To conduct our 2015 ski touring day pack test, test director Ben Conners recruited a team of testers who used these packs on day trips throughout Colorado inbounds along with multiple day trips into the backcountry of Southwest Colorado. They compared them side by side rating them on our five main criteria—comfort/stability, ski/snowboard carry, features, ease of use, and durability. The Gear Institute Rating is the combined score across all categories, representing the highest overall level of performance.
Osprey Kode 32L
Simply put, the Osprey Kode 32 has it all for half to full-day forays into the backcountry. This was the single overall favorite out of all the packs in this test.