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    The perfect sized pack for short tours and backcountry missions.

    In bounds, out the gate, or full-on backcountry — the Osprey Kode 32 Backpack doesn't discriminate when it comes to a day out in the snow. This mid-sized ski pack holds your avy tools and other essential equipment for short tours or shredding the backcountry.

    The Osprey Kode 32 was constructed from 420 denier nylon. It features an Airscape back panel that allows ventilation between you and the pack. For added comfort, the adjustable shoulder and chest straps have been molded from EVA foam. Meanwhile, compression straps and panel loading allow the pack to be configured according to what you need to carry. From ice tools to a snowboard, a dozen different arrangements are possible. Additionally, hip belt pockets allow easy access to your camera or phone. Gear carrying is for naught if you're parched by the time that you reach the peaks. For this reason, an external hydration pocket has been added in order to keep your thirst at bay.

    • 420 denier Nylon
    • Panel and compression loading
    • External hydration pocket
    • Stow-On-The-Go trekking pole attachments
    • Adjustable torso straps
    • Item #OSP0340

    Tech Specs

    [body] 420D HD Nylon, [torso harness and hipbelt] EVA foam
    [small, medium] 1770 cu in, [large] 1953 cu in
    layered snowshed backpanel
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    back panel
    [external] 1 goggle, 2 hip belt, [internal] 1 helmet carry, 1 safety
    Ski Carry
    yes, A-frame
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical, horizontal
    21 x 12 x 11 in
    Claimed Weight
    3 lbs
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased this as a gift for my husband, and this is what he said to say about it.

    "This pack is just all around well thought out - snag this one on the sale price while you can because it's well worth whatever it's going for... it's even worth full price if that's your last option. Some of the details that set this bag apart from other bags for backcountry riding are the helmet carry system that's actually integrated into the bag on one side as opposed to having to clip to the bag, the insulated shoulder strap bladder hose housing-- because even with an insulated bladder hose your mouth piece will freeze if it's not protected from the wind (hooray for not having to tuck the mouth piece in my bibs anymore!), and of course the rear access to your bag because last thing you want to do when you stop to dig a pit is chase half of your belongings downhill because you were exhausted when you opened your dumb old bag. Osprey's bomber quality has me feeling real nice about knowing that this bag will still be on my back in 5 years."

    Love this Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Coming from a North Face guy I always knew Osprey had good packs.. but this pack is amazing. Pockets everywhere. Took on some one nighters and fit everything I needed, I broke the tent down and put on bottom of pack, the sleeping bag fit as well but was tight. I also took on a plane as a carry on and loved traveling with it. I can't wait to backcountry ski with this pack because that what it seems it was made for. The back opens the front opens love it. Pockets and helmet spots make it even better.

    Awesome Pack - Great For Multi-Use

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I can't say enough good things about this pack! I've used this now for about 40+ ski days and another 10+ snowshoe/hiking days and it has performed extremely well. The construction quality of this bag is top notch - my biggest annoyance with ski touring bags is when they fail to hold their shape and structure the more use and packed they get. This bag is sturdy and has a great ergonomic fit when riding.

    The pockets for avy equipment - probes, shovel etc is adequately sized and functions exactly as it should. Just know that you probably can only fit one shovel in it, although I haven't tried you'd probably be hard pressed to squeeze two in there. The helmet carry works perfectly and keeps it snugly away from banging the back of my head when strapped in.

    Access to the back panel for hydration sleeve and main compartment is made suuuuper easy by the zipper pulls (thank you Osprey!) they are so great when you need to open it up with gloves on.

    Last thing I'll say is just a comment on Osprey in general; in my humble opinion, they make the best packs around. I've used another one of their packs for my multi-day backpacking trips and this one from hiking/skiing/touring etc. You really can't beat the craftsmanship and thoughtful design for practical use. I'd give them 6 stars if it were possible.

    Awesome Pack - Great For Multi-Use

    Great snug fit

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

    I picked this up recently on steep and cheap. I like the snug, sturdy, close, and ergonomic fit of this pack. You put it on and it feels like osprey does their homework. The pack skis well.
    I also like the zippers, the hydration pouch, and the chest strap and waistbelt. The only thing I don't like is the lack of a dedicated and obvious exterior shovel pouch. Maybe I am too resistant to change or stuck in old school mode. It's not a basic top loader pack. Organizing my shovel and probe poles didn't seem obvious. I still think it's well made and I will use it a lot.

