Gregory Targhee Pack
Gregory Targhee Pack—The first backcountry pack out there to integrate ski and board carry system directly into the pack suspension
Since skiing in the back and sidecountry often involves a whole lot of time hiking and hauling your skis up mountains, finding a ski or snowboard pack that not only fits and organizes all of your gear, but also makes it comfortable to carry you planks is definitely an essential. Enter the Grgeory Targhee pack.
According to Gregory, the Targhee is the first winter backcountry backpack to integrate the weight of it’s carrying system directly onto the backpack’s frame sheet suspension—a feat that results in more even weight distribution and better overall load carrying capabilities. In other words, your skis or board will feel a hell of a lot lighter when you are charging to the top of the couloirs.
The unique ski carry system also allows you to carry your skis vertically, diagonally or in a A-frame mode. The suspension system usues non-slip lockable attachment points. It can also accommodate a snowboard or snowshoes.
The 33-liter Targhee pack is top loading, which may make it a little harder to dig your stuff out of, but also cuts down on the weight of the pack. It also features side pockets for stowing an avalanche shovel handle or probe as well as a front pocket for the shovel blade, your climbing skins and all of your other avy tool necessities.
These tool pockets are also designed with built-in drainage systems, which means your stuff will stay dry even after shoving your wet tools back in the bag or skin the deep stuff off-piste.
The insulated hydration sleeve ensures your water won’t freeze even on the coldest days up on the mountain. It also features a an all-terrain waist belt with a stash pocket, external gear loops and a shoulder harness system that keeps the pack close to your body.
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The Quick & Dirty:
Where you can get one:
Buy Gregory Targhee Daypack $179
Why it Rocks:
• Ski carrying system integrates directly into the pack’s suspension, distributing the load evenly and comfortably
• Carry skis A-frame, vertical or diagonal, whichever you prefer, with the nonslip, lockable attachment points
• Bag also accommodates a snowboard or snowshoes
• Zippered top-loading access to the main compartment allows simple packing and unpacking
• Front pocket accepts shovel blade, climbing skins and other backcountry essentials
• Side pocket provides quick access to your avalanche probe and shovel handle
• Hydration compatible with an insulated tube sleeve that runs from inside the pack through the shoulder harness to prevent freezing
• Waistbelt includes a stash pocket for energy bars and small essentials; gear loop lets you clip essential gear within reach
• 630-denier nylon fabric resists wear and tear
Seat-of-the-pants rating: 9 out of 10
Probably the best feature of this pack is the ski carry system—which is not only easy to use and makes strapping your planks up super quick—but also is integrated into the pack’s suspension to make distributing the load a whole lot more comfortable. The ski carry system can also accommodate a snowboard (which not all packs can do). Plus, it gives you the option to carry your skis diagonally, vertically or in the more traditional A-frame setup.
The drainage holes in the avy tool pocket add another huge plus to this bag, since keeping your stuff dry is always important on the slopes, especially when skiing the backcountry. Extra features like the front shovel blade pocket that allows the handle to pass through (which means you shovel doesn’t determine the entire shape of the pack), tons of pockets and lightweight construction all add to the good qualities of this pack. It’s also super lightweight, yet another added bonus.
Looking to Buy? Here’s where you can get one:
Buy Gregory Targhee Daypack $179