 22 is an extremely well thought out ski touring backpack designed for fast and light assaults in the mountains. Borrowing a thing or two from their trail running packs, the Cirque 22 Ski Vest features running vest style shoulder straps. These straps have been built wide to spread the load and come with hydration flask and energy bar holders for on the go fuelling.
This product was selected for our Ski 100 guide. Read our review of the Black Diamond Cirque 22 here.
Lowe Alpine Revolt 35
Available Volumes: 35L
We previously featured Lowe Alpine’s Descent 35 pack in this best ski touring packs article, but new for this year is the Lowe Alpine Revolt 35. The Revolt 35 takes all the good stuff from the Decent 35 and brings in a few more handy features that make life on the skin track that bit more streamlined.
Offering 35 litres of volume, spread between three different compartments, the Lowe Alpine Revolt 35 is geared towards multi-day backcountry assaults or single-day glacial trips where you can be expecting to carry more kit than a usual sidecountry jaunt.
The main compartment can be easily accessed through a rear back panel zipper. This allows you to be able to easily access the contents of the pack, even when you’ve got skis strapped to the pack. In terms of those ski carry systems, you’ve got the traditional A-Frame carry, and a diagonal ski carry for quick stashing of skis. The ski carry straps can be tucked away, to prevent any unwanted buckle snags.
This product was selected for our Ski 100. Read our review of the Lowe Alpine Revolt 35 here.