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Mammut Pro X Removable 3.0 35L - Women's Review

This pack is designed for those with a short torso, narrow shoulders, or those under 5'4", and you'll be pleased with its well-thought-out design
mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review
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Price:  $770 List
Manufacturer:   Mammut
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 20, 2022
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RANKED
#4 of 8
  • Backcountry Utility - 22% 9.0
  • Airbag System - 20% 7.0
  • Weight - 18% 8.0
  • Features - 15% 8.0
  • Downhill Performance - 13% 8.0
  • Comfort - 12% 9.0

Our Verdict

The Mammut Pro X Removable 3.0 35L - Women's is a smaller framed airbag pack designed to fit women and smaller-framed men. Although we didn't include any other women's specific airbag packs in this review, we did check them out and compared this model to the smaller sizes produced by other manufacturers, in addition to getting input from female ski guides about their favorite airbag packs. In the end, because of this model's superb fit, comfort, and overall backcountry utility, this was our top pick for ladies and other shorter-framed users.
REASONS TO BUY
Best-fitting pack for smaller users
Awesome pack design
Super comfortable
Big snow safety tools pocket
Great goggle pocket
Well-executed back panel access
REASONS TO AVOID
Mediocre helmet sling
No internal zippered pocket for keys
Must access back panel to get to most of the pack
Hard to maximize volume
Waist buckle difficult to thread
Editor's Note: As of October 14, 2022, Mammut offers this pack in different a color than we tested here. The clamshell zipper is also a contrasting orange so you can differentiate it from the back panel zipper. Otherwise, changes seem minimal from the version we tested.

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Pros Best-fitting pack for smaller users, awesome pack design, super comfortable, big snow safety tools pocket, great goggle pocket, well-executed back panel accessGreat overall pack design, affordable, good snow safety gear pocket, plethora of organizational pockets, canister doesn't take up extra space in the main compartmentTons of useful features, huge snow safety gear pocket, affordable, rides well for a large pack, half back-panel access, lots of pocketsLightweight, comfortable on the descent, good helmet carry system, available in two sizesSuper lightweight, affordable, nice ski carry system
Cons Mediocre helmet sling, no internal zippered pocket for keys, must access back panel to get to most of the pack, hard to maximize volume, waist buckle difficult to threadOne size, average weightHeavy, not great for smaller usersInternal avy tool pocket harder to access, feels small for a 26L, waist belt is micro, minimal back panelUncomfortable if not packed correctly, U-shaped access zipper isn't ideal, no avy tool pocket, small capacity
Bottom Line This pack is designed for those with a short torso, narrow shoulders, or those under 5'4", and you'll be pleased with its well-thought-out designA great pack design with a basic but functional and reliable airbag, all at a respectable weight and a good priceA well-designed larger volume airbag pack that excels for patrollers, backcountry pros, or extended missionsThis is a high-performing and lightweight model ideal for anyone who wants to lighten their loadFor the right user/type of trip, this is one of the most lightweight models available, but you'll have to make some sacrifices in comfort
Rating Categories Mammut Pro X Remova... Backcountry Access... Backcountry Access... Black Diamond JetFo... Mammut Ultralight R...
Backcountry Utility (22%)
9.0
9.0
9.5
6.0
5.0
Airbag System (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
Weight (18%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
10.0
10.0
Features (15%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
6.0
4.0
Downhill Performance (13%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
Comfort (12%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Mammut Pro X Remova... Backcountry Access... Backcountry Access... Black Diamond JetFo... Mammut Ultralight R...
Volume (liters) 35L, 33L with system 32L 42L 26L 20L
Weight with Cartridge (pounds) 6.5 lbs 6.4 lbs 7.1 lbs 4.4 lbs 4.4 lbs
Airbag unit or packs can be purchased separately/independently Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Cartridge type Compressed Air Compressed Air Compressed Air Compressed Air Compressed Air
Approximate cost to Refill $5-20 $5-20 $5-20 $70 $5-20
Volume of Bag(s) 150L 150L 150L 150L 150L
Frame sizes One size One size One size SM/ML One size
Can you fly with it? Yes, domestically in the US when cartridge is empty; internationally when full Yes, domestically in the US when cartridge is empty; internationally when full Yes, domestically in the US when cartridge is empty; internationally when full Questionable, sealed compress gas can is not typically allowed but may be an exception Yes, domestically in the US when cartridge is empty; internationally when full
Helmet carrier Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Snowboard Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Carry skis A-frame or Diagonal A-Frame and Diagonal A-Frame and Diagonal A-Frame and Diagonal Diagonal Diagonal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Geared toward smaller framed users, the Women's Pro X 35 is one of the few women's specific airbag packs on the market, and in our opinion, the most well-executed for all-around touring. This model boasts pleasant ergonomics and a shorter back panel for smaller users.

