Tom Bihn packs and skiing/snowmobiling/winter use
The recent arctic weather blast got me to thinking: how do the various materials used in Bihn backpacks and Side Effect-type packs hold up during winter recreation excursions?
I watched the latest Smart Alec video a few times and enjoyed it. The use of a Bihn backpack for winter snowshoeing caught my eye.
But I'm wondering how many folks in this forum would like to comment on how the various packs and their constituent fabrics hold up in the cold, snow and ice. What do you haul in your Bihn packs on winter excursions? Would you like to share your stories and photos?
I have worn a Side Effect (cordura) as a hip pack on winter hikes and winter errands/shopping trips. I have carried it around in a variety of weather but I don't recall taking it on any long hikes. Items I've carried inside the Side Effect: wallet and/or money/loose change, checks, deposit slips, shopping lists, notes, mini-flashlight, glasses case, hand sanitizer, and I've also tried an open-face cheap cellphone with mixed results (too easy to bump the buttons on one of those li'l toys).
I have hauled a Super Ego briefcase in a car or van to business meetings in all seasons. The worst elements it has ever been exposed to would be dirt and animal hair, though. Other than that, it's Light-Duty Rudy and it looks almost like new.
I'd really be interested in how the various backpack fabrics work in winter.