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Gear of the Week: Black Diamond Astral 40

Gear of the Week: Black Diamond Astral 40

[ September 17, 2010 - 6:21pm ]
by Heather Hansman
bd astral 40
Dek: 
The perfect pack for weekend adventures, even if you're camping inside.

Screw getting in to shape. To really get ready for ski season what you need to do is start dialing your weekend couch surfing routine. The one piece of gear you’re actually going to need this winter? A backpack. Because when you’re sleeping in other people’s living rooms it’s considered polite to keep all your crap contained.

My pick for wintertime schleppage: Black Diamond’s Astral 40 pack. It’s got a multiple stash pockets, to keep your steez organized; an outer kangaroo pouch so you can keep your grody socks and wet bathing suit seperate; and, best of all, a roll top, so you can expand the heck out of it and fit in every piece of gear you could possibly need.

Incidentally, its comfortable, easy-to-adjust suspension, space for a hydration system, and the fact that it only weights 2.5 pounds also make it ideal for overnight trips, lightweight fast-packing, and gear-heavy (read: cold weather) day hikes. So, I guess you could find some other uses for it until it snows.

[$150; http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com]

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