The Kode 22 is fully equipped for quick-hit backcountry missions.

For quick dawn patrols and heading out the gate at the resort, the Osprey Kode 22 Backpack stores your avalanche safety gear and other mountain essentials. The panel-loading design gives you quick access to your puffy or skins, and multiple carry options makes the pack ideal for any kind of backcountry traveler.

  • Insulated hydration sleeve keeps your water from freezing
  • Multiple carry options attach skis or a snowboard
  • Dedicated avy tool pocket gives quick access to shovel and probe
  • Wet/dry gear divider keeps fresh layers away from soggy stuff

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Light is right!

It's a tight fit to get a full days backcountry gear in the 22, but worth it to have such a compact backcountry unit.

5 5

Great Product

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This thing is great! Plenty of room for all my backcountry stuff and more. The fit is great and does the job it says it does!

4 5

Good pack for Skiing and MTB

Used this a bunch for backcountry skiing and am now using it for mountain biking. I purchased the water pack that goes inside and it works perfectly.
The straps could be slightly more adjustable.

the size "S" what are de dimensions in cm?...

the size "S" what are de dimensions in cm? Thanks

how water resistent is this pack? Is it a...

how water resistent is this pack? Is it a good chioce to use in the tropics?

Best Answer Responded on

The Kode pack is designed with backcountry skiing and snowboarding in mind; more frozen water than liquid. It is water resistant but anything more than a drizzle will make its way into the pack. If you want a similar size pack to use in the tropics is would suggest the Osprey Stratos 26 pack (link below), it comes with an integrated rain cover that will make the pack stand up to hard downpours.

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Also... with this pack being designed for winter sports, it's gonna make you sweat like crazy in the tropics!

4 5

Low volume, O.K. organization

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Truth in advertising, the first weekend I had this out I blewout my ACL and PCL, but I don't think it was the bags fault.

As has been stated by numerous people who have returned this pack, it does not have a large capacity. I was using it for lift accessed side country and only carried avy tools and a bit of food & water. For that purpose it has worked very well, however there are two issues that I have.

#1: My probe does not fit well into the tool organizer pocket. I found the only way around this was to pack the probe first and then zip the pocket enough that it was covered, then pack the rest of the gear. That also put a lot of stress on the zipper, and left me concered about how quickly the probe could be retrieved in an emergency. I purchased the pack in S/M, so maybe with the larger torso this will not be an issue.

#2: Minor issue is with the hip pockets. They have a good amount of volume, but that makes it difficult to open or close them one handed. If the material were a bit more rigid the one handed open close might be easier.

I added a photo of everything I would pack for a day trip. Anything more would probably exceed the packs volume.

Low volume, O.K. organization
2 5

I returned the pack

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I took this out for a solid backcountry day. To start, I'm a petite woman (5'5, 115 lbs) and it took a lot to get this pack to fit well and I had ordered the small. It did the basics as I needed, but overall, for someone who enjoys having things organized, this bag was sub-par. Others have echoed this sentiment, but back panel access is almost a necessity, and this bag doesn't have it. Because of how high the zippers are placed, it makes it tough to get things in and out of the main compartment, and its not a big space, to boot. The "internal avy gear pocket" did not fit my avy shovel. Unless you're only planning on short trips and not using it for much more than carrying your sandwich and shovel/ beacon/probe, I wouldn't recommend this bag.

Unanswered Question

is the blue (on outlet sale) the current...

is the blue (on outlet sale) the current year's model? with back panel access?

Just wondering if anyone has used this as...

Just wondering if anyone has used this as a daypack in the summer, looking for something I can use all year round for hiking and skiing. Thanks.

Best Answer Responded on

Since it's designed for snowsports, I suspect that you'll find it doesn't really suit summer use..... in terms of cooling your back, in particular.

Since you don't seem be looking for flotation or anything crazy, you might find it easier to adapt a summer pack to winter rather than the other way around..

5 5

love this pack!!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i got the Large size pack for x mas and been using this the whole week. i fit all my gear that i need plus more with my bladder and love it for east coast skiing. does what i need and is comfortable to wear all day and is great on the back and its on sale cant beat the price for an osprey pack.

love this pack!!
4 5

Good pack with what you need

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this pack a lot, it has everything you need but is slightly cumbersome in that there are a lot of straps on it and its kind of "busy". It doesn't hold a ton of gear so I couldn't see using it as anything but a day pack. Skis strap on nicely though and it has great pockets. The biggest negative I have of the pack is the fleece lined glasses/goggle pocket is also the helmet retention web pocket. So if you have a helmet strapped on the pocket isn't 100% secure. Besides that its a good pack and comfortable.

What has changed from last years Kode 22...

What has changed from last years Kode 22 pack in the outlet to this years pack Kode 22 pack? Only the color or some other valuable features?

Responded on

Osprey redesigned the upper strap of the snowboard carry, cutting down on extra webbing and weight. The front pockets are more accessible also. New helmet carry and some refining of the suspension. all in all, new version is nicer but the old one still functions fine.
And yes John, new colors...

2 5

Not for full day touring.

