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Carry all you need and choke on the powder of your dreams.
- Two external sleeves with bungees secure your probe and shovel handle, and the front shovel pocket stows your shovel blade and goggles while you hike or skin
- Large main compartment can be accessed with skis or a board attached and holds a hydration bladder (sold separately), food, and layers for extended slackcountry laps
- Diagonal ski carry, vertical snowboard carry, and horizontal snowboard carry let you carry your snow riding tools the way you want
- Padded, reinforced front panel ensures your edges don't rip into the pack or crush what's inside
- Pre-shaped, padded, and snow-shedding back panel and shoulder straps provide a comfortable fit all day long
- Removable webbed waist belt secures the pack without adding tons of bulk
- Insulated hydration sleeve prevents your liquids from freezing and becoming dead weight
- Compression strap condenses the load for easy hauling and also provide additional gear attachment points
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This pack has every thing you need for a day on the mountain. I have the karve 11 and it has ample room for...
An extra shell
An extra layer
2-3 cliff bars
50 ft rope
a face mask
What I especially love about this pack is the ski carry, and how slim the fit is on your back.
fast & light
For the very quick day when you need the bare essentials, the Karve has you covered. Comfy & stylish with basic features to carry all safety gear, items, and supplies for the quick side-country tour or fast excursion- including avalanche safety gear, medical supplies, & personal stuff. Features also include compression strap, webbed waist belt, insulated hydration sleeve, and ski/snowboard carry. It also works for hiking and traveling when you want a light, easy pack.
Great on hill pack. Carry your snacks and water for all day enjoyment on the slopes. Good for short hikes.
Osprey Karve Series Sidecountry Packs
I have the Karve 6 and love it, can you...
I have the Karve 6 and love it, can you tell me what metal shovel would work with this pack? I was looking at the Voile Mini.
These packs are designed to fit up to a 30cm wide shovel blade. I carry a smaller shovel blade--about 25cm--and find that there is plenty of room so it would fit a 30cm just fine... I don't know the dimensions of the Voile Mini, but I imagine that since it is described as "mini", it'll work fine!
Thanks! It's actually more important to...
Thanks! It's actually more important to me that it be well suited to skiing than to biking - I didn't realise the Karve was even more low-profile than the Verve (which I thought would be good as it is very light). I definitely want something low-profile which stays put and influences my balance as little as possible, so I barely notice it on the slopes.
So next question - would I be correct in guessing that for my needs - should fit some snacks, hydration, one layer (either a fleece or winter shell jacket, for layering up or down) and possibly gloves - that the Karve 11 would be a better size than the Karve 6?
I'd say yes. Just the extra winter layer alone will max out the space in the 6L. If all we were talking about was the ultra tiny ultralight rain layer, that's one thing. A fleece layer or a winter shell will take up most of the 6L's space and leave little room for extra gloves, snacks, and cell phone/wallet/keys...
I'm looking for a pack I can use in the...
I'm looking for a pack I can use in the summer and the winter (skiing only in lift-served areas). Does this pack fit well for small females (5'2") as compared to a womens specific pack such as the Verve? Also how would you say the Karve compares to say the Verve (plus the osprey insulated delivery tube).
What do you want the pack to function better for--skiing or mountain biking/hiking? Neither of these will function optimally for the sport it is not designed for. If you are leaning one direction or the other (you ski MUCH more than you mountain bike), go with that.
If you truly only get one pack for both sports, the Verve will function slightly better as a winter hydration pack--it is not as low profile and wide so it may not ride as stable--than the Karve as a mountain bike pack--it is wide and heavy so it will be hot to carry plus the hydration tube is in the shoulder strap so it will be more difficult to get to.