Taking cues from the needs of ski mountaineering racers but wanting a lightweight pack better fit for a quick ski tour or morning skin up your local mountain, Mammut created the Spindrift series of backpacks. The Spindrift 14 is packed with functionality for such a small backpack and is all about on the go access.
While compact and lightweight, the Spindrift 14 can still hold a shovel and probe in the front of the pack, with rear panel access to extra layers and a small hydration pouch. Everything else fits in the large hipbelt that wraps well around your front for easy access on the go. Your skins, snacks, gloves, etc. can go in there. There are extra stretch pocket on the outside of the hipbelt for even more storage.
An integrated wind vest hides in one of the hipbelt pockets for those times you need a momentary extra level of protection but don’t want to take off your pack and pull out a jacket. The vest slides over your front much like a hospital gown and clips in to the other side of the hipbelt — there’s no back as the backpack acts as your wind protection from behind.
The Spindrift 14 features a mesh helmet storage sleeve tucked into the base of the pack which you could also use as an extra stretch storage pouch on the front of the pack. A dual bungee system on the right side hipbelt and shoulder strap makes for quick ski pole storage.
Probably one of the cooler features is being able to stow your skis on the fly. Simply slip your skis through the large loop at the base of the left side of the pack, then a buckled strap on the right shoulder loops around the top of your skis and clips back in, holding your skis in place much like a quiver.
Expect the Mammut Spindrift 14 to drop in time for next winter season. The ski touring pack will retail for €199 and probably a similar price in USD.