Performance Comparison


mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - the pro x is functionally well-designed from a backcountry utility...
The Pro X is functionally well-designed from a backcountry utility standpoint and is the best-fitting for ladies and other smaller torsoed users.
Credit: Dallas Glass

Backcountry Utility


This model is one of our favorite overall pack designs, featuring a number of useful pockets and a utilitarian design. Our review team loved this model's giant snow safety pocket which could fit most medium to large probes, shovels, and saws.


We love that the stiffened, fleece-lined goggle pocket doesn't take up room inside the pack, nor is it hard to access when the pack is full. The pack's most vertical zippered pocket provided a spot we used for a "lid/brain" where we kept smaller items that we wanted easily accessible.

Despite its smaller size, it fit most medium (and some larger)...
Despite its smaller size, it fit most medium (and some larger) probes and shovels.
This pack lacks a small internal pocket, but there is a smaller...
This pack lacks a small internal pocket, but there is a smaller zippered compartment on the outside of the pack. This pocket was our go-to for stashing small items we wanted to keep easily accessible.

The exterior of this pack shed snow nicely and proved tougher than average, even with more than three weeks of consistent, rugged use. Best of all, it is 100% recycled.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - we loved the external fleece-lined goggle pocket. it was easy to...
We loved the external fleece-lined goggle pocket. It was easy to access even when the pack was full and did a good job of protecting our eyewear.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

The Pro X Women's is one of the few airbag packs offering back panel access, with a design that is easy to open or close even when full. The pack also has a partial top-loading design similar to many clamshell-style touring packs. The clamshell opening isn't super big, so sometimes it will be necessary to use the back panel zipper to access gear.

This pack is a hybrid of back-panel access with a clamshell design...
This pack is a hybrid of back-panel access with a clamshell design. The back panel is well executed and can even be zipped when the pack is fairly full, but it's hard to truly pack tight compared to top-loading designs.
The zippers don't go down as far as a true clamshell pack, making...
The zippers don't go down as far as a true clamshell pack, making items at the bottom hard to access without going through the back panel.

Carry System for Skis or Snowboard

This model can carry skis or splitboard in both A-frame and diagonal configuration, and it can also carry a non-split snowboard vertically on the back. We found each individual carrying function fast and easy to implement.

As with most airbag packs, it is not recommended to carry your skis or splitboard in an A-frame when there is a chance you might have to deploy your airbag. This is because there is a risk that your skis or splitboard could somehow interfere with the airbag's deployment. In these instances, it is better to use a vertical or diagonal carry which we prefer for shorter carries anyway due to general speed. For longer carries (more than an hour), all of our testers prefer an A-frame, as it is more well-balanced and comfortable overall.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - the compression straps on the sides of the pack can be used to carry...
The compression straps on the sides of the pack can be used to carry skis or a splitboard in an A-frame fashion.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Airbag System


Mammut's Removable Airbag System 3.0 (RAS) is both removable and interchangeable, with a number of pack options that can be purchased separately. This means once you own one airbag system/pack, you can buy a different "airbag backpack" without having re-buy the airbag system. Mammut refers to any their airbag packs sold without the airbag as airbag ready, and these cost around the same as a normal touring pack. Currently, Mammut makes numerous pack options for their airbag system, increasing the overall versatility of its RAS system.


In size and shape, Mammut's rectangular 150L bag is very similar to most other manufacturers' bags. Unlike Mammut's other system, the Protection Airbag Systems (PAS), the RAS 3.0 doesn't wrap around the sides of your head to potentially offer as much trauma protection.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - a look at mammut's removable airbag system 3.0 when deployed.
A look at Mammut's Removable Airbag System 3.0 when deployed.
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The RAS system uses compressed air to inflate its bag, coupled with a venturi valve which helps pull in air as the bag is inflating. Refilling a compressed air canister isn't as easy as plugging a battery-powered model into your wall but, it also isn't very challenging. Most shops that deal with compressed air should be able to fill your airbag canister for a nominal fee, including scuba, paintball, or even glass blowing shops.

