Four season adventuring companion.
Whether you're cresting a trail on sunny summer's day or going on a light-and-fast backcountry tour in winter, the Burton AK Incline 20L Backpack has you covered. Its compact size offers enough storage space for the essentials when you're searching for powder, and also holds its own as a day hike pack come warmer months.
An avalanche tool pocket allows quick access to your shovel and probe if an emergency strikes. External straps allow you to haul your board in one piece or two when you need to hike on an approach or make the final push to the summit. The new Aeropro Trampoline keeps your sweaty back ventilated on long hikes, and the hydration-compatibility enables you to replace all that perspiration with fresh liquids on the go so you don't have to stop every time you get thirsty.
- Compact backcountry pack for short or light-and-fast tours
- Avalanche tool pocket offers easy access to emergency gear
- Straps carry board in solid or split mode
- Helmet carry and ice ax loops stow technical gear for the ascent
- Pack is hydration-system compatible and includes a routing sleeve
- Fleece-lined goggle pocket holds a fresh pair for the descent
- Aeropro trampoline back delivers ventilation to sweaty back
- Ergonomic and padded hip belt includes pockets for safety gear
- Q & A
Upgrade from my 1999 Burton AK 20L
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I still tour in the Wasatch with my 1999 version of this pack and it works really well, so I bought the 2017 Burton AK Incline 20L because I wanted to. I didn't need to. The initial differences -- time will tell if they're improvements or just differences -- are several: The base material is ripstop, just like my old one. But the 2017 has a thin, rubberized coating that may make the pack more water resistant. The 2017 has two main compartments, one for touring and avy gear and another for everything else. I got creative with my 1999 that has only one big compartment, using the hydro sleeve to store my skins and the slot in the back panel where the removable reinforcement sheet goes to store my probe and shovel handle. The 2017 waistband is padded and has small zipper pockets on both sides, whereas my 1999 was merely webbing. Last of the major differences, but not least, is the "trampoline" back panel on the 2017, which creates an air space between the mesh that will contact my back and the pack, itself. I'm stoked about this feature more than any other, because the one part of my touring set up that isn't nearly perfect is a sweat-soaked back. It seems this feature may make a big difference. But I haven't taken the Burton 2017 Incline 20L backpack out for a tour, yet, mainly because there is no friggin' snow. So, I suppose when there finally is and I give it a few trials I will update my review to clarify which features are "dope" and which features are "nope."
UPDATE: Well, that was quick ... it's later the same day I wrote the initial review. All the usual kit I have packed into my 1999 AK pack for an ordinary day tour many dozens of times will not fit in the 2017 AK Incline, not even close. So, despite all the cool features on the 2017 I'm still going with my trusty old '99er.