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Kamber 42L Backpack

From skinning into a backcountry hut to steep and deep days, the Osprey Kamber 42 Backpack is the perfect bag for all your backcountry essentials and then some. Made from durable fabric and featuring easy to use ski and snowboard carry straps, this pack carries all your gear and is capable of taking some serious abuse in the backcountry. The main compartment separates your wet gear from dry gear, and it is accessed from either the top or back panel (even with your skis or board attached).

A LightWire peripheral frame 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. The Kamber 42 includes a number of features to enhance your backcountry experience. The top pocket is removable for shorter excursions and includes a goggle pocket and helmet carry. An under-lid rope carry system and zippered pocket keeps mountaineering gear secure and organized. Attached loops allow you to easily attach ice tools and can be tucked away when not in use. Dual upper and lower side compression straps keep your loads secure as you move.

  • Burly pack for ski and snowboard mountaineering or hut trips
  • Ski and snowboard carry options secure your gear
  • Front panel access to avalanche safety gear saves time
  • Dual top and back panel access to main compartment
  • Goggle pocket and helmet carry hold gear safely
  • Under-lid rope carry system expands storage capacity
  • Tuck-away ice tool attachments won't snag when not in use
  • Dual compression straps eliminate shifting and excess space
  • Item #OSP006B

[main] 420HD nylon packcloth, [accent] 420D nylon mini check dobby, [bottom] 420HD nylon packcloth
[small/medium] 40L (2441cu in), [medium/large] 42L (2563cu in)
LightWire perpheral frame, 1.2mm HDPE framesheet
Shoulder Straps
padded and adjustable
Waist Belt
yes, EVA, webbing ErgoPull closure, zippered pockets
Hydration Compatible
yes, internal reservoir pocket with insulated tube sleeve
top, back panel
1 main compartment, 1 avalanche gear compartment, 1 removable top lid, 1 goggle pocket
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
Weight Capacity
25 - 40lb
27 x 12 x 12in
Claimed Weight
[small/medium] 4lb 0.2oz, [medium/large] 4lb 1.9oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

KAmber 42

I've put it through the wringer

Got this pack for overnite hut trips. Carrirled and most importantly skied well.... I have an another osprey pack as well Very pleased

>Rating: 5

Great size`

This puppy can fit everything I need for an overnighter sleeping bag and all! it does a great job compressing into a smaller pack for day trips. Love this thing!

Thank you Zachary! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Kamber 42

Have wore this pack a few times so far. Besides sitting down you forget the pack is attached to your back. The zipper around the back panel for easy access to gear is VERY helpful. There are enough pockets to fit just about anything you can think of. The “A” frame carry feature is great (Just remember to bring a ski strap to secure the tips) for keeping skis from hitting your legs while walking up steeper inclines that skinning won’t allow. This has been a welcome upgrade to the heavy pack previously used.

Hey there - thank you so much for the review! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Excellent pack

I've put it through the wringer

I bought this pack because I need something a little bigger for those longer splitboarding missions. I broke in the pack on a climbing trip to France and loved all of the features of the pack, it’s durability, and the comfort. Although I have yet to use it splitboarding, I already know it will be perfect. I highly recommend this pack

>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this pack. The price point seemed too good to be true. I have used this for a number of longer ski touring trips including a few nights in Patagonia and a week on the haute route. Comfortable and well thought out design. I like this pack so much I am planning to order another one in a smaller size for a day trips.

>Rating: 5

Great pack!

I own the 42. I'm a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service. This pack is extremely well built -- bombproof -- and rides very comfortably. The snowshoe/snowboard carry feature is perfect. Some reviewers think there are too many straps. I don't think so. I carry a lot of gear. Better to have them available.

Thank you for the solid review, Emery! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

One of My Favorite Ski Packs

I've put it through the wringer

Osprey is one of those brands that I can always count on to deliver, and they've definitely done so with the Kamber 42L. This is my third Osprey pack in my gear closet and by far my favorite! I use this one exclusively for backcountry skiing and have used it on day trips and overnights with plenty of room to spare. One of the best things about this pack is the overall functionality from the exterior helmet carrier, A-frame ski carry, easy access rescue gear zipper, etc. The only call out I would have is that there are a lot of zippers and straps that can seem overwhelming to manage at first, so be sure to familiarize yourself with how everything works prior to your first trip out. Other than that, this is a fantastic pack that I would highly suggest.


