More skiers are venturing beyond the ropes in search of private powder stashes, and the growing need to tote avy gear and other essentials means the ski daypack has become de rigueur-or downright necessary. We searched far and wide for the eight best packs, then we took them skiing-to Whistler, Lake Louise, British Columbia's Coast Range backcountry, and the Monashees. Here's what we thought of them.
Click on the slideshow below to see the best in daypacks. Note: The Q2 carries only skis. Every other pack shown here can also accommodate a snowboard.