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Kresta 40L Backpack
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
- 420D nylon
- [small/medium] 38L (2319cu in), [medium/large] 40L (2441cu in)
- LightWire frame, HDPE framesheet
- Shoulder Straps
- Waist Belt
- Hydration Compatible
- yes, insulated sleeve
- top, back panel
- 1 avalanche gear, 1 goggle, 2 zippered hipbelt, 1 zippered security, 1 dry storage, 1 zippered stash
- Ski Carry
- yes, diagonal, A-frame
- Snowboard Carry
- yes, vertical, horizontal
- Helmet Carry
- yes, stowable
- Ice Axe Carry
- Weight Capacity
- 20 - 40lb
- 25 x 13 x 13in
- Claimed Weight
- [small/medium] 3lb 14.08oz, [medium/large] 3lb 15.84oz
- Recommended Use
- skiing, snowboarding
- Manufacturer Warranty
What do you think about this product?
January 15, 2019
- I've put it through the wringer
Been using this pack for 2 seasons now & I do not like it. The shovel & probe fit, but, the top cover slips behind them, so they are not protected. In addition, the side buckles & top cover prevent full, immediate access to the avy/probe pocket. You can not access the back panel without unbuckling the shoulder straps. It skis like your carrying a sack of potatoes, I have to cinch it down uncomfortably tight to keep it from moving around. There are just too many unnecessary buckles & straps. The one I like is the hydration sleeve, but there’s still a velcro strap within the sleeve, like, where’s it going to go? Osprey needs to back to the drawing board on this one.
January 16, 2019
Julie, it sounds like you bought a pack that was too big for your needs. If the top lid is sagging, it's because it's not tightened down, and the pack is likely not very full. There is a zide access zipper for the avi pocket with a red zipper pull. That is your immediate access to the pocket. If you think your skis are carrying like a sack of potatoes, then you do not have the compression straps tightened enough to affect the carry. Not the harness straps on you, but the compression on the gear itself. The load lifter straps that cross the back panel zipper are there for carry-ability (which you may not be utilizing), but also they are a security to make sure that there is not too much pressure on the zipper. Sounds like this isn't the right pack for you. But you can sell it and know that someone would likely be very stoked to get it. Thanks for writing, Leta Osprey Rep
January 8, 2019
My wife loves it
- I've put it through the wringer
She doesn't write reviews, but she really likes this pack so I'm writing one on her behalf. It fits all her gear, fits her well, skis well, and strips down as needed. Note - not sure about the comment about shovel not fitting. She has a decent size shovel and probe... her's fits well.
January 9, 2019
Thank you for passing on this great review, Zeb! Leta Osprey Rep
September 19, 2018
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.
September 19, 2018
That is so strange and I am sorry to hear about this. We have tested the shovel pocket with some of the biggest BC shovels on the market, and I own one, so I know! The pockets are an organizational necessity, but I understand that it's not for everyone. The buckles are designed to be used even when gloves and mittens are on, so they are as simple as regular buckles. This pack is well designed for Backcountry use, but again, you might have other preferences. Thank you for writing! Leta Osprey Rep
May 2, 2017
Too Much Much
- 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.
January 2, 2017
Great as a climbing pack too!
- 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!
January 3, 2017
Hey Courtney, Thank you so much for this great review and telling us all about the Kresta's versatility. I'll pass on your feedback to Osprey! Enjoy, Leta Osprey Rep
December 28, 2016
Osprey Kresta product tour
Check out the great features on the new women's Kresta! Leta Osprey Rep
December 28, 2016
Perfect Hut Companion
- 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! Leta Osprey Rep
March 13, 2017
Leta, I thought you might like to read some of my observations on the Kamber 42 as there aren't many reviews of that particular pack online at the moment. I did a review of the Gregory Targhee 45 (field tested) vs the Kamber 42 (in-store eval). The Kamber was not in-stock at the time I made my purchase. Hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to trial the Kamber at a later date. Tim
March 19, 2017
Tim, where would I read your review? Let me know! Leta Osprey Rep
March 20, 2017
Leta, if you search the store for 'Gregory Targhee 45' you will find my review and comments on the Kamber 42. I got some field time with the Kamber 42 as well, so I will write-up a review and post to that page.