It’s often the case that daypacks under 30-litres capacity can be a squeeze to pack in all your kit for a big day out, but the Targhee swallows up extra clothing, food etc. with no problem in a large main compartment easily accessed by a full-length zip on the back panel.
This main compartment also contains a with separate hydration sleeve with an insulated shoulder harness hose cover to prevent essential water supplies from freezing up, whilst there’s a separate avy gear pocket which you reach via a zip on the front, as well as a generously-sized zipped storage pocket in the lid, along with an additional small zipped pocket containing a stowable mesh helmet holder.
There are a variety of carrying options for your skis with the Targhee, all of which are ruggedly built and keep your planks securely in place, and there are also snowboard/snowshoe carrying loops along with ice axe loops, so everyone is catered for.
All of the straps for accessing/attaching your kit are glove-friendly although you may find some of them are a bit tricky to access when stored in their separate little ‘garages’, but you can easily get around this by pulling them out before your day on the hill since they don’t get in the way should you do so.
The Targhee’s back panel offers a firm, secure fit and the harness and hip belt are broad and sturdy enough to keep heavy loads firmly in place, and whilst not the lightest of packs the Targhee is certainly well-built and should handle many seasons of hard winter use.
FOR Lots of clever design features on a really well-built pack. We rate this a BEST BUY.
AGAINST Not the lightest pack on test – but that’s being picky.