The Rise Tour 45 provides uncompromised durability but that comes at the cost of some extra weight. It is very stable and comfortable for long hauls but does not have the common back panel access. It can just as easily take skis or a snowboard for hitting the boot track.
Comfort/Fit The Rise Tour 45 is a comfortable pack and highly stable thanks to its internal frame and thick padded waist belt (which can be removed). The pack was very stable and supportive while skiing with a heavy load, and the shoulder straps are burly and comfortable.
Ski/Snowboard Carry The Rise Tour 45 will carry skis in both A-frame and diagonal position, as well as a snowboard. The carry loops and straps are very thick and will hold up to many seasons of abuse.
Features The Rise Tour 45 is loaded with features. Its height adjustable top lid gives some leeway in stowing a rope or a pad underneath. A side pocket holds a water bottle or grab-n-go food items, and a separate wet pocket for avy gear rounds out the storage options nicely.
Ease of Use The Rise Tour 45 lacks a back panel access option, which is almost a mandatory feature in any true ski pack these days. The side zip works marginally well for retrieving gear out of the body of the pack but was rendered useless with a pair of skis strapped on in the A-frame position. The bottom line—pulling items out of the Rise Tour while on the go is harder than it should be. Lack of a hydration hose sleeve leaves your water supply vulnerable to freezing and clogging.
Durability Here is where the Rise Tour 45 shines above all the rest. The pack was built like a tank and will last for many years of tough abuse.
Skier, runner, and author Ben Conners has been exploring the Rockies since he was a kid. Growing up in the Vail Valley, Ben spent his winters carving turns and summers backpacking in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Ben authored a guidebook on ski mountaineering Colorado’s high peaks and lives with his wife in south-Denver.