I own way too many backpacks. It’s not even a conscious thing, I just seem to acquire them. I’ve been given some by friends, found some, but mostly I’ve just bought a bunch over the years. I have a closet that’s nearly full of backpacks of all shapes, sizes, and colours. Some people collect shoes. Some people collect band tees. I guess my vice is bags? What a dork…
I tend to use a variety of these backpacks, depending on whether I’m doing a weekend road trip, an extended tour, a canoe trip, or on a big snowboard trip. Snowboard backpacks are their own beast, so join me as I simplify that whole category and try to come up with list of the best snowboard backpacks of 2016.
Burton HCSC Shred Scout Snowboard Backpack
Inspired by the snowboarders who refuse to let winter end and make their yearly pilgrimage to Mt. Hood Oregon to attend the High Cascade Snowbaord Camp. This backpack has everything you need to survive snowboard summer camp, and anything else thrown your way when the snow is falling.
The Burton HCSC Shred Snowboard backpack is 16 inches wide with a removable lunch cooler attachment (lunch is always cool, duh), includes a rain cover, ergonomic backpack, and soft cushy shoulder harness
Burton Provision Snowboard Backpack
Retro hip colours and all the straps and padding you’ll need to haul gear, laptops, or whatever for an extended amount of time. The Burton Provision Snowboard has some great hip straps that ensure your pack stays put while you’re snowboarding.
Gregory Targhee Snowboard Backpack
Dakine Team Mission Snowboard Backpack
The Dakine Louif Paradis Team Mission 25L Backpack holds a day’s worth of riding accessories and do-dads that you might need on the mountains. This signature pack sports a custom colorway for stand-out sexiness while you’re waiting for a lift. The pack’s adjustable sternum strap and padded waist belt offer a secure fit when you’re riding, and the fleece-lined goggle and sunglasses compartments stash your eyewear without scratching delicate lens coatings.
The multi compartment storage system is great for storing laptops, notebooks, cameras, etc.
Osprey Kode 32 Snowboard Backpack
Osprey has a trusted reputation for quality features and components in their backpacks. Functionality and fit are superb in this backcountry ski pack. The redesigned Kode Series incorporates the feedback of world famous backcountry professionals. They’ve optimized this pack with tons of space and style to boot. The result is a smart, functional and comfortable backpack designed to help and never hinder all facets of backcountry snow travel.
High Sierra Fat Boy Snowboard Backpack
Contoured shoulder straps with an on-strap mesh cell phone/PDA/MP3 player pocket, and plenty of room for your laptop and other survival gear make this an ideal daypack for skiers and snowboarders. The unique short stubby design fits snug and allows you a ton of movement, perfect for getting fancy on the slopes.
Rome Insurgent Snowboard Backpack
Whether you’re hiking beyond the resort’s boundaries or hiking to reach fresh pow, the Rome Insurgent Snowboard Backpack holds just about everything you need to find some adventure. Vertical board carry straps with reinforced side panels grip your board tight, ensuring it doesn’t slide around when you’re traversing tricky terrain or boot-packing up a gnarly line.