Osprey Kamber 32 Backpack Review

True to the Osprey brand, I set my sights on the Osprey Kamber 32 backpack for my ski touring outings. My specifications were as follows: I wanted a solid, comfortable backpack that could carry my skis and was well accessorized to be able to deal with all situations (DVA safety kit, take out the camera, pipette, helmet, ice axe, etc.).

So, contract fulfilled? Here is my feedback.

Osprey KAMBER 32 Backpack Review

Osprey Kamber 32

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Technical Description:

  • Weight: 3.22 lbs
  • Dimensions: 22 inches long x 12 x 12 inches
  • Volume: 32 liters (available in 22 L and 42 L + Kestra female model)
  • Size: M or L (to be defined with the Osprey app)
  • Colors: Red, Green/Blue, Black
  • Ski Carry: A-Frame & Diagonal
  • Snowboard Carry: Vertical
  • Goggle Pocket: Yes
  • Lower side compression: Yes
  • Top Loader: No


  • Versatile design
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Ultra-complete accessorization
  • Very comfortable to wear
  • Wide color options


  • Pretty much heavy
  • Size is Not compact

The small and only downside, the Kamber Osprey backpack is a bit heavy with its 3.22 pounds weight (whereas the competition gains a few hundred grams). At the same time, knowing the Osprey brand well, it is not for lack of know-how (cf: Talon) but rather a guarantee of robustness.

Indeed, when you touch the fabric and the seams, you feel that it’s very… very solid! Very well, here I am equipped for years! The front panel in PU texture ensures durability against abrasion (skis, ice axe, ground, etc.). The backpack is waterproof (no cover provided, not necessary unless, as strange as it may seem, you love skiing in the rain …).

Osprey Kamber 32 Backpack - Reviewed & Tested

Carrying Comfort

In terms of carrying comfort, the backpack boasts a perfectly ergonomic shape. The back panel is thoughtfully curved to prevent the retention of snow in case of a fall or deep powder skiing. The foam straps and belt add to the comfort, effectively relieving pressure even under heavy loads.

To become one with the bag during skimpy sculling, a tightening adjustment is conventionally found on the belt as well as on the torso. The system is adjustable on the straps by sliding the straps over about fifteen centimeters. The clip contains a whistle to call for help in the event of a problem. “Snow Star… ”

Design and Shape

The interior of the Osprey Kamber 32 backpack is divided into two parts, each with a specific use. The main pocket (here, on the left) is used to store the day’s business: snack, compressible mini-down jacket, 2nd pair of gloves… The space is relatively large. I also put my reflex camera there.

Moreover, it is for this reason that I chose the Osprey Kamber 32: not having found a ski touring backpack designed for photography like at LowePro (I know, I’m asking too much here), I opted for the dorsal opening which allows access by keeping a strap. In this way, I can quickly take out my SLR without removing the bag and without taking the risk that it receives snow.

Also in this space, there is a zipped net to store your wallet, and your keys are attached to a hook. The other part below on the right is dedicated to safety with slots for the shovel/probe diptych. I also place a thermos there. Another net is placed there.

In addition to the double zip on the two spaces, the Osprey Kamber 32 backpack has a third, clearly visible in red. In case of emergency, no time to waste looking for the right zip that you have to slide in the right direction, etc. There, we take the red and we are sure of our shot!

Osprey Kamber 32 - Pocket and Space

Pockets and Belt Pocket

Given this 32-liter version being ideally proportioned for a day trip, the Osprey Kamber 22 seems to me too small and less versatile to cover the different needs during a season. On the other hand, the 42-liter model seems to be tempting for weekends in refuges and other small raids. Have…

Do you want Pockets? here it is. A small space is on the upper part of the bag to place your glasses or mask. The interior is made of flexible and very soft fabric to protect against scratches. In the main space, there is also an opening to place your 2-liter water bladder (the 3L fits but you have to force a little and you can feel it in your back). On each side of the belt, a spacious pocket to place smartphone, compact camera, tissues, energy bars…

Useful Accessories

The Osprey Kamber 32 Ski Backpack is equipped with a side carrying system for the skis with straps at the top and bottom. The least we can say is sturdy and it will last over time (the lower part is particularly reinforced). I wanted robust, I’m not disappointed! The attachment system with clips is very simple and quick. Another possibility is diagonal carrying if you are in a very steep corridor or a dense forest. It is at this moment that we rejoice in the resistance of the canvas in the long run.

Osprey Kamber 32 - Useful Features

Another good point regarding accessorization, Osprey has equipped its Kamber bag with a helmet carrying net. It is stored in a small pocket Invisibly. When you take it out, it’s hard to believe that you’ll be able to get the helmet in and fix the hooks, but the magic of stretch doesn’t pose any problem in the end.

Ice Ax Holder

On the lower part of the bag, there is also an ice ax strap for the steepest races. If you are greedy and want two, you will have to choose the Kamber 42L.

A particularly appealing feature that won me over is the dedicated space for the hydration pocket, guiding the hose inside the right shoulder strap. As the saying goes, we didn’t come here to suck on ice cubes, and Osprey addressed this by padding it for thermal insulation. This design prevents the water in the hose from freezing, ensuring a continuous flow and potentially saving users from the discomfort of ingesting cold water.

The Verdict

I am convinced, the Osprey Kamber 32 backpack met all my expectations. It is very comfortable to wear and very practical with its many pockets and its carrying of skis. Besides this, it is very resistant and you are guaranteed not to regret your investment in the long term. From now on, it’s my backpack for all my ski touring day trips!

On a personal note, I am enamored with the pack’s design. The color and contours are sure to catch some eyes this summer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Osprey Kamber 32 suitable for someone of smaller stature?

The Osprey Kamber 32 might be perceived as bulky for individuals with a smaller build. Consideration should be given to personal preferences regarding size and weight.

Are the zippers durable and easy to use?

Yes, the zippers on the Osprey Kamber 32 are hefty, solid, and easy to maneuver. They maximize the overall durability and functionality of the backpack.

Is the backpack suitable for weekend getaways?

Yes, the size of the Osprey Kamber 32 allows for about four days’ worth of clothing, making it an excellent choice for a weekend getaway pack.

How does it perform for backcountry snowboarding?

Feedback from users who tested the Osprey Kamber 32 for backcountry snowboarding is positive. Features like dedicated avy gear pocket, helmet carry, and durable zippers make it suitable for such activities.

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