The new Karve Series from Osprey includes three low profile packs built especially for side country adventures. For those of you looking to ride, the day packs can accommodate your skis, snowboard, and avalanche safety equipment, with insulated hydration and ample storage space for all other winter side country sports.
I took a Karve 11 side country backpack with me to Colorado for use when snow shoeing and multi-pitch ice climbing. The thermoformed back panel and EVA foam harness with adjustable sternum straps make the pack light and comfortable to wear all day. The sternum strap buckle integrates a whistle in case of emergency, while the minimalist hip belt can be neatly tucked behind your back if not required.