DragonRwrote a review of Osprey Packs Kode 38 Backpack - 2100-2500cu in on January 26, 2013
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.