Salewa Sella 26L

Salewa Sella 26L Backpack

Salewa has recently launched the Salewa Sella 26L backpack to able satisfy the most demanding skiers: compact, stable and super comfortable. Intrigued by the novelty, we asked more about it to Alessio Innocente, Salewa Product Manager Equipment.

What is the defining feature of this backpack?

The carrying system consists of the Dry Back Contact backrest with 3D ventilation channels that allow good breathability and a dry back. Other particular features are the Split Shoulder Straps and the waist band who also with a “Split” structure, which follow the skier’s movements without limiting them.

Who is it meant for?

For the most demanding skiers who love to explore the mountain and its slopes on skis.

In which way is it different compared to models such as Randonnée or Winter Mate?

Sella is dynamic and compact, designed for those looking for performance on skis. It has a double way to fix the skis (one of which is “on-the-go” to place them on the backpack without having to remove it) and a stable fit for the most demanding descents. Its Regen Robic fabric is tough and made from 100% recycled nylon. Randonnée, on the other hand, has a larger load volume, suitable for longer tours and where more equipment is required. Finally, Winter Mate is the ideal companion for those who love to explore the winter landscape and to enjoy the snowy slopes.

How many external pockets does the backpack have? Is there one for the avalanche kit?

Salewa Sella 26L has a front compartment dedicated to emergency equipment, in order to make it accessible quickly and safely. In addition, there is also a top pocket, a separate pocket with access on the bottom and a pocket on the waist belt to keep the strap for attaching skis “on-the-go”. However, maximum accessibility is given by the “all-around” zip opening with three sliders.

Can this backpack also be suitable for other activities?

Sure. The double ice-axe holder, the integrated helmet-holder net or the separate pocket on the bottom, for example, make it a product also suitable for mountaineering. The carrying system is another example of versatility in various activities, including hiking.

Why did you develop it in a single size?

The focus on the stable carrying system, the balanced compactness and the volume suitable for carrying essentials led our testers to particularly appreciate this size.

Are there any differences between the men’s and women’s models apart from the size?

I always like to say that a backpack is meant to be worn, not carried. In fact, over the years our designers have made some adjustments to the carrying system to better follow different anatomies.

How did the market react this winter season? Is it a product understood and appreciated by consumers?

The first months it was in the stores it has given us great satisfaction and those who have put it on their shoulders since the beginning of the season are satisfied with it.

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