The Osprey Kode 22 is a specialized snowsports backpack designed for quick trips into the backcountry, so it would be well-suited for all the ducking beyond the boundary ropes that goes on in the Aspen/Snowmass region.
With a capacity of up to 1,400 cubic inches, this won’t hold your snow camping gear. But it will more than handle your skis, skins, food, hydration, extra layers and all the gear needed for epic snow-chasing days.
One of the bag’s most exciting features is its ability to carry your skis in multiple ways — either the “A-frame” method, or at a diagonal angle with the skis together. It is also snowboard compatible.
There are three main pockets in the bag, one of which is specially designed — and long enough — to hold a probe and shovel. There is also a goggle-specific pouch, and a slot for a Camelbak, which includes an enclosed sleeve in the shoulder strap to keep the hose from freezing.
The waist straps also have convenient pockets that are perfect for a small camera or energy bar. The zippers also all have large grips that even mitten-clad hands can handle.
You get the idea. There is a lot going on with this bag, so much so that I’m still discovering new features a few months after purchase. Some might argue that it is too busy.
Bottom line, the construction on this thing is solid, and it comes with some unique features. The Kode 22 may not be the best all-around pack, but for day skiers that love the sidecountry, it’s about perfect.
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Osprey Kode 22 $129
Ute Mountaineer, Aspen