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Osprey Packs Kamber 32L Backpack

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    Backcountry essential.

    From avy gear to goggles, the Osprey Kamber 32 Backpack is a mid-sized ski pack big enough to carry your backcountry essentials. Made from durable fabric and featuring quick and easy ski and snowboard carry straps, this pack gives you carrying versatility for convenience and comfort in the backcountry. The main compartment separates wet gear from dry gear, and it's accessed from the back panel (even with your skis or board attached). A J-zipper with an extra-large opening gives you quick access to avalanche safety gear. The dual-position helmet net quickly and securely stows your helmet for a cool and comfortable climb.

    The Kamber 32 features a LightWire peripheral frame and provides natural torsional movement for comfort whether you are hiking up or skiing down. Padded shoulder straps adjust to sit comfortably against your shoulders, while the padded hipbelt allows you to carry your load with ease. Tuckaway loops allow you to easily attach ice tools, while zippered pockets on the hipbelt give you easy access to essentials. Compression straps keep your load secure as you move.

    • A mid-sized ski pack for backcountry essentials
    • Diagonal/A-frame ski carry or horizontal/vertical snowboard carry
    • Front panel access to avalanche safety kit pocket
    • Stowable helmet carry for cool and comfortable climbs
    • Internal hydration pocket with insulated harness sleeve
    • Main compartment keeps dry items away from wet gear
    • Osprey creates innovative gear that matches their love of adventure
    • Item #OSP006C

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [main] 420HD nylon packcloth, [accent] 420D nylon mini check dobby, [bottom] 420HD nylon packcloth
    Volume
    [small/medium] 30L (1831cu in), [medium/large] 32L (1953cu in)
    Support/Suspension
    LightWire perpheral frame, 1.2mm HDPE framesheet
    Shoulder Straps
    padded and adjustable
    Waist Belt
    yes, EVA, webbing ErgoPull closure, zippered pockets
    Hydration Compatible
    yes, insulated tube sleeve
    Access
    back panel
    Pockets
    main compartment, 1 safety (quick access)
    Gear Loops
    yes, tuckaway
    Ski Carry
    yes, diagonal and A-frame
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical and horizontal
    Helmet Carry
    yes, dual-position, deployable
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes
    Weight Capacity
    15 - 30 lb
    Dimensions
    22 x 12 x 12 in
    Claimed Weight
    [S/M] 3 lb 3.5 oz, [M/L] 3 lb 6.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

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    Best pack ever

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I used Osprey snowboarding packs about 11 years ago and I'm back. I saw this in a shop, ordered the exact same one and it's just about perfect. Intuitive design, great colors, exceptional quality. I love the large goggle pocket on top, I can fit my Sony a7sII with the 24-70 2.8 G Master in it.

    The Best Touring Pack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used this pack all season for splitboarding and have no complaints. It is built to last with strong components everywhere. The snowboard carry and A-frame carry are easily adjustable and work great. The hydration sleeve is next to your back to keep that weight in close. The oversize zipper to the main compartment is super durable and easy to use. The goggle pocket has a super soft material to keep your lenses scratch-free. This pack is more comfortable than most of the competitors with well-padded straps and waist belt. Overall the Kamber is very user-friendly, well designed, and built with tough and quality materials.

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned osprey packs in the past.
    Flaws I encountered with previous models were uncommon and commonly consisted of zipper malfunction and buckles breaking. Osprey has always accommodated me in any replacement parts needed.

    This pack is really well-made and high quality. I love the durable shell it has on the back to protect whatever cargo you may have. Also, a huge plus is the extra zipper on the larger pocket so you can access any area of the pocket without jumbling around all the zippers.
    I really like the large size of the hip pockets, great for ski-touring along with the helmet sleeve which is easily accessible.

    I'd say this is the best osprey pack I've come in contact with.

    Great backcountry pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought this to carry my skis, boots and gear for a day trip up Mt. Washington and couldn't be happier with it. Great size for a day trip, comfortable straps and back padding, and fits well so I hardly noticed it skiing down. My only 2 complaints are - the front pocket is sort of a nuisance to access as you have to unbuckle the shoulder straps to access it, and I wish there was a small side or back pocket for quick access to water and snacks.

    Overall, the best backcountry day pack on the market in my opinion.

