- February 15 2012
I just recently bought this pack for a trip to Jackson Hole. I have tried to fit my powder skis, and they fit perfectly! I use this pack for everyday (I ride my bike to work and use it as a sport bag) and I can have my lunch, my sport clothes, my gym shoes, etc... a lot of stuff inside. You can adjust the dead volume of this pack. I love the way you can organize everything inside and also the color! It is thin and quite light so I think it will work just perfect for those ski days... It is also tough so it looks like it will last a whole life... I would recommend this pack for anyone who is looking for a 1 one-day pack for backcountry skiing!
- February 6 2012
Excellent, Versatile Pack
I used this pack while snowboarding the back country of Silverton, CO. A great mountain, btw. The pack held up beautifully, not that I had any concerns prior to arriving at the mountain. The super soft goggle compartment is great to store your goggles while trekking up the ridge. The A-frame allows for a lot of weight without any structural sacrifice. For some reason I thought there'd be a bladder in the pack when I opened the box. There isn't, just FYI. So purchase one with the pack if you don't have one already. It is a great pack, overall. I used a Kode 22 before this one and the extra storage in the 30 will allow for enough space after packing your shovel and probe. I also plan to use this pack when I go mountain biking in the spring and camping in the summer. Very versatile pack.
- February 12 2011
Great Snowboarding Pack
I recently purchased this pack for sidecountry/ backcountry, day long, snowboarding trips in Colorado. So far, it's been excellent. I'm 6'1, almost 200 lb., and bought the Large and it fits perfectly. I mainly haul extra food and water and layers for my wife and I; the pack has more than enough space for everything I need. I've been able to fit two extra pairs of gloves, two rolled up fleeces and two rolled up base layers in the back, plus extra food without feeling like the back is too bulky to ride on the lifts. And that does seem to be the key - riding comfortably on the lifts. I do have to sit an an angle because the size of the pack, but we were using quad-lifts with four people without any difficulty. The pack sits well and all the weight feels centered once the straps are adjusted properly. For the most part, when I'm riding, it is fairly stable. It does shift a little, but this is to be expected when using any pack for snowboarding. I suspect that a skier wouldn't have any trouble at all. I did use snowboard carrier once. For what it is, I think it does a great job, but I don't think I would use it often. With the pack full of gear, food, water and the board strapped on, it's pretty heavy. The design of the pack is excellent. I can't recall how many times I was glad to have the zippers for the main section in the back. It is extremely easy and quick to set the pack down on the fly and access any of your gear without having to dig down to find it. Definitely convenient. The bite valve compartment is also great to have. It didn't get too cold last time (only lower 20's), but I didn't encounter any freezing issues with the water bladder or hose which I used in it. The integrated goggle bag is quite large and I was able to fit goggles, sunglasses and a camera in it without having to worry about them getting crushed in a fall. My only complaint is the straps. There are straps on this pack to adjust everything; so it fits perfectly. But they also hang down and sometimes get in the way, though never a danger (ie snagging on a chair lift). Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with it. It is built really well and will definitely last me for several seasons to come.
- February 8 2011
Excellent pack for full day
This is an excellent pack for a full day in the backcountry, both size-wise and capacity-wise. I'm 5-foot-10, 150 pounds; the medium is a perfect fit. Nice to have some options there with size. The separate pockets for wet/avy gear and dry gear are bonus. The wet pack is literally a snap as far as entry. There's plenty of room for the AviTEch G3 shovel (just enough length for the handle), probe and such. The dry pack is rear entry, again with ample room for down sweater. I have yet to experiment with either the hydration pocket/sleeve or the ski-carrying capability. For trips of more than one day -- I dunno. For the minimalist perhaps. Might want 30-plus. However, for a full day with a full complement of gear, this pack fares well.
- January 25 2011
Osprey Kode = Great Pack
I bought this pack for my boyfriend as a birthday gift and he loved it. He is 6 feet tall, weighs about 175, has medium broad shoulders, and the medium fit him perfectly. It has compartments and gear loops for everything. He especially loved the wet and dry compartments that keep your stuff separate. It also has an insulated hydration sleeve so that your water line doesn't freeze. The compartments on the waistbelt are pretty useful too so that you have easy access to essentials. He plans to use this for cat-skiing and out of bounds skiing and his snowboard fits well on it. Also Osprey has a great warranty in place where they will fix any of their backpacks, no matter when it was purchased. Overall, he loved this product and feels that it is very useful and the best ski pack he ever owned.