I bought the Kode 22 and used it for 2 days backcountry skiing. For me this pack is too small.
The zipper only zips open halfway which makes it hard to get to the bottom of the pack.
With some food a puffy and some gloves in the pack I had to strap my shell to the outside of the pack.
Storing skins in the front pocket is crappy since theres just not enough room in it.
Dont expect too carry much gear in this pack.
Go with the Kode 30 and stay away from the 22!

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No offense intended, but the fact that you clearly bought the wrong pack for your needs doesn't really warrant a poor score.

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I used the pack for 2 single days returning to a hut in the afternoon so I just had stuff for the day. Anyways, too small for me.
Doesnt Osprey advertise this as a backcountry pack?? They do.

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I agree with you dave, I upgraded this year from an osprey switch 18 to the 2013/ 2014 kode 22. I thought the 22 would have about the same carrying capacity since it is a larger size (22 vs 18). THIS PACK IS MUCH SMALLER COMPARED TO THE OLD SWITCH 18 THOUGH!!!!

I have gotten to use it about 12 short hikes (top of lift to ridgeline). I too was unable to carry my shell inside of the pack, as the main compartment only had enough room for my mittens, goggles, and baklava. With the switch 18, I could put my coat, goggles, mittens, water bottle and helmet inside.

Also, I used this pack about 12 times and the rear entry zipper became detached and then split while I was hiking.... I would have lost my gear if the person behind me hadnt grabbed it. I am returning it and opting for a larger size, hopefully it will be a better fit.

3 5

Gets the job done, without ease.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned this pack for a little over a year and like the title says, it gets the job done, without ease.

First off, I ordered this pack based on the fact that I have other Osprey packs. One for mountain biking and another for day hikes and short adventures. I love those packs! They work well and fit great!

When I got this pack in the mail I was stoked. It was my first back ski bag. I tried out both ski carry systems (A-frame & diagnol) right away in my living room. The A-frame didn't work too well but the diagnal system worked out great! Quick and easy!

The pack has enough room for day tour essentials BUT getting them in there was the problem. My main issue with this pack is you really cannot pack gear into it that well and keep it organized. I look at it more as a stuff sack. The reason why you can't get all the gear in easily and organized is because of the lack of zipper length, they just don't come down far enough! Because of this I found myself just stuffing things in instead of being able to place them in, what you would think you could have done in a pack this size! Also there is no back panel access. When purchasing this pack I really didn't take that into consideration but after using a friend's pack which had the back panel access I can say that my next pack NEEDS this.

Other than my couple of issues this pack gets its done. The pack is pretty lightweight and seems to hug your body quite well.

Responded on

Hey Chris, don't give up on the kode line for the zippers. The larger sizes do have a full back panel zip that makes it very easy to access everything.

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Osprey learned from this and this years model has a zipper that opens more.

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'1" 185lbs. I got a Large size in this Kode 22. It fits me great and I love all the different pockets it has. The main pocket that is closet to your back allows for tons of stuff to be packed into it and also has a goggle pocket in there to keep the lenses on your shades/goggs fresh. The next pocket out from that is for your avy gear and it has a slot for your probe, shovel blade, and shovel shaft. Next you have a little pocket furthest from your back that I enjoy stashing my sandwich in. It keeps it away from getting smashed by my other gear in the pack and it has a clip for your keys in there as well.

I really like how you can synch this bad boy down to your body with the chest strap and waist belt. It keeps it tight to my body even when I took a few serious diggers.

When calculating my torso length should I...

When calculating my torso length should I take into account what I plan on wearing when using the pack? Like with the Kode line, most people would use it in the winter with all their layers.

Best Answer Responded on

That should not make a difference for torso length. The distance between your iliac crests and c7 vertebra doesn't change with extra clothing layers. If it does, please seek medical attention immediately.

Responded on

Layers don't effect the frame length enough to notice and there is plenty adjustment in the straps for the average person to cinch down and loosen up as needed. If you are between frame sizes, usually going with the larger works best, but it depends on the frame construction. I usually make a point of trying a frame size before purchasing but even then, you really don't know how comfortable it is until you've worn it packed to the gills and walked for hours. Good Luck!

I'm 5"8' 170 lb's, I'm looking for a pack...

I'm 5"8' 170 lb's, I'm looking for a pack with around a 24L volume. Do you think a large Kode 22 would fit me? Or would a small Kode 30 be better? I could live with a the Medium Kode 22 only if it was the best fit.

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Please go here to size your torso:

That can accurately answer your question since height only minimally correlates to torso size.

I would go with a Kode 30 if you have to go with a Small or Medium simply because of the rear-panel entry option available on that pack but not on the Kode 22. It is a great feature that you'll value even if you have to carry a slightly larger pack than you'd prefer...

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I was also wondering which is more important the size S,M,L or the Cu. In.? As I stated I have a preference but not sure how much of a difference a size larger or smaller makes? A smaller pack is what I'd like as I have 32L pack at home and looking for something that'll fit the quicky day pack range.

5 5


This pack has it all, ski/board carry system, insulated sleeve, tight feel, durable material, mad pockets, its awesome