    Nicholas, thank you for the great review and the recommendation! The strap across the zipper is a backup safety to assure closure even if, God forbid, the zipper would ever not do it's job. So we cross over the zipper path on purpose.

    I hear you on the other pocket, though - I will pass it on!

    Leta
    Osprey Rep

    Bomb proof and comfy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have been out with this pack on roughly thirty something tours this season. I have used just about everything this pack features as well and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I also use the Osprey Packs Hydraulics Hydration Reservoir with it in a 3L bladder and it is awesome and I still have room to fit all my layers, my shell, food/beer, and crampons for a good day trip. The dry pocket and the cold/wet pocket design is awesome and being able to carry my helmet on top of the pack as well as the back is great. I splitboard and have carried the board in A-frame and strapped to the back, both positions are comfy. This would easily fit a ski with a shovel width of 140mm, so for sure you can fit a fat ski in it, in the A-frame. I carry quite a bit of gear as well, my wet pocket usually has skins, shovel blade/handle, maps, slope meter, and my trusty snow study saw. The back panel is great too as you can easily access your dry pocket when you lay the pack on the ground. The goggle pocket is great as well.

    I'm 5'7" and 180 lbs, I should have got the S/M but went with the M/L. This would have fit my torso better as the only thing that changes is the length of the pack so that it accommodates smaller torso's. I still had no problem as I do long tours that take 8 hours as well. Great piece of gear!

    If you have questions, feel free to reach out.

    Bomb proof and comfy

    Osprey Has Your Back

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I am a huge fan of Osprey packs, I find them always to be well-thought out and very durable. So when I decided to start putting together my split-board set-up of course I checked out the Kamber. I have yet to get it in the backcountry (still putting together my split set-up) but I have used in-bounds at the resort and the 32 L size seems perfect for a day-long outings with enough room for avy gear, skins and sustenance. My favorite aspects of the pack are the super durable construction, hipbelt pockets, the back-panel access so you dont have to remove your board and the wet-storage compartment. On top of that Osprey always stands behind their products and will repair or replace if ever something tragic happens to the pack.

    Get to know the pack before hand.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Let me start by saying that I love Osprey packs. I have about 5 other Osprey pack for all my recreational purposes so you get the idea... I bought this pack for my avalanche rescue certification studies simply because I needed the tool-specific features, sadly this pack was just not the best choice.
    This pack deliver in many ways (comfortable, features, color selection), but the biggest downfall -of the Kamber- (I have the 32L, but it looks like the 42L may have similar) is that some of the straps (either be the side straps, helmet carry or the brain) get in the way of the emergency-tool compartment (where you carry the shovel and probe).
    Avalanches not only may occur going downhill. If you are going uphill and someone manages to trigger an avalanche above you, and your partner gets trap on the run-off of the avalanche, you would be wasting precious time undoing all those buckles/straps. If you are on a dire situation, those buckles (specially the helmet carry on the 32L) are extremely difficult to undo.
    After 3 days of single companion rescue drills (uphill and downhill drills), it took me 10 to 20 sec more to deploy my tools when the various straps where done. I slightly mitigated the problems by not doing the left strap, but the helmet carry hooks proved to be extremely tricky to undo under distress.
    There is a comment where someone had similar issues—and to the reply of comment, I must add that yes, on the BC you must think of the worse scenario. What is that scenario is that you forgot to undo the straps or attached the helmet to the wrong loops?
    You can see on the picture that I’ve attached that when you are carrying the helmet, there is not enough space to open the red zipper all the way; not allowing me to deploy my shovel or probe.
    I'm sorry to say, but I would not recommend using this pack because there is a likelihood that you could be messing with buckles while the other person is under the snow. I wish that no one ever would need to dig someone out of the snow, but the truth is that in the BC, you never know--on the other hand, if you really like the pack (like I do) I would suggest to practice emergency deployment, and get to know you equipment before you head out.

    Get to know the pack before hand.

    Luis, Getting to know the pack is important for sure. And what I don't think you realize is that there is another way to carry the helmet that does not cross the emergency pocket zipper. If you look at the pack head on, they are down on the lower corners of the pack - small black loops that hold the hooks for the helmet sling.

    The other straps that cross over are critical, because if you are in the backcountry and any main zippers fail, you are in trouble. We have the compression straps there to help with the loads on the zippers and are there as a back up. The buckles are also designed for use with gloves on.

