Santa Rosa, CA: Marmot’s new Backcountry 30 ski-touring pack has received Backcountry magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award featured in their October, 2010 issue, which hits newsstands this month. The pack was field-tested last winter by the editors at Backcountry in a round-up of 21 other packs in the same category of ski-touring day packs.
“The Backcountry 30 was unique in a competitive field of good packs because of intuitive design and thoughtful features—especially those angled toward ski mountaineers,” explains Backcountry editor, Drew Pogge. “The puncture-resistant crampon compartment was bomber in testing, and the ice axe sleeve was secure and out of the way” he adds. “Great features and comfort—great pack.”
The design of the Backcountry 30 ($120) was originally inspired by legendary extreme skier Doug Coombs (1957-2006)—a Marmot athlete and a professional ski guide whose passion for backcountry ski touring was contagious. In 2005, Coombs and Marmot product development managers created the La Meije pack, which was part of Marmot’s then signature series. Throughout 2009, Marmot’s in-house design team refined and streamlined the Coombs-inspired La Meije pack and unveiled the Backcountry 30 for 2010.
“We’re pleased with the response to this remarkable, feature-rich ski pack,” explains Wade Woodfill, Marmot’s Hardgoods Manager, who oversees backpacks, tents, sleeping bags and accessories for the company. “The Backcountry 30 is a tribute to Doug’s original design ethos—it’s sure to be a classic moving forward,” he adds.
Check out the Backcountry 30 by visiting www.marmot.com
About Marmot Mountain, LLC
Marmot is an award-winning, globally distributed brand of high-performance, technical clothing, apparel and equipment. Since 1974, Marmot products have been worn by climbers, skiers, mountaineers and adventurers world-wide. Marmot works with professional mountain guides, world-class athletes and expeditions—pushing the limits of product innovation and technology—pioneering what is possible in the most extreme environments on earth.