Backcountry Access Stash 30 ReviewDecember 15, 2015
- Versatile feature set given the low weight
- Many dedicated pockets makes organization easy
- Accommodates BCA’s Link radio system
- No back panel or side zip access
- No snowboard carry
The BCA Stash 30 is a shoe-in for fast and light day trips in the backcountry unless you’re a snowboarder or fond of back panel access. For a ski touring pack that weighs in under 3 pounds the Stash 30 brings an impressive mix of organizational features to the table.
The Stash 30 carried a full load fairly well and was easy to dial in thanks to a vertically adjustable sternum strap. The shoulder straps save on weight by being thin, but they felt adequately padded. The pack skied securely, fitting snugly without shifting around even when linking jump turns down steep terrain.
The Stash 30 is equipped to carry a pair of skis in both diagonal and A-frame fashion and both systems are user-friendly. It is not equipped to carry a snowboard.
In addition to the wet pocket for skins and avy gear, dual tool loops, and a fleece lined goggle pocket, the Stash 30 is designed to integrate with the BC Link radio system, featuring a dedicated pocket and shoulder strap clip. Hip belt pockets come in handy for storing small food items while on the move.
Ease of Use
The Stash’s largest flaw is its lack of back or side panel access, which can make digging gear out of the very bottom of the main compartment a chore, especially with skis strapped to it.
Gram counters will appreciate that the Stash is one of the lightest packs in this test; the flip-side of that coin may present itself as durability issues down the line, particularly with regards to the ski carry straps and exterior fabric.