The Reverb is a great looking pack that as ever with Osprey packs has been thoughtfully designed to work well both for regular skiing/boarding and for short backcountry adventures.
We tested the Reverb 18 which as the name suggests carries 18l of gear so is easily big enough for a full day away from the pistes.
It comes with a convenient and quick diagonal ski carry and horizontal and vertical board carry options and an outer zipped pocket which allows quick access to your shovel, whilst the shovel, handle and probe are stored in external sleeves – whilst this allows for more internal space it does mean that accessing and putting together your avy gear may be a tad slower than if it was all in one pocket.
There are all the vital features you need in a winter pack and none you don’t, including a hydration reservoir sleeve which links easily to an insulated shoulder harness sleeve for your drinking tube (the pack is fully compatible with the Osprey Hydraulic Reservoir), microfleece zipped goggle pocket, an EVA fixed harness with slide adjustable sternum strap and removable waist strap and a compression moulded EVA backpanel with HDPE framesheet which feels reassuringly stable on your back.
The main panel is easily accessed via generously sized zips and the pack should last well since it’s built from 420D high-density nylon to increase durability and reduce snags from sharp edges.
Given the price tag and the combination of practicality and good looks the Reverb 18 is a great option for skiers and boarders looking to enjoy short forays into the backcountry whilst carrying all the necessary gear with ease and comfort.