Designed for skiers and snowboarders, the Karve 6 boasts a very slim, compact package, approx. 3-4 inches thick on your back, 12 inches wide and 19 inches tall. This pack is small, but is perfect for the right projects/use. You can wear this pack on a chairlift, without feeling like you’re going to fall off. The pack easily carries a water bladder, a standard probe, shovel handle, and blade (I have found it best to use a very small shovel along the lines of the Voile XLM and a smaller probe as well for best packability), skins, some food, and a layer. Avy tools are accessed via the side tube sleeves (probe and handle) and inside the main compartment (blade). All-in-all, it’s very easy to get your avy setup deployed with this simple, easy-access design.
The pack has a very nice ski/board carrying system that stows away nicely when you don’t need it. The strap system is designed primarily for stashing your skis on your back when kicking steps/booting up, and it works best when keeping your body in-line. This isn’t a perfect diagonal ski carrying system as there’s a bit of sway built in and there’s no option for a side-carry setup, which I sometimes like better, but for the pack’s size, the ski-carry is great. Snowboarders can use the vertical carry system, a simple strap system that provides nice stability.