The Patrol 35 from Mystery Ranch is built with back country skiers and snow boarders in mind. At 35 liters, it is larger than most light day packs, but that is because it is intended to be used by those doing long day trips, or even over nights out of a hut or other circumstances where a shelter is not carried. It features a dual-pocketed, floating and removable top lid atop a draw strip snow collar for top entry, as well as a zippered back panel access. On the face of the pack is an attached beavertail to assist in carrying over loads, under which is a panel opening pocket containing 3 sleeves designed to carry avalanche tools. It is capable of carrying skis diagonally or on the sides with the integrated straps and a snow board horizontally under the beavertail. The suspension features a version of the Futura Harness and a nicely contoured and padded forward-pulling waist belt with some small pockets. I thought the inclusion of the beavertail in addition to the floating lid made the pack a bit "strapy' and complicated, and would have preferred a cleaner design, but this is a purpose-built pack, designed to suit a very specific user. It fits in that role particularly well.
Carry on all and God bless,