Backcountry skiing is all the rage right now, but sometimes you just want to ride the lifts and find untracked powder beyond a resort’s boundaries. In those instances, you don’t need a full, heavy pack filled with tons of gear to get you through an entire day of touring. Enter the Karve 11 pack from Osprey. This small, functional pack is just the right size to carry your avalanche safety basics (probe, shovel) and still have space for water, food and an extra layer while shredding the sidecountry. I got to ski with the Karve 11 for the past few months, and found it the perfect pack for lift-accessed pow seeking.
The Karve 11 has tons of features that you would expect from a quality company like Osprey, such as a burly padded, reinforced front panel that deflects wear and tear (read: sharp ski edges while hiking,) a removable waist belt that’s low profile and light, insulated hydration sleeve that won’t let your water freeze, Z-shaped compression straps that are quick and easy to use and allow for diverse ways to carry gear, and of course Osprey’s awesome padded back panel that sheds snow and allows back sweat to breathe away.