I used the Evoc Line Team 28L Backpack for a few weeks of splitboard guiding in the Tetons and snowmobile accessed riding outside of Cooke City, Montana. The Evoc Line Team is marketed as a “technical backpack for offpiste riding or ski, snowboard or snowshoe touring.” At first glance the pack appeared on the casual side, with outside water bottle pockets and tons of pockets and zippers. It seemed to lack the simplicity I usually look for in a backcountry winter pack.
EVOC LINE 28L Review
If you are going for a short tour or just doing some backcountry laps, you can cinch down the side compression straps on the EVOC Line 28L Backpack before packing and it turns into a tiny pack. A nice feature that a lot of 28-liter packs don’t have. At 1140 grams it is also relatively lightweight for its size.
At 28 liters there is enough space to fit extra food, water, and a puffy jacket. There is enough room for skins, poles, first aid kit, and everything else. Aside from volume, this pack compresses down remarkably well.
Separate straps expand when needed and are otherwise tucked away so they can’t snag up on tree branches or anything else. The ax loop is small and simple and works great. The ski carry loop works well too, especially if you prefer the diagonal ski carry over the A-frame style.
Simple tried and true vertical carry system works great. One notable feature here is the quick and easy aluminum buckles that hold the strap system together. They are easy to fasten and take apart with gloves on and are quick and easy to tighten and loosen.
The padded backpanels are nice and comfy and the pack feels good on your back, even when full and heavy.
For me, there are a few too many pockets and side buckles. While some may like the organization this provides, I think it adds a bit too much time to my transitions. I could do without a separate zippered goggle pocket, and the carry straps could all be connected so that you don’t have to undo 4 separate buckles to access the main pack compartments.
A nice, comfortable and functional pack that can do everything. Ski, snowboard, and ice climbing… from resort accessed backcountry laps to full days in the wilderness, the Evoc Team 28L Backpack ($119.95) could be the only winter pack you need.