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cydwhitTaking my first trip with an EVOC CP 26L ATM. I'll have a review on Blister at some point, I'll have some aggressive things to say about touring with this thing though...
I'm about ready to give up on camera specific bags and take a needle and thread and scissors to my BD ski bag to make it more camera friendly...
ShredMasterPlusWell, day 1 impressions of the Denali are, carrys weight like a champ, carrys skis fairly poorly, going to have to replace the straps for sure, they don't get tight enough on skis even when they are 115underfoot(the pack is not designed for skiing though) also, not ideal to have a ski bashing you in the backof the head while you front point up glacier ice trying to get to somewhere marginally ski-able. definitely a good pack if you need to haul a ton of gear into an area to set up camp or if your rocking tech gear and ski boots. With a few mods I'm sure I can get this bad boy rocking!
LiteratureI've had a Denali 105 for a few years, and that thing is a straight up beast of a backpack. The old versions allowed you to slot your skis under the water bottle carriers, but maybe that's not a thing anymore.
ShredMasterPlusYea, It seems to carry pretty well when I have it fully loaded but the issue is I've been doing some long approaches with boots, rope glacier gear in pack but when I take all that out when i hit snow and then ditch all no essential shit at the base of the line the pack carry's like shit when its not filled out. just a lot of empty space moving around. Never owned a pack this big before and while I absolutely loooove it for carrying heavy loads on long approaches i need to figure something out for when i strip down for climbing the Gnar.
LiteratureThat issue of scalability really blows--totally feel your pain there.
I typically crank the compression straps in as much as possible, and pull the lid too. That sometimes helps. You might look into one of the lighter options (like the Patagonia Ascentionists or similar) in the 25L range for a day bag--I'd consider that worth a pound or a few more on the approach for greater comfort out of base camp.
Cilogear seems to have a really nice system for that as well--several people I know have had success there.