    Solid Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this for my wife earlier this season. I've had the older kode 30 for around five years now and have loved it. This one is a bit bigger and has a couple of pockets mine doesn't that are a nice touch. All in all the pack works great for what we need skiing the big sky area and hiking. Ski or board attachment is simple, straps are comfy, and the straps are plenty long to wear with any combo of layers/jackets. Materials seem on par with my old one. The s/m fits my wife well who is 5'4" and a size 2. At 6'2" 215 I'd definetely go with the larger size option.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    By far the biggest problem with this pack is the micro zippers. They function poorly even when not under a load. With the pack full in bad weather they will be a nightmare. The fumble some snap adjust buckles aren't much better. Also too many compartments for a small pack.
    I would not buy another Osprey.h

    Kode 42

      Not since the ECLIPSE has Osprey made a pack that worked so well at packing skis:
      The KODE is that pack.
      It is designed to carry skis (or a board) several different ways. It could easily carry two sets (anyone got a GF?) with comfort.
      Another feature that I like are the zipper pulls. They have finger loops! For anyone who has tried to use a zipper with cold fingers; this makes a difference.
      And it also has pockets! I love being able to stash little used items away from the main pocket.
      This 42L pack held everything my 45L one did, and there is still room left over.
      The only oversight I found; Was there was no simple way to attach the ice shaft. A fast tex buckle and wee bit of webbing put through the belt loop just up from the ice axe loop solved the problem.
      As for sizing: I'm 5'9'' 145# and the s/m fit perfectly. While dropping down steep slopes it moved with me. Never felt like it was trying to throw my balance off.
      Great pack!!

      Best pack ever.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used this pack close to 500 days, resort riding, side country, all day tours, you name it. This is the most well thought out pack I've ever used. The front pocket perfectly fits a shovel, probe, saw, and snowpack study equipment/field book. With all the essentials tucked away and well organized in the front pocket it leaves plenty of room in the main pocket for skins, extra layers, crampons, lunch etc. I often keep an extra pair of gloves and hat in the goggle pocket in addition to goggles and a radio and have never had any issues with encroachment on main pocket space. The hip pockets are roomy, the helmet sling tucks away so tight you wouldn't even know it's there and it A-frames a pair of skis like a boss.
      After three plus seasons of using this pack every day I have yet to have any issues with the craftsmanship. I've replaced a few buckles but besides that nothing else has failed me. I would highly recommend this pack to anyone in search of a quality ski pack.

      Not Bad, but not great

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Have had this for a few years, and have used it for many skiing and snowmobiling trips, in addition to regular daily use as a school bag. It has held up just fine, no undue wear or tear, no failures of any sort, and looks nearly as good as it did new. My main concern is that the design of the pockets does not allow for effective packing. for example- Fill up the main compartment completely, and your goggle pocket is useless, being smashed into the top of the bag. Also, the front pocket becomes too tight to fit much in there. Vice versa, fill any of the other pockets up with hard or odd shaped items, and you are quite limited in filling the other pockets. Just annoying and uncomfortable to load. Very comfortable pack though, and the belt pockets function nicely. Yet, as someone else noted in another review, loading either skis or snowboard with an helmet attached makes for awkward hiking and moving, with stuff not quite secured as it should be. One last thing, is that a full day at a resort, if it's snowing, or you place the pack in the snow, it can get wet inside. On a powder day when everything is covered and melts quickly, things can get damp/wet depending on where they are in the bag. I know this pack doesn't claim to be waterproof, and for the most part it works ok, but the times when my gear got wet were quite frustrating and annoying. I'm not sticking it in puddles, nor am I using it in the rain, so, you know, I'd like my snow bag to stay dry in typical snowy circumstances.
      TLDR(too long didn't read):
      Good= comfortable, good looking, durable.
      Bad/Dislike= doesn't pack well, can get wet.

      Hey Aaron, thank you for taking the time to write. Did you utilize he dry pocket for apparel? Also, when I used mine, I found that when my skins got in there, they wetted things out from the inside. The pocketing issue you raise is legit, but unless we physically carve out space for the goggles (which would be a loss of space if you didnt need to put your goggles there), then that pocketing really has the benefit of going either way! It really leaves it up to the packer on how best to use it.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to write, and hope that the Kode continues to serve you on the best of powder days!

      Osprey Rep

      Great for touring

        The Osprey Kode was made for touring and it absolutely excels at that. A thirty two liter is the perfect size for a day trip.

        The main compartment is large and easily accessible behind the back panel. There are smaller, separate compartments throughout the pack which help to stay organized and the helmet cary is a must; however, it does cover a good top pocket. This pack has fantastic a-frame carry for skis and splitboards and carries one ice axe well.

        There is a separate avalanche equipment pocket in the front of the pack that is well designed for organization of the the avy tools. This pocket however is a little bit two small for full size shovels when the pack is stuffed.

        The Kode32 is a great touring pack; however, would not due for a ski patrol. Not enough room. It is also lacking when it comes to ski mountaineering. It holds only one ice axe well, and there are no extra gear loops. I highly recommend it for basic touring.

        Great for touring


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        i've had this pack for a little while now, and it truly is one of the best on the market. It's super comfy and has everything you need without much that you don't. It is very versatile as well, this pack can handle almost anything. The only problems I have with it are that when it's packed, there isn't much space in the avy pocket, and when you have a helmet strapped on, it gets in the way of everything, and makes it hard to do an A-frame with skis (but not impossible). Overall, get the pack, and then show it off to all of your friends.

