Osprey Kode Series

, February 20, 2011

Osprey’s Kode 22, Kode 30 and Kode 38 backpack collection solidifies the brand’s place in backcountry sports. While the Kode 30 seems to be the more popular version in the series, each pack provides all the core features necessary to navigate the mountains, whether skiing, snowboarding or climbing.

The Kode’s  A-frame system holds any style of ski, with two lower reinforced loops and two upper straps to ensure skis remain secure throughout the day. Skis can also be attached via the diagonal ski carry and a snowboard can be carried using the vertical carry loops.

An important feature of the Kode bags is the avalanche gear compartment; an entire front zip compartment devoted to carrying a probe, shovel handle, blade and first aid kit. The bag is also fitted with a goggle pocket made from fleece to avoid scratching to the lens and a helmet compartment.

The Kode’s ice-axe carry system means that you can store climbing axes or a walking axe when on the move, an essential feature if your backcountry exploration includes steep ground. Another clever addition to the Kode bags are the hipbelt pockets which allow for valuable items, such as phones and wallets to be easily accessible when on the go. Unique to Kode, the SnowShed Backpanel system provides ventilation with an exceptional pack-to-body interface. Osprey have thought hard about this product, anticipating sub-zero temperatures with an insulated hydration sleeve, in which will accommodate their HydraForm Reservoir.

I put the Kode 22 to the test this winter, paying particular attention to the ski/board carrying system which Osprey have used on this product. While any backpack should be well-pocketed and durable, it is very important that the carrying system is designed not offer the most amount of ease to the climber. I can say that the backpack fits skis very well, in either diagonal or vertical positions. The bag’s neat shell moulds well to a climbing posture and with such an accesible hip pocket, you could find yourself going all day.

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