Depending on what and where you like to ride, a good snowboard backpack is either a nice thing to have, or it’s absolutely essential.
The first thing to consider is capacity. Snowboard backpacks usually advertise this in litres, which is typically between 10 and 30. The bigger the volume, the more swag you can take with you on the mountain – although there is such a thing as taking too much with you.
“Choosing the right pack is worth taking your time over, as if looked after properly it can last for years”
If you’re planning on venturing into the backcountry, then you need one that is at least big enough to hold a shovel and a probe. If your shovel has a removable blade, some pow-specific packs give you the option to mount the handle onto the outside, leaving more room within. A look at our round-up of best backcountry accessories should give you some clues as to how much gear you’ll be taking with you.
Regardless of where you take your pack, a fleece-lined goggle pocket is a really useful feature – as is a laptop sleeve, which makes life easier when travelling. If you get one with board-carrying straps, also check to see if it has waist and sternum straps. These can make all the difference when carrying a heavy load on a long hike!
Choosing the right pack is worth taking your time over, as if looked after properly it can last for years. Here’s a few of the best snowboard backpacks we’ve come across for 2017/18 – your next one could well be in here.
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