Osprey Kamber 32 snow pack is a great tool for skiers and snowboarders, with its 32 liters of volume it provides a lot of space for day activities on the snow. It is designed for the toughest outdoor conditions and it gives a maximum level of durability and safety.
- Snow shedding design.
- Attachment elements for skis, snowboard and helmet.
- Insulated hydration routing system through the right shoulder strap.
- Very durable materials, and reinforcements at various segments of the pack.Description
The Osprey Kamber 32 pack is a part of the Kamber series which includes the packs of 22, 32 and 42 liters. It has all the features necessary for snow activities. For example, access to the main compartment is through a zippered entry which is on the back side.
With such a design you can simply put the pack with the front face down, together with skis or snowboard attached, and then get into the pack from the back side. So no need to remove the externally attached equipment in order to get into the pack.
This back entrance implies that the load lifters are with buckles, so you undo them first in order to open the zipper which runs all the way around the perimeter of the back panel.
All zippers and buckles on this pack are gloves-friendly, there are reinforcements at places of abrasion by skis and snowboard. The complete pack is designed with snow shedding features, which implies rather smooth surfaces everywhere on the pack body, and on the harness.
Plenty of elements are available for the attachment of snow equipment. These include reinforced horizontal straps on the top and on the bottom, you can see them in the pictures below. You can attach skis in several different ways, vertically, diagonally and in A-frame. There is a tuck-away system for a helmet, stored in a separate velcro pocket on the top-front section. The fabric of this helmet holder is very stretchy, strong, and thin.
An ice axe attachment loop is on the bottom, and it is paired with a bungee tie-off higher on the pack.
The pack is hydration compatible, so you have an internal sleeve in the main compartment, and an insulated zippered sleeve on the shoulder harness. It is shown in one of the pictures below.
A very durable fabric is used here. It includes the main fabric and bottom with 420 HD nylon packcloth and accent fabric with 420 D nylon mini check dobby. It is water-resistant, with snow shedding properties, and with reinforcement in many places.
The suspension system
The suspension is based on a LightWire peripheral aluminum frame and an HDPE frame sheet, which give the structure and stability to the pack. The contoured back panel design is appropriate for a snow pack. It is thermoformed and with a smooth surface designed to shed snow and keeps ice from building up, see the picture.
The shoulder straps are contoured and well-padded for the extra load which you might have, like skis and a snowboard. You can comfortably carry a load of up to 30 lb. The sternum strap is adjustable and equipped with an emergency whistle. You will notice the whistle is upside-down, this is apparently to prevent snow from getting in. As mentioned above, there is a long and insulated zippered pocket for the water tube, which runs all the way along the shoulder strap.
The harness is with a fixed length, but the Kamber 32 pack is built in two separate sizes. So you have small/medium with 1831 cubic inches (30 liters), and medium/large with 1953 cubic inches (32 liters). The corresponding torso fit for the two sizes is from 16 to 19 inches (41 – 51 cm), and from 19 to 23 inches (48 – 58 cm). Clearly, this is good enough even for very tall people.
Dual zippered pockets are on the hip belt. One scratch-free goggle pocket is on the top. One large zippered pocket is on the front, when you open it you have organization pockets inside, plus a zippered pocket as well. You will store your avalanche emergency tools here, like probes and a shovel. There is a drainage port on the bottom of this front pocket, in case you store wet items there.
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Pros & Cons
Here is my summary:
- Purpose: snowsports.
- Gender: men’s pack.
- Frame: internal, Osprey Lightwire aluminum.
- Body material: 420 HD Nylon Packcloth.
- Accents: 420 D Nylon Mini Check Dobby.
- Sizes: 2
– S/M: 30 l (1831 cub in).
– M/L: 32 l (1953 cub in).
– S/M: 3.22 lb (1.46 kg).
– M/L: 3.4 lb (1.54 kg).
- Torso fit:
– S/M: 16 – 20 in (41 – 51 cm).
– M/L: 19 – 23 in (48 – 58 cm).
- Waist fit:
– S/M: 40.5 – 51 in (103 – 130 cm).
– M/L: 48 – 58.5 in (122 – 149 cm).
- Maximum carry weight: 30 lb (13.6 kg).
- Maximum dimensions (L x W x D): 22 x 12 x 12 in (56 x 30 x 30 cm).
- Access: panel type, back access.
- Glove-friendly zippers and buckles.
- Hydration compatible.
- Insulated hydration tube sleeve.
- Stowable helmet carry system.
- Tuckaway ice tool attachment.
- Diagonal ski carry; A-frame ski carry; vertical front snowboard carry.
- Reinforced wear points.
- Scratch-free goggle pocket.
- Dual zippered hip belt pockets.
- Internal zippered mesh pocket with key fob.
- Front zippered pocket for avalanche safety kit.
- Colors: 3.
- Warranty: Osprey’s All Mighty
So to conclude this Osprey Kamber 32 snow pack review, what you have here is the best snow pack series the Osprey has ever built. Durable materials are used, and very useful features appropriate for a snow pack are introduced here. The pack comes with a high price, but in my view, it is worth the money. I can fully recommend this pack for any day tour in snow conditions.
This Kamber 32 pack is the latest in the packs for snow from Osprey, but you might want to compare it with their Kode 32 pack, with very similar features and built for snow activities. This is also a rather new model, launched only about one year ago.
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