When all the in-bounds pow at the resort gets chewed up within 30 minutes of the lifts opening, head through the gates with your Burton Side Country 18L Backpack (and a riding buddy) and shred freshies to your heart's content. This pack sports a low-profile, body-hugging design that won't seem like a burden when you're doing quick out-of-bounds laps, but still offers enough room for all the backcountry essentials. Even if you rode a lift to get to the gate, you still need all your avalanche safety gear, which is why Burton included a dedicated snow tool pocket on this pack. It also has A-frame and vertical board carry options for when the gate is simply a starting point for more ambitious ascents. The ergonomic shoulder harness and minimalist waist belt ensure a stable, comfortable fit when you're riding down, and airflow zones on the compression-molded back panel keep you from getting bogged down with sweat during the approach.
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