Trigger Mechanism

The trigger is fixed on the left side. In our opinion, the trigger mechanisms themselves are not a major factor to consider when purchasing these products.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - mammut's trigger is fixed on the left side. we don't think this...
Mammut's trigger is fixed on the left side. We don't think this should be a deal-breaker, but it's a slight disadvantage for snowmobile riders and left-handed users. We liked its slick design where it folded over itself to reduce its profile and help it tuck away nicely in its zippered shoulder strap compartment.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Travel Considerations

Mammut was thinking ahead with regard to travel when they chose to use compressed air over compressed nitrogen. Flying with an empty compressed air canister is permitted by TSA and the FAA as long as it's in your checked baggage. Hang onto the box that your canister comes in; when you fly, pack it back in this box, as it will clearly identify what your canister is, potentially preventing the TSA from confiscating it. We always go one extra step, putting a note on the box stating that it's empty and that it's for an avalanche airbag pack.

Weight


Users will find the Pro X Women's to have a real-world weight of 6.53 lbs (2936 grams). As this pack is modular, let us break down the weights of the primary components and different options. Stripped of its airbag components, the pack weighs 3.4 pounds (1550g). When full, the standard aluminum canister weighs around 1.53 lbs (694 grams). The airbag system (including the airbag itself, the trigger, and all related and removable attachments) weighs a total of 1.53 lbs (690 grams). This is how we got a total weight of 6.5 lbs (2936 grams) for this pack with the standard aluminum canister. Europe has carbon fiber canisters available, which will save you roughly half a pound, but you can't get these refilled in the US.


Features


The helmet holder on this pack was a huge improvement over the previous model, but it's still not our favorite and not as easy to use as other models. It also covers the small back-most zippered pocket, which is the primary pocket for carrying small items that you want easily accessible, making accessing this pocket a pain when the helmet carrier is in use.


We appreciated the hip-belt pocket on the left side of the pack but wished it was a little bigger and that there was one on each side.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - we liked the zippered hip-belt pocket, but we wish there were two of...
We liked the zippered hip-belt pocket, but we wish there were two of them.
Credit: Ian Nicholson

Downhill Performance


For its volume, our review team found this pack is fantastic on the down. It struck a nice balance between being supportive without being too stiff, something that certainly affects how comfortable a pack is while skiing or snowboarding down.


mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - the pro x is supportive without being overly stiff and performed...
The Pro X is supportive without being overly stiff and performed fantastically on the descent.
Credit: Mammut

Comfort


The fit of this pack is why most people buy it. Ladies and shorter men, if you're having a hard time finding an airbag pack that fits you, the Mammut Pro X Removable 3.0 35L - Women's could be your answer. As for comfort, this pack received the best feedback among users with shorter torsos. The pack panel uses a comfortable and supportive foam that feels great even when we didn't have many layers on.


The shoulder straps are nicely articulated and work well for folks with narrower shoulders. The smaller waist belt is another feature that helped the Pro X Women's to fit more petite people.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - no other model geared toward smaller framed people can match this...
No other model geared toward smaller framed people can match this one for its ergonomics, padding, and fabrics.
Credit: Dallas Glass

Should You Buy the Mammut Pro X Removable 3.0 35L?


This is likely one of the best-fitting airbag packs if you're under 5'6" or have narrow shoulders or a short torso. We found this pack to be very functionally designed with a versatile ski or snowboard carry system, and it has nearly all the features that most folks want in a touring pack, at a reasonable weight.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - we found the pro x women's to provide a ton of value both because it...
We found the Pro X Women's to provide a ton of value both because it is only half the price of most battery-powered models but also because its airbag system is interchangeable and can be swapped between a number of "airbag ready" models (airbag packs sold without the airbag for significantly less money).
Credit: Dallas Glass

What Other Avalanche Airbag Packs Should You Consider?


Another pack that's great for users with small frames is the Black Diamond JetForce UL, which is one of the lightest weight systems we tested. However, the carrying capacity is much lower than many models. All of Black Diamond's airbag packs come in two sizes. If you want a great battery-charged airbag system, check out the Osprey Soelden Pro 32, which utilizes Alpride's supercapacitor system that can be charged via USB or AA batteries.

mammut pro x removable 3.0 35l for women avalanche airbag review - there are few options on the market for petite folks, but the pro x...
There are few options on the market for petite folks, but the Pro X is one of the best.
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