By Ski Waheenie
Every pack should have these glove-friendly buckles! I love them. One of the buckles even has an incorporated emergency whistle. The entire pack is actually desined to be mitten friendly- it's great.
It just feels good. I can move faster and the load feels altogether lighter!
Pack could be used for both day trips and extended trips.
I think this pack is the perfect size for backcountry skiing. There is plenty of space
for extra layers, larger shovels, emergency supplies and even a rope for tricky descents. It is also fairly lightweight.
Osprey consistently makes packs with high quality, durable materials and a careful
If you are the type of person who hates extra pack features such as a fleece-lined goggle pocket, hip camera pocket, key loops, wet compartments, and several small pockets to stash emergency supplies, you will love the Variant 37. It's simple and minimalistic.
Most ski packs that I have used have full back access. I found myself yearning for this feature every time I remove my pack. It's not really that big of a deal unless you are bootpacking and have skis attached to the pack, but it sure would be nice. I may have heard rumors of back access on next year's model...
The Variant 37 is not specifically designed as a ski pack. As such, there is no shovel pocket and your avy gear has to go in the main compartment. However, for multiple laps, it is pretty easy to stash your skins in the "crampon" pocket.
Once again, the Variant 37 is not designed as a ski pack. Therefore, it doesn't include a diagnol ski carry feature and even the A-frame is pretty difficult to use. Bummer for bootpacking and quick access to sidecountry. Also, there is no snowboard carry.
If you are the type of person who likes a pack with a fleece lined goggle pocket, hip camera pocket, key loops, wet compartments, and several small pockets to stash emergency supplies, you will be disappointed with the Variant 37.
WATER BOTTLE HOLDERS
Not a huge deal, but if the Variant 37 is packed full, it's very difficult to fit a standard
Nalgene water bottle in the side pouches.
Osprey also makes a series specifically for backcountry skiing. Check out our review of the Switch 26!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Although the Variant 37 is not specifically designed for backcountry skiing, it's a great
size, very comfortable and makes your load feel light. This pack would be a top choice for ice climbing!
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