Mountain Goat Ski Tote Review By DSJ
DSJ, like a lot of folks these days, has joined the growing trend and decided to get more adventurous with our skiing this season. Unless you’ve been living in a tree well for the last five years, you’re no doubt aware of the exploding popularity of back country skiing. But how many of us are actually able to commit the time, the money for special equipment, and the safety training to do it properly?
There is a compromise available, however, in the form of inbounds “hike-to” or “side-country” terrain that is being embraced by many big western resorts and requires none of the commitments above, but only a good set of thighs and a sense of adventure.
I’m excited about the idea of earning my turns, and wherever, and whenever, I get the chance to take on any hike-to terrain, I have resolved to maximize it. But, what I don’t have is a pack to carry my skis. Actually I do, but I won’t use it because I hate wearing a pack for resort skiing! It’s extra weight, a hassle on the lift, and everything I normally carry fits easily into my pockets. As a matter of fact, in the past I just carried the skis over my shoulder. This leaves your poles as extra baggage rather than tools for optimum efficiency and balance, and just basically sucks.
So that’s when DSJ did some googling and found some pocket sized ski carriers. We all know about ski carrier straps, and although some are perfectly functional for off piste use, they are almost all marketed mainly to beginners carrying their skis to and from the parking lot. We believe there is a whole new market for these among expert skiers heading off piste with the Mountain Goat Ski and Snowboard Tote.
Our Criteria for this product was pretty straight forward:
1.) Simple and quick to use on wide skis
2.) Comfortable to wear on your back
MOUNTAIN GOAT SKI TOTE
MOUNTAIN GOAT LAYOUT
Mountain Goat Ski Tote by Brave Ski Mom
It’s an excellent ergonomic choice for bootpacks and climbs. We’re told that the straps tighten down small enough for a five-year-old to carry skis, making it a good option for getting kids from the parking lot to the lodge.