        That's me with the hoodoo red pack :)


        great pack

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

        used it to hike up into tuckerman last week. held my skis a frame style, poles,boots(my boots fit in the large compartment accessed thru the back of pack) helmet, goggles, 70 oz of water, gloves, extra shirt, jacket, thin puffy, socks, snack, ice ax, & crampons. had a sweet hike kept everything stable with all the straps. stable when skiing down. my feet are small (23.5)so i dont think that many people would be able to put their boots in the pack(would have to attach to bindings on skis). i got the s/m size fit good I'm 5'6

        great pack

        how does one know what size osprey pack they need?

        Can someone clarify whether the Kode 32 carries skis diagonally and in an A-frame, or only in an A-frame? On this site it appears it only carries skis in an A-frame but on other sites I've read that it can carry diagonally as well.

        How is this pack for backcountry snowboarding? I have a regular board, not a split board. 2 night trip.

        Samantha - this is killer for a snowboard. The straps at the bottom and around the top hug your board in tight. 32 litres is snug for a winter 2 night, but doable. The Kode 42 will be great here if you think you might need the extra volume.

        Happy New Year!


        Osprey Rep

        How do you carry a shovel with this pack. Size for a guy 5'11" 160lbs?


        Unanswered Question

        I'm trying to purchase a pack for my...

        I'm trying to purchase a pack for my daughters ski trip. The description of the Kode 42 reads "reservoir hanger and an insulated router for hands-free and ice-free drinking." ...while the Kode 32 reads "an external hydration pocket has been added in order to keep your thirst at bay." . QUESTION: Does the Kode 32 have the same insulated hose pocket or is it just available on the Kode 42 and is the integrated rain cover only available on the Kode 32, I saw no mention on the Kode 42 for having a rain cover...which would be nice.

        Thanks for any assistance.

        I'm interested in getting this pack, but...

        I'm interested in getting this pack, but I do end up on lifts often enough. The 22 is too small, is this one comfortable on the lift? Or am I going to feel like im hanging off of it?


        Best Answer

        Really depends on what you have in it. If you pack this thing full then yeah, you will probably have a little trouble being comfortable on the lift, but if you just have skins, a probe, and shovel with maybe a snack or something then you should be fine. If it's too bulky you can always swing the pack around onto your lap while on the lift as well.

        Can you fit ski boots in this bag. I bought...

        Can you fit ski boots in this bag. I bought the 22 and I cant get both boots in the bag. A ski bag that doesn't fit the ski boots is a waste.

        Best Answer

        I think you might be trying to use these packs for a slightly different then intended use. They are designed to be ski backpacks in the sense that you wear them while skiing, often in backcountry terrain. You would be wearing your ski boots and skis in this scenario. In your pack you would keep your shovel, probe, skins, snacks, water, extra layers, etc. If you had to hike up something steep and took your skis off to put crampons on your boots you could also attach your skis to this pack. In no scenario do I see a need to put your ski boots "in" this pack. If you are looking for something to keep your ski gear in while driving up to the ski mountain/walking from your car to the lodge I think you might want something more along the line of this:

        Good luck!

        That's link goes to a boot bag you would wear to a ski resort. I been backcountry skiing for years and I am not into skins and that setup. I would like a pack that holds skis nice and is desiged to do so, then I put my skis on the pack, and inside boots, shovel, snow axe, food, etc. I climb mountain Washington and ski Tuckerman Ravine about 30 times a season. Also after April we are forced to climb 4 hours to the top of the ravine ski the ravine for a few hours then pack back up and hike all the gear out. I was using a sweet LL Bean pack for years but it is old, and my North Face packs are for 3 days or more. So that's why I need a snow pack that can fit ski boots. Any help would be great.

        I am from NH (Conway area) orginally but have not been back really since high school. Why not head back to the Bean and actually try out packs there or look at EMS to see what works. Most of what EMS has om their store is on this website anyways if you are trying to save money.

        I have a question. I really like this pack,...

        I have a question. I really like this pack, have tried it on in the store a couple of times, but I never thought to evaluate the breathability of the back panel. I will be using this backpack in cold weather, but also want to use it for warm or hot weather. If you think this pack will make me sweat and not offer some breeze, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Thanks!

        The shoulder straps will be fine for summer time stuff but the back panel of ski\alpine packs is designed to shed snow as well as be comfortable. They will for sure keep you sweaty. That said, ski packs are awesome for hiking because of the unique pocket layouts and compressibility. If you're not going to be using it for a lot of skiing but mostly hiking you may want to look into something else.

        What probe fits the best in the osprey 32...

        What probe fits the best in the osprey 32 I bought the 230 probe and it s a bit too long for this pack. Any Suggestions?

        Unanswered Question

        Hi, I've noticed the newer season bag has...

        Hi, I've noticed the newer season bag has zips that go further down as well as an extra pocket. I am wondering if you are stocking this latest version of this pack as well?

        Hi, I've noticed the newer season bag has...