Shoulder straps must be unclipped to access back panel
Simply put, the Osprey Kode 32 has it all for half to full-day forays into the backcountry. This was the single overall favorite out of all the packs in this test. An all-encompassing feature set makes this pack highly versatile in all seasons and its durable and well thought out construction stands out. It’s one limitation—it’ll only carry a single ice tool.
Comfort/Fit The Kode 32 was very comfortable even while carrying a heavy pair of skis and full kit of gear. The pack skied extremely stable also, staying tight and well-balanced at high speeds on skis.
Ski/Snowboard Carry The Kode is equipped to carry a snowboard as well as a pair of skis in either A-frame or diagonal position. Each system is easy to use and both boast large, durable straps and buckles.
Features The looped zipper handles are easy to grab, even while wearing a thick pair of gloves. The pack features a helmet carry, large goggle pocket, and a loop/clip for a single ice tool. Dual hip belt pockets round out this pack’s organizational options.
Ease of Use The Kode is comfortable and easy to use, hitting the nail on the head in almost all the right areas. The annoyance when getting into the Kode 32 is the need to unclip the shoulder straps from the pack’s main body when accessing the back panel. This takes a few extra seconds at every rest stop. Though, this is part of what contributes to the pack carrying so well. On the positive side, the Kode’s hydration bladder hangs on the inside of the back panel, eliminating any potential tube tangling issues like we see with the Heli Pro and Targhee.
Durability Thick straps, burly buckles, and solid body materials will ensure this pack will stand up to all that’s thrown at it for many years. No durability issues were noted during testing.