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Diagonal Ski Carry

Upper and lower reinforced carry wings provide secure and comfortable diagonal ski carry

Insulated Hydration

An internal hydration sleeve with hanger and a fully insulated, dual zippered harness router with a hypo-allergenic stretch garage proves ice-free hydration

Vertical Snowboard/Snowshoe Carry

Dual front panel hypalon reinforced wings provide secure and comfortable vertical snowboard/snowshoe carry

Ice Tool Attachment

Tool loop(s) provide secure attachment on technical ascents

Stowable Helmet Carry

Stowable helmet carry quickly deploys so you can store your helmet on long ascents


Featuring quick and easy access to critical snow safety gear and more than enough room for the gear you need on technical ascents and multi-day hut trips, the Kresta 40 is ideal for both snowboarders and skiers alike. Safety matters most in the backcountry, so we developed a large J-zip access panel on the front of the pack with multiple, glove-friendly zipper pulls so you can get to your probe and shovel without wasting critical seconds. On long ascents deploy the stowable helmet carry when appropriate to stay cool, and if you get thirsty there’s an internal hydration sleeve and an insulated harness sleeve to keep your bite valve handy and ice-free. The Kresta 40 accommodates nearly every ski and snowboard carry option including; vertical, A-frame, diagonal and horizontal/vertical snowboard carry with smartly reinforced contact points to protect from sharp edges. Other winter specific features like a scratch-free fleece-lined goggle pocket round out one of the most capable, durable, and functional technical backcountry snow packs we have ever made. Technical ascents demand ice axes or tools, and two tool loops with bungee attachment provide secure attachment when they aren’t in use. Under the dual-compartment and removable top-lid you’ll find a rope compression strap for glacier travel and sharp ridgelines. Even when loaded with up to 40lbs the LightWire™ suspension, padded hipbelt and contoured shoulder straps provide a comfortable carry even when breaking trail toward distant peaks. When you set your pack down to transition or for a snack, zippered backpanel access keeps the snow out of your gear and provides easy access to gear no matter where you stuffed it in this dual-access top loading machine.

Key Attributes


Extra-large front pocket with J-zip access for avalanche safety gear secure inside the pack. The large pockets accommodate large shovel blades, and the dual center sleeves secure extra-long probes and shovel handles.


The main dry compartment keeps gear that needs to stay dry and warm separate from wet avy gear and skins. The dry compartment is also designed to be accessible with skis or board attached to the pack.


Dual-position, deployable helmet net quickly and securely stows snow helmets for a cool and comfortable climb.

Additional Features

  • Glove Friendly - Glove friendly zipper pulls and buckles allow for quick and easy use in adverse conditions
  • Panel Load Access - Extra-large front panel j-zip access to avalanche safety pocket with shovel handle and probe sleeves
  • Horizontal Backpanel Snowboard Carry - A reinforced hipbelt wing provides quick horizontal carry across the backpanel of the backpack
  • Hipbelt Pockets - Dual, articulated zippered hipbelt pockets for one hand use provide quick access to essentials
  • Backpanel Access - Dual zippered access to dry storage and hydration compartment
  • Rope Compression - An under-lid adjustable rope compression strap provides stable and easily accessible rope carry
  • FlapJacket™ Skirt Cover - The FlapJacket™ skirt cover is easily deployable and keeps pack contents contained even when the top pocket is removed
  • A-frame Ski Carry - Lower reinforced ski carry loops and upper side carry straps provide secure and comfortable A-frame ski carry
  • Top Lid - Dual compartment top lid features a goggle pocket and ample extra storage
  • Tuckaway Ice Tool Loops - Dual tool loops provide secure attachment on technical ascents and also tuckaway when not in use
  • Side Compression - Dual upper and lower side compression help keep the pack load stable and compressed

Carry Information

Lightwire Frame/HDPE Suspension

  • LightWire™ frame and 1.2mm HDPE framesheet (42l)
  • 1.2mm HDPE framesheet only (32l/22l)

Thermoformed Contoured Backpanel

  • Snow shedding material to reduce ice/snow buildup

Contoured EVA Harness

  • Webbing attachment points and insulated hydration hose sleeve
  • Adjustable sternum strap with whistle

Fixed EVA Hipbelt

  • Single 25mm webbing ergoPull™ closure with padded hipwings
  • Zippered fabric hipbelt pockets


Load Range
25 - 40 lbs.
12 - 18 kg
  Volume Dimensions Weight
WXS/S 2319 in3 / 38 l 23h x 13w x 13d in. 4 lbs.
WS/M 2441 in3 / 40 l 25h x 13w x 13d in. 4 lbs.
WXS/S 2319 in3 / 38 l 59h x 33w x 32d cm 2 kg
WS/M 2441 in3 / 40 l 64h x 33w x 32d cm 2 kg
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