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ElevationOutdoors.com – Featuring Kode 42 – April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015
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Osprey’s Kode 42 is billed as a technical backcountry snow pack with a 42-liter capacity for hut trips or ski patrol missions. With one last hut trip on our calendar for the season, we thought it’d be a great opportunity to check out the packs as they sounded pretty ideal on paper for a few days in the winter woods above Basalt.

Packing up the Kode 42 for a hut trip quickly highlights its size, for better or worse. The 42-liter namesake capacity is specific to the M/L size, as the S/M size actually measures out to be 40-liters – this is something we jokingly, yet somewhat accurately, argued to be a wash, as smaller people needing the smaller pack generally carry smaller jackets, pants, hut slippers and the like, thereby making the 2-liter reduction close to proportional. Then there’s the variation in space a thong takes up compared to a pair of large boxers, but I promised I wouldn’t mention that.

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BCTreks.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – April 2015

April 1, 2015

For over 40 years, Osprey has been raising the standards for backpack comfort, functionality, and innovation. Luckily for us, Osprey has also been catering to the backcountry travelers that prefer to wear avalanche airbag backpacks. The technology has transformed and improved in the past few years and avy packs are becoming an essential piece of equipment for backcountry travel.

Tyson and I recently upgraded our avy backpacks and each got ABS Vario Base Units. Our favorite feature about the ABS bags is the fact that you can get different size zip-ons but only have one airbag deployment system…

That’s where the Kode 42 by Osprey comes in to play for us. It is ABS compatible so just like the ABS zip-ons, the Kode has an identical zipper on the back panel that attaches the Kode to your ABS system. What’s even sweeter than the Kode attaching to your ABS is the fact that while the Kode is ABS compatible, it also comes with it’s own zip-on straps and comfortable back panel…

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TetonGravity.com – Featuring Kode 42 – February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015
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I’m always looking for a perfect pack to suit my needs. I’ve had many friends love their Osprey packs, and although I own a very old climbing pack of theirs, I’ve been wanting to give their newer ones a try for some time now. The Kode 42 did not disappoint, and definitely lived up to my expectations.

The size is perfectly fit for my needs of day trips or overnights in the Tetons. The Medium/Large size of the Kode 42 fits perfectly on my back, which is sometimes hard to find for me, being 6’4”. I love the multi pockets on the top, since I usually end up storing a lot of things I’ll need on the fly here in the Tetons, and there is plenty of room to fit my needs and still not squish my lunch…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Kode 42 – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015
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The idea of skiing pristine backcountry snow has slowly grown from a small community of Rock Mountain extreme skiers and climbers to a powerful group of professional riders, weekend warriors, and vacationers…The fat bike revolution opens up more terrain not only to skiers and boarders, but winter adventurers in general… We decided to see what all the hype was about – and escape the balmy sixty degree temperatures of Salt Lake City – and packed our gear up to pedal to powder at 10,000 feet in Utah’s Wasatch Range. Read on for a look at the best snow biking gear this season.

Osprey Kode 42
Osprey has been building serious mountain packs since 1974. Their Kode series are dedicated backcountry skiing gear haulers for any conditions, and the Kode 42 is the largest and most versatile of the bunch. Designed for big mountain skiers to carry climbing and avalanche safety gear, this pack is the perfect hauler for all your winter needs. It will carry skis or board as well as maintains space for helmets, rope, and has dual access from the top or back panel with gear organizers to keep your essentials dry and within reach…

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TheManual.com – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014
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It’s not easy to resist the allure of fresh powder and pristine slopes — after all, some of the finest runs you’ll likely ever encounter rest within the backcountry. However, unlike the controlled terrain of your local park or ski slope, the distant areas outside the confides of the park often hold their own peril. Avalanches, the unpredictable force of nature known to obliterate everything from trees to buildings, always pose a risk. Fortunately, the Osprey’s Kode ABS 42 is designed for such occasions.

Specifically crafted with ABS compatibility in mind, the 42-liter is more than just a mere organizer. The thermoformed back panel unzips, allowing you to attach an ABS base unit and providing you with additional protection in case of an avalanche. With the quick pull of the explosive handle, nitrogen canisters help deploy the dual balloons housed within the ABS unit, thus increasing your odds of staying afloat when caught in an onslaught of snow and debris. Moreover, the jet-black pack touts an enormous front panel for quickly accessing other avalanche safety equipment — i.e. a probe, shovel, beacon — and other gear stored in the dedicated sleeves…

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OffPisteMag.com – Featuring Kode 42 – October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014
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Last winter, we took  10 backcountry ski packs (non-airbag) for an extended spin. The line-up included packs from Arcteryx, Black Diamond, Cilo Gear, Deuter, Exped, Gregory, Jones and Mammut, Ortovox and Osprey.  Here excerpts from the reviews and a link to the full backcountry ski pack review – pdf.

Osprey Kode 42; Weight: 3 lb 14 oz
The Kode 42 is the flagship pack in Osprey’s ski and snow line. Osprey has a reputation for designing packs that fit and carry as well as any bags in the business, and the Kode 42 does just that. It’s a hybrid top-loader that adds a zippered back panel for unfettered access to your stuff. And, at 42 liters, there’s plenty of space for a full day tour and then some – like the extra six-pack and burrito fixin’s that are sure to make the first night at the yurt more fun.

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OutsideOnline.com: Winter Buyer’s Guide – Featuring Kode ABS Compatible 42 – October 2014

October 1, 2014

Like the OnTop, the Kode has tons of options: it can carry skis A-frame or diagonally or a snowboard vertically. We also loved getting into the main pack via the top and back panel and all the user-friendly touches, like the built-in antiscratch pouch for your goggles. Not heading into avy-prone terrain? A removable back panel allows you to zip off the ABS-airbag system in a few seconds, saving you four pounds.

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