Are you looking for a new ski pack?
Then CAMP Ski Raptor is truly an attractive ski touring and ski mountaineering day pack to consider.
CAMP is famous for their super light skimo racing packs and their designing experience shows with the Ski Raptor too.
Weighing just under 1kg, or around 2 pounds, it has many features of heavier freeriding packs without the bulk. The weight savings mainly come from using a lightweight yet strong Nylon TriRipstop fabric.
The pack’s 30L volume is divided between a couple of dedicated and smartly designed compartments to hold your avalanche safety gear, crampons, and all your clothes and food. The zippered crampons pouch is at the bottom of the pack and accessed from the side, a feature borrowed from skimo racing packs.
Skis can be attached to the pack without removing it from your back… but if you choose to you can also attach them laterally using straps on the sides.
The Ski Raptor also features ice axe attachments and a helmet carry system. The two zippered pockets on the hip belt give you a quick access to small items such as lip balm, snack, or ski wax.
The pack even features fleece lined pocket for goggles and glasses, a clever addition many heavier packs don’t have.
Where to Buy
You can get this pack from experts at Skimo.co or directly from CAMP USA and some specialized European stores.
Brian Harder says
I did a lengthy review of this pack last season and it has continued to deliver without any major issues. As Eric pointed out above, the fabric is light so I’ve seen a couple of thin spots where the skis are rubbing during mountain bike approaches. This is easily solved with thoughtful application of Seam Grip. Nearly all packs will suffer this fate eventually. Other than that, this pack has few peers that I can see in the market right now. I only wish they did some other colors.
Eric Carter says
I ordered this pack to fit a bit of a hole in my quiver. It’s bigger than a skimo race pack (fits a full day’s touring gear) but not as big as my standard touring pack (BD Cirque 30L). Initial out of the packaging and a single dryland hike impressions are:
– Sleek and compact design. Sits close to the body.
– Lots of attachments and features. I like the separate avi compartment and the crampon pouch. The rest of the extra pockets/straps though I could do without.
– Fit is a bit funky. I’m 6ft tall and it seems a little big on me. Definitely not going to be awesome for a smaller person.
– Build quality is not impressive. Material feels very thin (which of course makes it lighter) and not confidence inspiring.
Obviously I haven’t put it through the wringer yet but I’m not expecting it to be a day-to-day workhorse. More expecting to use it for faster all-day missions in the mountains when I’m carrying real avi-gear and maybe a bit of extra kit but not the whole kitchen sink.