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.
FeaturesThe pack takes a little getting used to, when it comes to packing, but once you do, its’ 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.
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