Osprey Kode 42

Priced: $168.95 - $170.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 1 review.
Osprey Kode 42
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When the not-so-beaten path seems endless, and the bottom of the mountains has disappeared beneath the clouds, you'll keep on going knowing that your Osprey Kode 42 pack holds everything but the kitchen sink.

Avalanche professionals, ski guides, and backcountry powder freaks flock to the Osprey Kode 42 Backpack for its comfort, versatility, large capacity, and streamlined design. The Kode features multiple carry options for both boards and skis, as well as plenty of internal panel storage for all of your essential winter items. Durable 420 denier nylon was used to construct the Kode 42, and adjustable torso straps are lined with EVA foam. With dual top and back panel access, the Kode is easy to organize and load. In addition, the Osprey features external straps configured to hold everything from skis to ice axes and rope. Hip belt pockets provide easy access to your camera or phone, and all of the buckles are glove-friendly. Finally, you won't get thirsty in your outdoor pursuits with an internal hydration pocket. It includes a reservoir hanger and an insulated router for hands-free and ice-free drinking.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Internal HDPE frame sheet provides structural support and transfers load weight to the hips


  • Insulated shoulder harness hydration tube sleeve
  • Zippered protective sleeve with external drain and insulated tube route accommodate a reservoir (sold separately); zippered interior pocket helps keep small items organized
  • EVA foam torso fixed harness provides all-day comfort and features an integrated, insulated reservoir hose sleeve


  • Top and back-panel entry to the main compartment lets you access gear when carrying skis or a snowboard and helps keep shoulder straps and hipbelt out of the snow
  • Wide ski loops and glove-friendly buckles let you carry skis diagonally or A-frame style; reinforced front-panel and hipbelt wings allow vertical or horizontal snowboard carry
  • The Osprey Kode 42 snow pack also features reinforced wear points, a scratch-free goggles pocket and zippered hipbelt pockets


  • All buckles and zipper pulls are glove friendly


  • ~ Dual hypalon-reinforced wings on the front panel provide secure, comfortable vertical carry


  • Integrated top pocket carry system offers convenient helmet and goggle storage
  • Fixed EVA foam hip belt features taped edges, large storage pockets, and ErgoPull closures for quick, easy adjustments
  • Backpanel entry into dry pocket
  • Top lid pocket features an integrated helmet attachment and under-lid rope carry; attachment loop lets you lash on an ice tool

Lining and Layers:

  • HDPE framesheet provides maximum support; layered backpanel sheds snow for maximum comfort


  • 420HD nylon


  • Pack volume easily fits the tools you need for a day of backcountry fun; improved access and organization offer convenience and aid in emergencies where speed matters


  • Anatomically shaped shoulder straps, hipbelt and back panel feature supportive EVA foam padding; adjustable sternum strap features a whistle built into the buckle


  • Hydration compatible


  • Quick-access, extended J-zipper with extra large opening provides access to avalanche safety kit pocket with shovel handle and probe sleeves; a third zipper pull allows quick access even if a helmet and skis/board are on the pack


  • Under-lid rope carry system offers quick and easy rope storage
  • Reinforced wear points to protect pack from metal edge abrasion
  • ~ Diagonal carry utilizes one side of the bottom front panel and the opposite side at the top
  • 420D hex rip diamond
  • ~ Reinforced hip belt wing provides quick horizontal carry for shorter hikes
  • Wet/dry gear division
  • ~ All wear points are reinforced

The Osprey Kode 42 is a dedicated, technical backcountry snowplay pack designed specifically for ski/snowboard mountaineering, hut-to-hut trips and ski patrol endeavors. The Kode 42 features Osprey's glove friendly buckles, so no need to freeze your fingers taking the bag on and off.

FEATURES of the Osprey Kode 42 Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Osprey Kode 42 Pack.

Massey's Outfitters
The Kode 42 is a dedicated, technical backcountry snowplay pack designed specifically for ski/snowboard mountaineering, hut-to-hut trips and ski patrol endeavors. Diagonal Ski Carry.
Glove Friendly Buckles.
Hipbelt Pockets.
Horizontal Backpanel Snowboard Carry.
Ice Tool Carry.
Stowable Helmet Carry.
Top Stash Pocket.
Vertical Snowboard Carry Dimensions.
Dimensions are shown as length (height) x width x depth.
IN: 26 x 13 x 13.
CM: 65 x 33 x 32 Manuals.
Fall 2013 Kode Owner's Manual [1,705 KB PDF]
Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Ideal for ski/snowboard mountaineering, hut-to-hut adventures, and Ski Patrol use, the updated Osprey Kode 42 backpack offers optimal volume, improved access and organization, extreme functionality, and total comfort for all facets of backcountry travel.

Incorporating design feedback from backcountry professionals and athletes, the updated Osprey Kode 42 snow pack adds logical organization and sharp style to a full day or overnight off-piste venture.


Mountain Gear
From hut tours to ski mountaineering the Osprey Kode 42 Backpack has a rich feature set to get you where you need to go and back.
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Adjustable Torso Length:No
Bag style:Snowsports
Capacity:S/M: 2441 cu in / 40 L M/L: 2563 cu in / 42 L
Detachable Pack:no
Dimension:(H x W x D)
Dimensions:26 x 13 x 12 in. (66 x 32 x 30 cm)
Dimensions - metric:1.67 kilograms
Fits torso:42 liters
Fits waist/hips:2319 cubic inches
Frame type:Backpack
Gear capacity (L):Backpack
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Internal
Helmet Carrier:yes
Hydration Bladder Compatible:Yes
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:yes
Ice Axe Loops:yes
Material:3 lbs. 8 oz.
Number of Pockets:7
Number of exterior pockets:2563 cubic inches
Optimal load range:25-40 lb. (10-18 kg)
Organization Pocket:yes
Pack Fabric (Primary):420DHD nylon
Pack Features:Hydration Compatible, Ski Carry, Snowboard Carry, Top Loader
Pack Size:2000-2999 cu in
Pack loading:3 lbs. 11 oz.
Padded Laptop Compartment:No
Primary Access:Top Access
Shovel Pocket:no
Ski / Snowboard Carrier:yes
Sleeping Bag Compartment:no
Torso Length:S/M 15-19 in.M/L 18-22 in.
Trekking Pole Loops:yes
Volume:S/M 2319 cu. in. (38 L)M/L 2563 cu. in. (42 L)
Volume Range:30-45 liters
Weight:S / M: 3 lb 10 oz / 1.64 kg M/L: 3 lb 10 oz . 1.65 kg
Weight - metric:38 liters
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Osprey Kode 42 Review:


So if you are going on a weekend tour this is the pack to have! I've never had so much room to carry stuff before! I can fit really all I need for an overnighter and then some! The snow falls right off of it and it keeps all my essentials dry. Not to mention the weight distribution is awesome and easy to adjust with all the straps. Low swing if packed right and it feels really comfortable on my back, waist and shoulders when I'm hiking . I enjoy the versatility this pack has when it comes to ski carry it can do A-frame or flat on the pack or across. Also the helmet carry in the lid and the extra compartment below to carry gloves makes it for fast and easy access. I've included some detailed pics so that people can get more of an idea of how the pack looks and works. If you have any questions about this pack let me know via live help and ask for Jane H.

Jane Hwang at Backcountry.com on 02/02/2014