Huts on top of technical mountains.
Osprey's Kresta 40 Backpack is choice whether you're ski touring to a hut for a minimalist overnighter or tackling a technical ascent filled with ice climbs and rappels. Osprey built this pack with a LightWire suspension system that assures a comfortable carry when you're carrying loads as heavy as forty pounds. Two main compartments— one dry storage for sleeping bags and clothes and an other for avalanche gear—keep all of your backcountry essentials organized and easily accessible when you're on the skintrack.
The main compartment is accessed through the back panel for easy access, even with your skis, snowboard, or ice axes strapped through the front. The avalanche gear compartment is accessed through the front panel for quick access during emergencies. Osprey also equipped the Kresta with an insulated hydration reservoir and tube that prevent your water from freezing. The Kresta carries snowboards vertically or horizontally, skis diagonally or at an A-frame, and a helmet at the front. The helmet carry system stows away when you're wearing your helmet. This pack also features a strap that secures climbing ropes, and a fleece-lined pocket that prevents goggles from getting scratched.
- Backcountry ski pack for technical ascents and overnighters
- LightWire suspension supports heavy loads while reducing weight
- Back panel access for easy packing and unpacking
- Front compartment for probe, shovel, and avalanche gear
- Insulated hydration sleeve and tube port prevent freezing water
- Carries snowboard, skis, and ice axe in multiple ways
- Helmet carry system stows away when not in use
- Rope compression strap and dual top compartment with goggle pocket
- Item #OSP006E
- Q & A
Shovel pocket not long enough
My complaint about this pack is that the shovel pocket for avy gear is too shallow and will not accommodate the full length of the shovel handle or the probes. So its rather useless as a ski pack. Also the buckles are difficult to operate even with bare hands - bad choice of buckles. And so many pockets. I would probably spend all my time looking for stuff.
Unfortunately it cost me $60 to send it back from Canada so not so happy.
Too Much Much
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I demo'd this pack for a month and at the end of my time with it I was less than impressed. For a backcountry touring pack, there are just too many straps. Some of them I'm still not sure on the function! Even on my FULL day tours, the brain seemed to be too much and more often than not, I left it at home. The side straps for adjusting ski carry/ pole carry were very hard to adjust with the "snap to hold" system Osprey chose to use. I couldn't work this system with my gloves on - which to me is a major flaw for a winter specific pack. The avy tool pocket is also hard to get to! Major flaw! The J zipper is red and the tools fit well in the pocket - same as the 22 and 30 L version of this pack. In order to get into the tool pocket with the J zip, you have to unclip the brain and the top straps for ski carry. I could see this being an awesome trip for a Yurt trip but I think it's more trouble than it's worth.
Some features I did like: Back panel and top access to the main compartment, lined goggle pocket, decent sized hip pockets, color schemes available.
Great as a climbing pack too!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This pack is amazing and so is Osprey! After putting my previous pack through the wringer, Osprey stood behind their almighty guarantee and even let me pick out a new style. I can't say enough about their customer service. A real person emailed me the day I dropped off the pack to let me know I'd be issued a replacement, and I received my brand new pack a week later. Amazing customer service!
Okay, on to specifics for THIS pack. I'm a climber, and my intended purpose for this pack is cragging. After dealing with an old backpacking pack I converted for years, I was sooo sick of trying to shove my rope in and out of a top loading pack. God forbid I left my chalk at the bottom and needed it for the gym or something. Everything must come out! This pack has the AWESOME option of top or panel loading. When I get to the crag, I can just unzip the back and you have easy access to everything in the pack. It also makes loading up at the end of the day easy. This was one of the main features I was looking for in a pack, and it's awesome.
One of my issues with most climbing packs is the lack of pockets. This makes sense for big routes, but for a crag pack I want extra organization. This thing is loaded out with pockets (three in the brain, one netted pocket in the main compartment in addition to bladder sleeve, one netted pocket in large front pocket).
Size wise, I think 5 more liters would've been PERFECT because sometimes I like to hoard things in my pack. As it is, I can easily fit either rope or draws in addition to my other gear, and have my partner carry the other. The large front pocket can easily fit harness, shoes, chalk, etc. if needed. For trad days, you can fill the main compartment with gear and still have the option to carry the rope coiled on top if you want (I prefer to have the rope in the pack, but this works if you need extra space). It also has a small net hidden in a pocket that can be expanded to attach your helmet to the top. I think these features really make this a flexible and adaptable climbing pack, even without the formal distinction.
Just wanted to give a perspective from a climber, since this is not technically a climbing pack but had all the features I was really looking for. Also, wanted to payback Osprey a bit for their AWESOME customer service in hooking me up with this thing. Frame is light and comfy. Color is awesome. Osprey is awesome. Buy this pack!
Osprey Kresta product tour
Check out the great features on the new women's Kresta!
Perfect Hut Companion
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I first had the opportunity to use this pack a year ago, when it was still in testing phase. The testing was incredible: a hut trip in the Colorado Rockies. The Kresta is full of well thought out features, including various ways to carry skis, my helmet, and the ability to separate my wet and dry gear. My favorite part is the FIT! Finally, a women's ski pack from Osprey, which means it comes in a XS/S size to fit my short little torso.
Since the final testing phase, the only real change is the aesthetic, which Osprey nailed. Beautiful pack for beautiful powder!