I bought this pack because it's the lightest electric airbag on the market. I ski in Colorado, thus I deal with persistent weak layers in the snowpack that are harder to manage than upper pack instabilities. Because of that, I thought it to be appropriate to use an airbag for every tour through mid-winter. Yes even while in the trees, yes even when the rose is green, yes even if I'm on a mellow tour. I'm okay with the Scott Patrol 22 being my primary backcountry ski pack because it's so light and helps introduce an added level of protection (just like my companion rescue equipment and radio). This pack has just enough space to pack a day kit into and nothing more. If you like bringing more stuff, go with the 30L equivalent.
What I like about this pack:
- diagonal ski carry with self-tensioning strap. The upper and lower attachment points are connected, so when you tighten the upper strap for your ski carry, it tightens both the upper and lower straps. nice and secure.
- the minimalist design, There is a main compartment and a small pocket near the top lid. simple and svelte.
- comfortable back panel and hip belt gives the pack a close to body feel that doesn't bounce around while skiing
- The alpride E1 electric airbag system can be charged every night, is easy to see if it's on or off, and can be deployed and repacked as much as you like. I REALLY like this feature [compared to a compressed air equivalent airbag] because you can practice deployment and have confidence that your equipment actually works
What I don't like:
- the electric system sits in the middle of the main compartment which makes for interesting packing of the interior pocket
- the color scheme isn't my favorite
- you can't turn the pack on/off from the outside of the pack. I guess this design is with the intent for your to have your pack on throughout the day, but I'm not a fan of unpacking my pack in order to access the electric compartment to turn on my pack at the beginning of a tour. A bit of a buzz kill at the trailhead when I'm psyched and ready to go.
- I think it would be cool to have a roll-top closure instead of a clamshell zipper. more versatile and less stuff to break.
Overall, this pack was a huge investment for me, and I wanted to get the right one. I believe I made the right decision and I'm happy for many more seasons to come. Hopefully, I never have to test it in action.