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2008 Osprey Switch 26 | Reviewed On: March 5, 2009

Gear Reviews>>Packs>>Medium>>Osprey Switch 26
PRODUCT SUMMARY
By Freedom Rider

THE GOOD
-Solid construction with quality fabrics and attention to detail
-Very comfortable fit
-"Everything has a place", well thought-out design with separate wet and dry compartments.
-Easy access to back panel
-Convenient hip pockets
-Stretch-fabric helmet carry (no more swinging helmet full of snow!)
-Compression strap reduces profile for resort skiing
-Both diagonal and A-frame ski carry
-Insulated hydration sleeve really does prevent water hose freezing

THE BAD
-Difficult access to front pocket with safety gear
-Just too small for a true backcountry ski adventure (most appropriate for slackcountry)
-Problematic weight distribution (heaviest items go in outer, top compartment and lightweight apparel goes in lower back compartment)
-Back compartment is relatively small, and not accessible from top (but there is a small side zipper)
-No horizontal snowboard carry (only vertical)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Overall, the Switch-26 is a well-constructed, comfortable, and functional pack that works great for day missions, but look towards the Switch-36's 2,400 cubic inches of volume for a more serious backcountry touring pack.
OUR ADVICE

Solid




AVG USER ADVICE

Solid

REVIEW SPECS
VALUE3/5, more expensive than similarly sized packs but higher quality
COMFORT5/5, choose from three sizes so that it fits just right
MITTEN TEST5/5, smooth zippers and easy to grab zipper pulls
DURABILITY5/5, high quality fabric and reinforcements
ACCESS3/5, it would be nice to access back pocket through top entry
TESTING LOCATIONTahoe

Gear Reviews>>Packs>>Medium>>Osprey Switch 26
PRODUCT SPECS
AVG PRICE$128.95
VOLUME[S] 1500cu in (24L); [M] 1600cu in (26L); [L] 1700cu in (28L)
SIZEIn: 22.5x11x10.25 Cm: 57x28x26
WEIGHT[S] 2lb 14oz (1300g); [M] 3lb 1oz (1380g); [L] 3lb 4oz (1470g)
MATERIALSStretch woven nylon with Lycra, 420D Samurai diamond ripstop nylon, 300D fade-resistant polyester
AVAILABLE COLORSRed, Blue, Coffee
SUSPENSIONPadded shoulder straps, Snowshed back panel with contoured high density polyethylene framesheet
WAIST-BELTLightly padded w/zipper pocket
HYDRATIONInsulated Hydro-Sleeve
ACCESSIBILITYTop, back zip, side zip
STORAGE1 back, 1 split wet/dry top access, 1 stretch helmet, 1 microfleece lined goggle, 2 hip belt
SKI CARRYDiagonal and A-frame
SNOWBOARD CARRYVertical
ICE AXE CARRYYes
BEST USE Resort or Sidecountry skiing
WARRANTYLifetime


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That's Our Opinion. What's Yours?

Telemonster wrote on 03/06/09 at 10:20:08 am pst:

I recently bought a Switch 26 from Mountain Gear for $89. At this price, the value is incredible (5/5). I'd also give the access a 5/5 because I love the back entry so you never really have to open the top (unless your buddy gets burried). The size is slightly on the small side for those days when you need to bring a puffy, but overall it's a very well designed and thought-out pack specifically made for the backcountry skier.

Their Advice

Solid


Editors wrote on 03/06/09 at 2:50:37 pm pst:

@ Telemonster- Thanks for your advice!

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