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Ortovox cross rider 18 or Dakine Heli Pro 20

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@Sub_Zero_G, Skinny git! Toofy Grin
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Someone earlier in this thread was extolling the value of Deuter packs. They have far too many straps, buckles, loops and doodads.

I went through a number of packs and my favourite for cut, construction and clean lines is Black Diamond but they are still an inch or two too long in the back and have a diagonal ski carry, which I don't like.

I eventually settled on the Mammut Niva Ride, which has the shortest back for a pack of it's size and is women-specific, so hip and chest straps are in the right place. Extra bonus is the A-frame ski carry.
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@PaulC1984, more like slim woman.

I see your sig is somewhat appropriate wink
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@lampygirl, thank you for your feedback. I've just bought a cross rider myself and I'll be looking forward to trying it out sometime in the near future... snowHead
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I'm 5'8 and do find the 'mens' models too long in the back going for the women's model instead. Not many things where I think it makes a difference (e.g I have unisex skis) but they do seem not to ride so high. Possibly dependant on where you wear the waist belt I suppose. I like the belt and chest strap for skiing and the height of the chest strap adjusts.
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Proportionately, men have longer bodies and shorter legs. Whereas women have longer legs and shorter bodies. Taller women tend to have extra length in their legs, giving them that extra height.

Of course, these are the averages, so there are exceptions on either side. But the gist is that women-specific packs have shorter back length, which means the hip belt sits correctly positioned on the hip without pushing the top of the pack above your shoulders.
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Sub_Zero_G wrote:
@lampygirl, I've tried a few Ortovox packs on in the local Cham shops and found them to be too long in the back for me if I use the hip belt, which I tend to do when skiing off the beaten track.


Weird, just received the freerider 20 which is going straight back, far too short down the back. I'm 6'1" and do not have a particularly long torso.
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