Really cool shot! Thank you for sharing and for the review! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 4

Solid ski pack

I've put it through the wringer

I have used this pack on long day tours and overnights. Very comfortable and great function. Back panel for access if very useful. A frame ski carry is also easy to use. Only 4 stars because the pack is a little overdone on straps and buckles. Not quite as simple in design as I prefer.

>Rating: 5

Love It!

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. The Osprey products also have a lifetime warranty.

>Rating: 4

Great, but...

I've used it several times

I must say, the quality of this product, thought that was put into it makes it a very good purchase. However, there is one thing that disapoints a lot - helmet system. I have a black version, so those elements I'm supposed to hook my holder to are not that easy to find when you're in a hurry or the light is not that great in the morning. The pack offers few options of holding a helmet, yet you can't miss an impression the elements are badly located. But this is not the worst. If you want to unhook the holder, prepare yourself for a struggle. Even without gloves. Osprey is proud of their glove friendly zippers, yet the helmet holder is not that friendly. Especially when it's piercing cold. You actually start to swear to it. Yes you do. It ought to be much much more comfortable to use this thing. It's not that complicated, so I don't see a reason it should be that troublesome. Besides that tiny winy problem, the pack is superb. Its fine for a few days in the field, as well as for a short time excursions. Even when the 42 is not filled to it's full capacity, I was still able to wear my skis and all quite easily. That was a huge problem with my previous touring pack from another respected manufacturer. And yeah - I love the design ;)

>Rating: 5

Amazingly Well-Designed

I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack. I have two sizes, the 32 and 42. I use the 32 for dawn patrols and light days (truthfully I could probably get away with the 22 there) I use the 42 for all day affairs, rope accessed lines, and any other time when layers, food, and extra gear is a must. The removable top lid, and options for rope carry are great. I love the access points to your dry gear and avy pocket. The bag fits well and stays put while skinning up and shredding down. Multiple options for ski/snowboard carry are perfect for every type of terrain. Ice tool carry works great and allows you to stash poles as well. The goggle pocket and helmet carry pouch are great for the uphill. Overall this pack is laid-out well, durable, comfortable, and perfect for all your backcountry adventures.

Chase, great review! Thank you for writing, and enjoy the backcountry! Leta Osprey Rep

Chase, I've been searching hi and lo for a versatile pack to handle my MSR 22 inch Lightning Ascent SnowShoes, Cross Country Skis and some food, clothing and shelter. In your opinion, would this be the pack for me? The way you describe this packs functionality, I think it would be an awesome pack for my needs, thanks! Sincerely, Frado

Frado, I think this pack would work well for all your needs. Have fun out there!

Do you notice any difference in the suspension between the 32 and 42? I need/want beefy suspension but it's hard to find on a smaller volume pack. Thanks.

Lisa P.- Both sizes have a very similar design and level of beefiness. My 32L has handled a lot of weight, with my spltboard on it (usually A-frame style) and chock full of gear on bootpacks to the summit and rappels over dicey sections. The notable difference between packs is volume and removable lid on the 42.

>Rating: 5

Accessible and Easy

I've used it several times

From yurt trips to traveling from airport to airport this is your Pack. 40L size is going to be for long day trips (rope, lunches, dinner, etc) or weekend ski trips. You are able to latch this thing down and use for the day with minimal gear, so don't be worried about only bringing one pack with you on your ski trip. Favorite features are the bucket style top entrance paired with the zippered back entrance. No more dumping your pack out to find out where you stashed your goggles. Overall, very happy with this pack!

Seth - excellent review! Thank you for writing and enjoy your Dawn Patrol with your Kamber! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

All the bases covered

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

I've taken this backpack out twice now splitboarding in the Canadian rockies on day trips. They've got all the bases covered with this one.

Thanks for the review, Dylan! Leta Osprey Rep

>Rating: 5

Bring on Winter

Developed in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado with feedback from professional guides, ski patrollers and dedicated weekend warriors, the women's Kresta and men’s Kamber packs are obsessively designed to match the passion and needs of offpiste professionals and recreationalists from Thompson Pass, Alaska to the Chilean Andes. Check out the video below!