Mountain Hardwear Powzilla 30L ReviewOctober 13, 2013
- Fits most everything you need for non-technical ski tours in two large pockets
- At 2 pounds, 15 ounces (M/L) it’s one of the lightest new packs on the market
- Straightforward, efficient webbing all around the pack, with straps for both skis and snowboards
- Top-tier packs should have diagonal and side ski-carry options; the Powzilla only has a diagonal option
- If you want loops and special straps for mountaineering tools, you will need to look elsewhere.
Evoking the simplistic style of pro skier James Heim, who helped design this pack, the Mountain Hardwear Powzilla delivers the essentials. It’s functional, lightweight and comfortable — a capable all-around pack, even if it lacks a couple of standard features.
Weight is efficiently balanced and the pack fits comfortably to your back. It doesn’t sag even when full.
The diagonal system works well and is easy to adjust, as is the vertical snowboard carry system. But it’s missing a side-carry option for skis.
There’s a bladder pocket and hook inside the main compartment and individual sleeves for your avalanche tools. There’s also a handy small pocket on the hip belt. It lacks an external helmet-carry system, goggle sleeve, and back-panel entry.
I’d rather a backcountry pack err on the side of less than more. This one does. For its weight and capacity, it performs quite capably.
No real gripes here. The Powzilla is built to withstand the wear that comes with everyday use.
Considering the basic nature of this pack, $190 is rather steep. The fact that it is compatible with an ABS airbag pack likely boosts its price.