To begin with, the Pro 35+ uses Mammut’s proprietary Protective Airbag System where the airbag expands around your head, not just behind. This gives the user a bit more lift along the length of the body, and more protection around the head in a simple flow of snow.
Another clamshell style, double-zippered panel gives access to a convenient shovel and probe stash panel. Above that panel, a medium sized stash pocket is at the top of the pack for storing goggles or other small items you want fast access to.
Straps exist on the sides to compress the overall size of the pack, or for carrying skis A-frame style. If you prefer, an adjustable loop is in the lower L corner of the back for slinging your skis to the back diagonally, but the convenience of a dedicated strap in the upper R corner (available with the Pro 35 Light) is not part of the trimmings with this pack. Nonetheless, a simple loop near the top center exists for using a simple Voile strap to hold your diagonal carry skis snug at the top.Snowboarders will appreciate the pair of straps across the back for holding a splitboard. Finally, there’s a sneaky panel on the very back for stashing more small goodies, and a harness for holding your helment while you sweat your way to the top.
All those are great, and somewhat expected features in a ski pack. What really sets this pack apart from many others on the market is the back panel access to the main compartment. Having double-zips so you can access the main from either side or the top is great, but being able to get in from the inside, especially when skis are lashed to the outside makes access to any item, at anytime, supremely convenient. In my experience, once you get spoiled with back panel access substitutes are not acceptable. In the airbag pack world, Mammut’s Pro35 is a standout.
Pro 35, PAS
Weight: 5 lbs., 7 oz. (2640 g)
Volume: 35+ liters
Refillable Cartridge (sold separately)
Weight (filled): 1 lb., 6 oz. (630 g)