Let’s say that your winter travel endeavors—whether far away or close to home—involve some serious snow fun. And perhaps that enjoyment is found not on ski resorts’ manicured trails, but out in the backcountry. You’ll need a pack that totes your tools for fun, as well as those that can keep you out of trouble. Osprey’s Kode series packs are worth a serious look.
The pack incorporates an EVA foam torso harness and hip belt for comfort while you’re carrying your gear. The full-featured pack employs burly, rubberized straps and reinforced carry wings to secure your snowboard or skis. For boards and snowshoes, the vertical carry mode is the most comfortable and secure. For skis, there’s a choice between a diagonal and A-frame carry mode. Got an ice tool? There’s also room for that, as well as a top panel, stretch mesh stowable helmet carry.