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Switch 36

Switch 36

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Switch 36

Manufacturer: Osprey

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Page By: phoxtrot

Created/Edited: Oct 19, 2008 / Nov 20, 2009

Object ID: 5652

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Product Description

This backpack is made for backcountry skiing and boarding. The Osprey Switch has 3 series or capacity sizes Switch 16, Switch 26, and the Switch 36, each pack has slight differences in design. The Switch 36 is the largest at 2400 cu.in. in the large torso size. The large only weighs 3.6 lbs.

I will focus on the Switch 36 for this review. The pack has three torso sizes s, m, and Lg. With these configurations you have plenty of size options to fit most anyone. I am 6'3" and the 36 Lg fits me nicely.


The pack takes a little getting used to, when it comes to packing, but once you do, itsā€™ great. It has wet and dry interior compartments, pockets for ice axe and probe, H2O compartment and zippered insulated shoulder sleeve for the hose. The top is made for a helmet, along with a fleece goggle pocket. There is a zipper pocket on each side of the padded hip belt for easy access and storage of energy bars, gps, or whatever you want handy. There are ski straps on the sides and board straps at the back. It has a side access zipper that enters into the dry compartment. This pack is well padded, contours nicely, and the design took a lot of technical thought.

I plan on a lot of backcountry trips this year and will update as I use it for various adventures.

Osprey's Almighty Guarentee

Osprey will repair for any reason, free of charge, any damage or defect in our product ā€“ whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a quality repair on your pack, we will happily replace it. We proudly stand behind this guarantee, so much so that it bears the signature of company founder and head designer, Mike Pfotenhauer.



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phoxtrotUpdate on the Switch 36

Voted 5/5

After skiing over 100 miles so far this season, I have found this pack to be very comfortable. The capacity is perfect for a day's excursion into the backcountry. My wife and I are very impressed with the fit and balance. (My wife has the Switch 26) Both packs fit so well that movement and weight transfer really isn't a problem when skiing over hills and rises, not like some packs that fit poorly and tend to throw you balance off. I am yet to find any cons regarding this pack.
Posted Feb 26, 2009 2:24 pm

Bill KerrBest BC day ski pack

Hasn't voted

I used this all winter for backcountry and ski mountaineering trips. It really does cling to your back like a scared monkey and never interfers with your balance. Good Osprey quality. I carry small bags of easy to eat stuff and gel flasks in the belt pockets and use a handwarmer to keep my hose mouthpiece from freezing. A very good design with good organization for avalanche gear.
Posted Apr 5, 2009 10:56 pm

phoxtrotCustomer service

Voted 5/5

I just wanted to note the type of customer service osprey provided me recently. I contacted them regarding a used pack I was interested in. They said up front "We don't care if it's used or new" We would be glad to help you with it... Then stated that it comes with the full warranty which follows the pack forever! I was impressed. I truly thought customer service was a thing of the past!!!!
Posted Nov 20, 2009 1:03 pm

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