When it comes to ski backpacks, I’ve been on the hunt for a snow sports specific day rucksack for a while. I’ve had my eye on the Osprey Kamber 22 for a couple of years, but always made do with other 22 litre packs.
The Osprey Kamber 22 ski daypack got it’s first outing in 2020 (before the endless lockdowns!). So here’s the review!
Up until this year I’ve used the Osprey Talon 22 as my skiing daypack, and whilst it performed admirably, it’s not an out and out ski backpack. It’s missing things such as a fleece lined goggle pocket, shovel pocket and an insulated shoulder hydration sleeve.
Step forward the Kamber 22.
Along with excellent durability and build quality that you come to expect from Osprey packs, it also has all of those things, and more.
All the zip pockets have glove-friendly grab cables, allowing ease of access to the pack whether on a ski lift or at the side of the piste.
The waist and chest straps are reliable as ever, and can be altered to suit, allowing you to find a comfortable position as you hurtle down the slope.
The front of the back is rugged, and has a hidden away helmet carry – ideal to stop your helmet banging around as you walk to the apres bar after the slope session.
There is also a strap tucked away that unravels to create a ski or snowboard carry, as well as tuck-away ice tool loops, so all your kit can be lugged up the mountain in a secure, comfortable manner.
There are two good sized waist belt pockets, perfect for a sunglasses case, hip flask and piste map, as well as a fleece lined shallow goggle pocket towards the top of the pack.
There are two main compartments in the Kamber 22, one designed for avalanche safety gear (of which this pocket has a different coloured, luminous zipper pull compared to the rest of the zips, ideal for emergencies) and one for all your other gear. For the average skier though, these two compartments can separate your wet gear from your dry gear 🙂
Importantly, the Kamber 22 ski pack has an insulated shoulder hydration sleeve to ensure your water doesn’t freeze. It also has a useful, integrated Velcro strap to hold it in place.
The Osprey Kamber 22 costs £120. It has been on the market for a few years, so expect to find low stock in your looking for it directly on the Osprey website. You might find a few on the Osprey Europe Amazon website though.
Osprey launched the new Soelden and Sopris ranges in 2020, so expect to see more of these in 2021.
Do you have a favourite ski backpack? Let me know in the comments below!
KAMBER 22 SPECS
Weight: 1.2 kg (M/L)
Maximum Dimensions 56 x 20.5 x 28 cm
Retail Price: £120 – OspreyEurope.com
Disclaimer – The Osprey Kamber 22 backpack was reviewed as part of an ambassador programme. Whilst I paid for the pack, I am obliged to post an honest review – thus – the views and opinions I present here are explicitly my own. This post does contain affiliate links however.