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  1. #101

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    Well first off all I would like to say a great big thanks to Paul for his super speedy delivery and wonderful service. I love my new toy!
    I must say the quality of this bag is fantastic. The fabric is very strong diamond ripstop. All buckles and areas of high wear have rubber reinforcing. The zippers are very strong/waterproof. The pack is longish vs bulky and the straps cich the bag down to a minimal size the backpadding/harness has a light weight frame in it so the bag maintains it's shape really well under weight. Mind you the fit is great. I'm around 5'7 and it sits just below C7/T1 and finishes smack on hip height. So perfect for me and anyone taller. Much shorter than me and it may be a touch long.
    Now I apologise jd and sa. I had to get my boards down this morning (one is off to a new home today) so I strapped it in. I promise I'll get a shot with skis in soon.

    board on










    sorry for the excess in images but i figured there are only a few reviews on the pack with limited images so it may help someone down the track.
    Now last but not least the crown jewel of this pack. It's amazing hydration system (yes the bladder is included). It is fully insulated and has it's own zip in compartment to prevent freezing.
    Well that's it for now but I will let you know how it travels in a couple of weeks time when it hits the man made snow ;-)

  2. #102

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    Nice work...certainly looks like a good pack! Hopefully you can see and feel the difference between something of this standard and something of the Dakine standard which was what I was getting at early in the thread. There is a noticable difference IMO and it is reflected in the price points too, although I hazard a guess that you were well looked after with the BCA pack.
    *insert witty comment here*

  3. #103

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere View Post
    Nice work...certainly looks like a good pack! Hopefully you can see and feel the difference between something of this standard and something of the Dakine standard which was what I was getting at early in the thread. There is a noticable difference IMO and it is reflected in the price points too, although I hazard a guess that you were well looked after with the BCA pack.
    The quality is fantastic. Not that the dakine is of bad quality but this pack is of a standard of your big name technical packs if not a little sturdier in some regards (ie rubber reinforcing and frame. Plus the fabric is great). And as for price I was looked after very well. It was cheaper for me to have this pack sent to me than to buy the heli pro in store :-) and the hydration is fitted standard. Very happy gal :-) :-)

  4. #104
    Mizu Kuma
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    Looks sweet Coops, keep on boardin!

  5. #105

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mizu Kuma View Post
    Looks sweet Coops, keep on boardin!
    Fear not mizu I will. I've been doing it for 17 years :eeek: so I will always have a place for my board.
    However the older I get the less keen I am to "traverse". I ruled out the long periods of backside sittery by purchasing flow bindings (must be the skiier in me).

  6. #106

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    Now to even the pictures up to make everyone happy




    Must say both front and a frame were equally as comfy and skis felt secure. I didn't even citch straps properly for a frame and they didn't budge when I put the pack on (albeit a little squiff looking).

  7. #107

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    That looks much better!
    *insert witty comment here*

  8. #108
    Mizu Kuma
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    Nah, I liked it the way it was in the first place! More style!

  9. #109

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    True, better to have the ski's on ur feet, but if they must be on the pack...it looks good!
    *insert witty comment here*

  10. #110
    Mizu Kuma
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    Nah, still like it with the snowboard!

  11. #111

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    I guess when the board is on the pack your not getting a cold behind sitting in the snow!
    *insert witty comment here*

  12. #112
    Mizu Kuma
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere View Post
    I guess when the board is on the pack your not getting a cold behind sitting in the snow!
    You said it!

  13. #113

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    Got a BCA pack off Paul a few weeks back. I was going to use it as a gym bag, and I still am, but it will also be my pack of choice for day trips in Oz!! I think it is better than an Osprey, and they have been my benchmark for years!!

    The OS trips will still see the Black Diamond get used only as it has an avalung, but in Oz, this BCA pack will be great!

    Thanks Paul!!!
    *insert witty comment here*

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    Ski Shop Owner & Equipment Specialist - Voted Best Boot fitter in Australia (SIA Australia Awards 2013) Paul Oberin's Avatar
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    The BCA packs are certainly great quality and and have all the features you want, being the importer as well as the retailer sees them very cheap compared to all other similar packs in Australia, you can see the range on my online shop, many people look at the low price and think they can't be any good at that low price.

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