I used the Evoc Line Team pack 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 TEAM 28L Backpack Review
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. If you are going for a short tour or just doing some
sidecountry laps, you can cinch down the side compression straps 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.
Ski and Ice Axe Carry Loops
2 separate straps expand when needed and are otherwise tucked away so they can’t snag up on tree branches or anything else. The axe 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.
One part of the vertical snowboard carry straps started to unravel. It still works fine but I don’t think the stitching should be coming undone after only a few weeks of use.
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 Team 28L pack could be the only winter pack you need.