    Please try the alternative helmet carry and see if that helps.

    Leta
    Osprey Rep

    Simply the best

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

    If you are looking for a do it all pack that is not an airbag, this is a perfect choice. Osprey thinks of every possible scenario when designing their backpacks and this is no exception.
    I love the red zipper for your snow safety kit for easy identification. The helmet carry has a few different positions so that you have options. Diagonal carry, A-frame carry it's your choice. The zip entry from the back panel is very convenient especially in the resort on lifts. I loved the blue color!
    I'd recommend this to everyone who enjoys snow sports. The Kamber has so may pockets and options it accommodates a very wide variety of situations. Thirty Two liters is a great size for single day outing too.

    Workhorse

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    It's been a good early season in the snow and I've used my Kamber several times now. Over the past few years I've used Black Diamond packs and last year the Patagonia Snow Drifter. I have to say that thus far the Kamber is the most comfortable pack I've worn ski touring. It hugs your back and adjustments are easy to make while climbing and loaded up. It can carry all my essential gear and if I pack it just right I can even fit my full frame camera in (on the descents only, I carry it on my chest while climbing). The helmet sling works great and you can carry the helmet on top of the bag or on the back. I've already got a cut in the helmet sling material but it still works great and has not gotten any larger in size. My favorite features, of this pack, are the hidden hydration tube sleeve in the right shoulder strap and the massive/easy to access hip pockets. I drink a ton of water and appreciate the separate hydration compartment and routing into the shoulder strap. The hip pockets, on the waist strap, are flat out fantastic. I put my skin track snacks in there and they are easy to reach and open with gloves on. Tool organization is easy and I like that there is enough room that skins can fit in there too.

    One suggestion would be to make the top zipper pull/zipper of the tool pocket a different color that stands out, so in case of an emergency you or someone else can look at your pack and know exactly where your avy tools are.

    Needless to say I sold off all my other packs and am looking at the adding the next size up to carry all my camera gear.

    Workhorse

    Hey Steve, glad you like it! Do you see the RED zipper pull in your picture? That is the place where you put your avi toold and first aid kit for emergencies! We've got you covered!

    Thank you for writing!

    Leta
    Osprey Rep

    Pretty Cool Pack, Not My First Choice

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The pack is a fully featured ski pack with thought out features.

    The Osprey "Wet Zone" avy tool storage and skin pocket works great, and keeps moisture out of the backpannel-accessed "Dry Zone"

    My two biggest problems with the pack are the buckles on the shoulder straps, and the helmet carry functionality.

    In order to fully access the "dry zone" through the back panel, you have to unclip the straps and secure them at the end, adding fidgety extra steps to your transition. (Though the buckles do work well with gloves on!)

    The helmet carry functionality prevents you from accessing your avy tools while your helmet is attached.

    The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 has a different design that eliminates these two problems, and I ended up with that pack. The Osprey pack weighs a substantial bit more, but may have proven to be more durable in the long run.

    The Kamber does have a felted goggle-specific storage feature that is a huge plus.

    It is pretty similar to last year's Kode line of packs.

    The construction quality is exactly what you would expect from Osprey, they definitely take pride in their work! Their lifetime warranty for their products is the best in the industry, and I have had them repair multiple packs in the past.

    Overall it is a very comfortable and functional pack, however I decided to go with the BD pack because of the aforementioned features.

    Hey Elias, thank you for writing. A couple of things to note here:
    1) The buckles that cross the zipper are a very intentional design. They are there in the worst case scenario that your zipper fails. When you are in the Backcountry, you need every scenario considered. The buckles help to keep the pack closed if there was ever a failure. It's too dangerous not to have a back up like that.
    2) The helmet carry has MANY position options. You can attach your helmet to the lower corners of the face of the pack, which will get it out of the way of that zipper.

    So, I am sorry it didnt work for you, but Osprey does try to think things through.

    Thanks for writing!
    Leta
    Osprey Rep

    Leta,

    While having buckles as a back up for zipper failure is a nice thought, I have confidence in the volie straps or the cordalette I carry to help me in that case. Not to mention that wearing the backpack will help keep the back panel closed should the zipper fail.

    Thanks for your reply.

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