Long-revered, Osprey backpacks are some of the most sought after packs on the market today. A core team of designers and hard-core outdoor enthusiasts have been building some of the most comfortable and functional packs for the last 35 years. Osprey has had backcountry ski packs in their lineup for quite some time, but this Fall, look for an entirely-new lineup of ski packs that you’ll want to put on your wishlist.
While many backcountry ski packs are simply sized-down larger backpacks with ski-carrying loops, the new Opsrey Kode series has been built with backcountry skiing in mind from the start. After a quick look at them, I was very impressed. Here are a few details.
Osprey Kode 38, 30 & 22 Backcountry Ski Packs
Available in three sizes: Kode 38, Kode 30 and Kode 22. The 38 is built for all-day backcountry adventures with enough room for extra layers, food, a Jetboil PCS stove or whatever else you may need as you venture deep into the mountains. The Kode 30 hits the sweet spot by being small enough for sidecountry use, but large enough for a multi-hour ski tour. And the Kode 22 delivers sidecountry performance in a sleek and comfortable package.
When I ski in the backcountry, I always bring my helmet along, but it usually ends up clipped to the back of my pack, swaying around and filling with snow. To better accommodate folks like me, Osprey designed the Kode 30 and 38 packs with helmet-carrying in mind–sweet! Other great features include back panel access and organized snow safety pockets (cha-ching!). Of course, they also include built-in hydration sleeves and insulated tube stash. The new Osprey Kode packs will be available Fall 2009, MSRP will range from $119 to $159.
Without question, the Kode 30 is going to be a huge winner for Osprey. It’s just the right size and has some excellent best-in-class features. I’m anxious to get my hands on one.
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