GearPatrol.com – Featuring Kode Series – March 25, 2015 – Osprey Packs Press
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GearPatrol.com – Featuring Kode Series – March 25, 2015

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With winter in the rearview mirror, groomers are getting tracked out and turning to slush, and many ski resorts in the west are even calling it a season. But this is when the backcountry comes alive. Touring — making self-powered ski ascents to the top of virgin powder runs — was once a niche corner of snowboarding. Now, as splitboards finally come into their own, more and more riders are venturing out of bounds…

Splitboarding is a highly nuanced way to move around the mountains and it could take an entire season to dial in your system. But with right equipment — and a PHD in avalanche awareness — you’re ready to start the journey…

A splitboard touring pack needs to be able to carry five things, at a minimum: your board (either as one piece or as skis) in case you find yourself on terrain that requires you to walk, avalanche safety gear (probe and shovel), poles, skins and lunch. Osprey’s Kode models are smartly designed to hit three sweet spots: a 22 liter for the bare essentials, a 32 liter, and a 42 liter for long days or hut-to-hut tours…

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