Marmot Backcountry 32L Review

August 25, 2014
Marmot Backcountry 32L
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
89
Comfort & Fit
8
Ski & Snowboard Carry
8
Features
8
Weight
9
Durability
8
Value
8

The Good

  • Solid pack overall
  • Back-panel access makes for easy item retrieval on the fly
  • Easy-cinch hip straps and comfy fit

The Bad

  • Helmet-carry system is underwhelming
THE VERDICT

The Marmot Backcountry 32L improved on a classic design. Everything about the Marmot Backcountry 32L was worthy except the helmet carry sling. I ended up stashing my helmet inside the main compartment, which crowded an otherwise spacious pack. The Backcountry 32L is a pack that could be used for years, then it could be handed down to the next generation of skiers in your family for their first excursions into the backcountry.

FULL REVIEW

Comfort/Fit
The Marmot Backcountry 32L offers plenty of support on the back and hips, with a stable suspension system and comfortable hipbelt design.

Ski/Snowboard carry
I’m an A-frame guy and the Marmot Backcountry 32L pack let me stick to my preferred style in a way that let me nearly forget the skis were on my back!

Features
The Backcountry 32L has changed much changed from the first version of the pack design several years ago by Doug Coombs—that’s a good thing. I particularly liked the spacious top compartment and cushy felt goggle pocket within that compartment.

Weight 
The one big change in the updated Backcountry 32L is its weight. The new Marmot Backcountry 32L comes in significantly lighter than its ancestor. At 2 pounds, 11 ounces, it is one of the lightest 30-plus-liter packs on the market.

Durability
The Backcountry 32L is a pack that could be used for years, then it could be handed down to the next generation of skiers in your family for their first excursions into the backcountry.

Value
Anything under $150 in this category is a solid deal, and the performance of the Marmot Backcountry 32L makes it an even better deal.

 

 


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MSRP
$149.00
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