Oakley Field Testing Accessories Trip in Bariloche, Argentina
Our smaller tour pack, Snowmad 20, was the first pack the team mastered. The pack held it’s own on the boot pack up to the MT. Laguna peak. After a few chairlifts and a gondola we got to the cat track that would lead us to the Laguna. Pulling out the conveniently tucked away board straps and strapping the board onto the Snowmad 20 pack was easy. The pack held a board really well. Although it is a unisex pack, the straps tightened to really cinch everything down and have a solid feel to it for both the men and the women testing. The board didn’t bounce around while walking and felt perfectly weighted. The goggle pocket on top protected goggles and was easy to get in and out of when switching to sunglasses. Although riding with a pack on feels different, this pack worked out great. Riding was easy and without distraction from the pack. With a few detailed design modifications this pack is ready to make your experience with it extreme.
Look for it in our Fall 2011 line. It will be decked out with all the essential backcountry pack features including a holster for hydration reservoir, internal hydration tube routing to prevent freezing, dedicated safety panel, padded pique mesh back panel with air flow channels, radio/mobile phone pocket on shoulder strap, safety whistle on sternum strap, padded waist strap with gear loops, camera pocket on waist strap, and a brushed internal goggle pocket. With a 22L capacity your backcountry days won’t be limited when it comes to supplies.
One cool adventure the Oakley Field Testing team embarked upon with the packs was an overnight trip to the Fray Refugio. Fueled by Hammer Nutrition and MFD touring plates team set out for a 5 hour trek into the mountains of the Patagonia Range. The mission consisted of navigating through availanche rubble, touring up icy steep chute faces and hiking couloirs. Equiped with Snowmad packs, Airbreak Goggles, hats, face masks and some F11 tech outerwear we were able to accomplish the mission. It was an amazing adventure and a true test of gear.