PRICE: $80 BACKCOUNTRY. COM
The Gambler pack is your perfect little “chute pack”. What I mean by that is it is ideal for the “minimalist skier”. Transceiver…..check. Probe……check. Clif bar…..check.
Shovel……check. And that is about all it will hold. Yup… Oh, of course besides the 3 liters of water to get you through most any ski day. Really…do you need more for your average day? Not me.
This is the back that you will forget about. There is not a problem riding the chair with this one on. Case and point: While loading High Cambell chair at Crystal Mountain Resort last week, I took the pack off prior to loading (to get an item). The friendly lifty jested, “really didn’t need to take that pack off did ya!” He was right. I rode the rest of the day with out taking it off and did not eve realize it was on. Summary: This pack is small. Some may say too small. But don’t forget Camelbaks intent (which is genius) is to keep you from being that guy who carries every little thing possible while skiing in bounds all day!
The Gambler (perhaps names after the Tahoe legend) gets my vote as my preferred daily-driver-essentials-only pack!
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