Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20L ReviewDecember 17, 2015
- Simple and user-friendly feature set
- Very lightweight
- Less supportive while carrying heavy skis
- Front of pack scuffs easily
With a volume of 20L, the Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20 is well-suited for carrying food and layers on days at the resort as well as short forays into the sidecountry and backcountry (don’t count on it for longer days out though). The SnoJo was the smallest of the packs tested and consequently, the lightest.
The SnoJo 20 carries light loads well but struggles to stay rigid under heavier loads, particularly when carrying a heavy pair of skis. The shoulder straps are adequately padded but carrying around a large amount of weight for an entire day would become cumbersome.
The SnoJo is outfitted to carry skis in both diagonal and A-frame, as well as a snowboard. A-frame felt like the more stable carry, so users will probably prefer it over the diagonal system.
A simple and standard feature set rounds the SnoJo out nicely. The truth is you’d be hard pressed to find many more features in a pack this small. Dedicated avy gear and goggle pockets, full back panel access, and an insulated hydration sleeve provide an array of organizational features. The SnoJo also has a large handle embroidered into the front of the pack, which was useful for moving or throwing the entire kit into the trunk of a car. The SnoJo was not designed to carry any ice tools.
Ease of Use
The SnoJo is very simple and user-friendly, making it an ideal choice for those just getting their feet wet in the sport of venturing beyond the resort.
The SnoJo shouldn’t have any durability issues for a few years of solid use, though the front of the pack does scuff easily.