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When snow’s on the ground, the Kode is on your back.

Avalanche professionals, ski guides, and backcountry powder freaks flock to the Osprey Kode 38 Backpack for its versatile, comfortable carrying, large capacity, and streamlined design. The Kode features multiple carry options for both boards and skis, as well as plenty of pocket storage for all your essential winter items.
  • Reinforced straps carry skis or a snowboard
  • Backpanel access into a large dry pocket for extra clothes and gear
  • Top-loading access lets you quickly get at your avy gear
  • Insulated hydration sleeve helps you stay well-watered without any freeze-ups

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5 5

Osprey quality is top notch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Added this to my collection of luggage, packs and hydration from Osprey. They make super quality bags, that if they fit will last a life time. Run small, but still works well for me. I'm 6'4" an weigh prob 260.

4 5

Stood up to Fitz Roy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hiked all throughout Patagonia for 8-9 hours per day for 5 straight days carrying about 30 pounds of gear with me at the beginning of each day. This is a great back with great variability. The only problem is the lack of padding on the shoulder and hip straps. The hips straps dug into the tops of my pelvis after long days of hiking and I'd prefer something made with more padding.

works for my simple needs

works for my simple needs

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I load it to the max with skis, boots and snow shoes and its still comfy..

5 5

Weapons Grade

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So this is an update from my original review where I took one star off for the small waist belt buckle. I thought I wouldn't be able to operate with mitts on...turns out I was wrong. I have toured several days with this backpack on Mt. Washington (NH) and it works great. Well done Osprey.

4 5

Full featured ski pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very comfortable pack. Pockets for pretty much everything, and the large pocket has a full zipper so you can get right to the bottom if you need to. Lots of room, I can fit a dslr along with extra layers and all my avy gear. The zippers are easy to use with gloves, however, I managed to rip one of the toggles off while yanking on it. My probe(G3 speedtech 320cm) is a tight fit in the avy tools pocket.

4 5

Great skiing and all-around pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great pack! Wears well, easy to ski in, comfortable to wear all day. Easy to use ski carry, packs down well for shorter trips, and has lots of room for longer trips or short over-nights.

4 stars because: ski carry contact points aren't reinforced, so you'll have some small holes in the pack after your first few ski-carries. For ski mountaineering, would've preferred a crampon compartment to a snowboard attachment strap.

Will this bag ship to Canada?

I have...

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Will this bag ship to Canada?

I have been looking for this bag just about everywhere and Backcountry.com as the best price to offer on this bag. I don't really like the new model (even though it's pretty much the same thing) mainly for the size. 38 liters fits the bill. I know there is a shipping fee (approx. 28$), but even then that would not hinder me.

I just want to be sure it arrives at destination..

Thanks!

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You are in luck, we should be able to ship this to you in Canada. If you ever have any questions on what brands we can or cannot ship outside of the United States you can check our international polices below.

5 5

Great pack for skiing.

Great pack for day ski trips in the Wasatch. Took it to Europe for a 5 day hut to hut on the Berner Oberland. It easily carried ski crampons, boot crampons, avi equipment plus lunch and some clean clothes for the huts. Carries heavy/large loads with ease.

Bow-tie Arch

Bow-tie Arch

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Found this pack to work amazing for canyoneering. Rope fits in perfect and stays separate from rest of pack... Fits well and thicker material for rough sand stone.

5 5

Real-World Airplane Carry-On Spec

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

Love this pack, Great Product help from Backcountry.com!
The ability to open the pack from the side zip without taking the lid off is a huge PLUS.

The Kode 38 LARGE has a backpanel height of 21".
Add the size of the built-in Helmet/Goggle lid and the height of the pack grows to over 27"-- Way to LARGE for airplane carry-on.


The Kode 38 MEDIUM has a backpanel height of 18"
Add the size of the built-in Helmet/Goggle lid and the height of the pack grows to about 24"-- Just right for carry-on.

If you cinch the helmet/goggle lid down across the back of the pack (Like the product picture) you can compress the height of the MEDIUM to 21-22"

4 5

My go-to pack.

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

I use this every day at work as a lift operator and trail worker and it has held up without a problem. One of the brain zippers busted after about a year, but Osprey fixed it for me no problem. It's got a great amount of cleverly-placed pockets and a variety of ways to cram it full of gear. Hydration sleeve is also excellently designed and works flawlessly in combination with my CamelBak.

I have also used it to carry a snowboard while hiking and it worked surprisingly well for a pack that was designed more for skiers (I would not say that there are multiple options for ways to carry a board, but this is true of skis.).

