Front of the Mammut Spindrift 32L Backpack pack showing the small brain-like pocket and ice axe carry.
If you’re looking for a backcountry touring pack, check out the Mammut Spindrift 32L Backpack. Its the perfect size for a long day tour, has unique features and is a comfortable companion for the skintrack. The zipper into the main compartment wraps around on three sides of the pack, top, right side, and bottom, kind of like a suitcase. I really like this feature because it minimizes the rummaging and difficulty of getting to the bottom of your pack.
Avy specific compartment to keep your gear organized.
This main compartment is closest to your back and can hold all your layers, water, snacks, skins, etc. There is another large pocket between the main compartment and the outside of the pack. This is designed specifically to hold your shovel and probe. There are two sleeves to slide your probe and shovel handle into then additional room to put the shovel blade in. This compartment makes access to your avy gear quicker.
Taking the Spindrift 32L for a lap.
The one thing I don’t like about this is the zipper to access this avy compartment is on the inside of the main compartment. Having to go through two zippers when time is of the essence is a bit of a drag.
Side profile. Slim and svelte!
Instead of a brain, the backpack has a small pocket on the front to hold any items you want readily available. Things like your phone and a quick snack would fit well in here. A bonus feature of this pack is the helmet carry. There is a zipper on the bottom of the pack that stores the mesh helmet holder which can be pulled out to carry your brain bucket.
Main compartment of pack. This also shows the zipper to the avy compartment.
There are A-frame ski carry, diagonal ski carry and snowboard carry options. In addition, there are two loop/velcro ice axe holder systems. The load-bearing straps help keep the weight close to your back making it a more comfortable and balanced tour.
The back panel is comfy and stable.
The design is sleek in its tall and narrow build. It definitely isn’t a bulky product and I really appreciate that. Weighing 1190 g (~2.5 lbs), this pack is sturdy without totally weighing you down. The size (not capacity) of it is something I would look at closer if you are a smaller person. I can cinch the shoulder and sternum straps down far enough but the waist belt is too big.
If I have many layers on it fits better but while I’m skinning with only a few layers on, the waist belt is baggy, even at its smallest. Speaking of the waist belt, there is a pocket on the left hip for any items you want easily accessible. Another neat feature is on the shoulder strap where there is a water bottle holder. It wouldn’t quite fit a Nalgene, but smaller water bottles will work great here.
I’d recommend this pack to someone who wants to spend all day in the backcountry. It’s comfortable enough for long hours and has a large enough capacity to carry all your goods. I would also recommend this pack to someone who wants to spend time in the alpine on ski mountaineering missions. The ski/snowboard carry and ice axe attachments will make this a great pack for those days.
Growing up snowboarding and hiking in the bitter cold winters and humid summers of northern Vermont, Eliza learned how to beat up gear and quickly became infatuated with new technologies. After moving to Colorado in 2015 to pursue a degree in recreation and outdoor education at Western Colorado University, her passion for the outdoors grew exponentially. Soon after, she picked up rock climbing, telemark skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, and is slowly learning to love rafting. Through these learning processes, Eliza began to understand the importance of the right gear and hopes to share her experiences and knowledge with others through Engearment.
Now working for Beacon Guidebooks as the ‘Wearer of Many Hats’ (yes, that is her official title), Eliza has learned the ins and outs of the outdoor industry. She has also worked on marketing teams, as a photographer, media coordinator, outdoor instructor and as a wrangler. She is especially excited to encourage other women in the outdoors and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.