Carrying for 2

Carrying for 2

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Not quite the quintessential intended use of this pack but has been great for shepherding gear up and down the mountain with my 3 & 5 year old. We were in Whistler BC this past week and got multiple comments while playing Sherpa dad from mountain to condo. Great pack.

5 5

Awesome Pack

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

I have an Osprey Stratos 36 I purchased this summer for hiking so I know how comfortable Osprey packs feel. So I purchased the Kode 38 for snowboarding and hiking into the backcountry to replace my BCA Stash BC and Stash Rider (both purchased from Backcountry.com in years past). I could not be happier. The Kode 38 did not disappoint on my recent 4 day snowboard trip to Madarao Kogen, Niigata Japan. It carried all the water, Cliff bars, energy gel packs, and avalanche gear that I could stuff into it. I have not used my Kode 38 to carry my snowboard yet, but I will soon and will make another report at that time on how it performs. Other than that, it is perfect. You don't even know that you are wearing a backpack as is the case with all Osprey backpacks. I would recommend this to any serious backcountry rider. Some reviews complain about the cost, but you definitely get what you pay for with Osprey..in my opinion. I bought my friend a large Osprey Kode 38 (I have the medium) and he is just as pleased. The attached photo is of my friend on our recent trip to Madarao Kogen.

Awesome Pack
3 5

Lid helmet pocket = fail.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I loaded up this pack side by side with the Kode 30, and made a disappointing discovery:
My medium Smith Variant helmet wouldn't fit in the "helmet" compartment in the lid of the Kode 38 pack, but the Kode 30's external helmet-carrier holds it with ease.
Sad thing is that even the Kode 30 wouldn't hold my helmet and allow me to A-frame carry my 185cm skis at the same time - the helmet prevents you from strapping your ski tips together to limit movement that can lead to your ski edges cutting the pack fabric.
I like the overall fit & function of these packs, but Osprey needs to rethink their helmet carry designs.
Tip for Osprey: providing a second set of tether points for the helmet carry flap towards the bottom of the Kode 30 pack would allow carrying a helmet on the back of the pack while A-framing skis.

Near mt. Hood...sooo fun!

Near mt. Hood...sooo fun!

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Love the Kode 38, it's well made and comfy but I like the design of the 30 better for faster access to avy gear...other than that minor gripe this pack is perfect!

5 5

Kode 38.... Ski Touring Ski Mountaineering

A great pack for big one day ski tours and ski mountaineering objectives....

3 5

not efficient

Definitely a sturdy looking pack for an Osprey. However a mix between too many bells and whistles as well as not the correct ones. In order to access the main back compartment, you have to unclip the upper shoulder straps. The only other entry being a super small zipper opening. All the unclipping is no fun in many backcountry situations especially in colder temps. No water bottle pockets. In colder temperatures bladder hoses will freeze up. Finally the criss-crossing straps were annoying to adjust (similar to chaco sandals). It would be a great pack for a relaxing, low angle ski in mild weather conditions.

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bladder hoses should be insulated to prevent freezing.

So it looks good for the snow... how about...

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So it looks good for the snow... how about the summer when the snow melts? I'm worried about the back panel really heating up in the summer...

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That is the compromise when using a winter pack for warmer weather pursuits.

Because you don't want a ventilated pack in snow because snow will build up in the mesh backing, the backpanel in a winter pack tend to be hot for summer use. However, if you use a summer pack in snow, you lose backpanel entry, closed backpanel to resist snow build up, and an exposed hydration hose that is more prone to freezing.

So it depends on what you want the pack to function better for--summer use or winter use.

5 5

Where do we go from here

Bought this for my summer job last year at Mt. Rainier. It has seen a lot of use since then. Did a lot of back country snowboarding and camping. It's large enough to take on day hikes and small overnight trips, if you can get a little creative with strapping great to the outside. The snowboard straps keep the board really well balanced. The pockets on the waist belt are perfect for a small camera, phone, or avy beacon. I really like the fact that is has a large separate dry pocket to keep your wet gear off your dry warm clothes. (also fits 12pack for those resort days)
I'm 5'11 and 190lbs ~33inch waist this pack fits so well I rarely snowboard without it. The quality of this pack is amazing. I did have a clip on a strap when I ate it with a pair snowshoes strapped in. I sent Osprey an email and had several replacements sent to me free of charge. Really great company and would by this pack over again any day. This is my go to bag for almost everything. You won't be disappointed.

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