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Osprey karve 6

post #1 of 9
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I have been looking at this back pack and the time has come to purchase one. My only question is that I see two sizes for the pack but they are both a karve 6 pack. Which in theory should be 6 liters how can one be bigger and still be a 6 liter pack
post #2 of 9

It's just the length.  My suspicion is it is nearly the same volume, but elongated slightly to suit taller vs shorter torso.  Longer length + slightly smaller diameter = same volume.

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

It's just the length.  My suspicion is it is nearly the same volume, but elongated slightly to suit taller vs shorter torso.  Longer length + slightly smaller diameter = same volume.
Im 5'7 do you think the small will be too small.
post #4 of 9

why not go to an REI, EMS or Cabelas of something similar and try one on? 

post #5 of 9

The two sizes aren't really the same size in terms of their volume.  If you look at Osprey's website (although the "Karve" series no longer seems to be mentioned) you'll see that their other packs come in this "small / medium" and "medium / large" sizes, and the two sizes (in terms of volume) aren't exactly the same.  For instance:

http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/mens/stratos_36_1?tab=specifications

 

i.e., the S/M "Stratos 36" really holds 34 liters, and the M/L really holds 36 liters.

 

As others have said, I'd suggest trying one on or at least purchasing it from a place with a return policy.  Six liters isn't much.

post #6 of 9

there is a sizing chart at Ospreys website, (for some reason I can't copy the link to here----something about browser security settings)  although the Karve is not listed note that most small/mediums are up to 19 inches in torso length (Illiac crest to C7)  medium/larges are roughly 18-21 inches.  I doubt the karve has a need for a hip measure since it isn;t really a suspension pack.

 

As an example, I have the Stratos 36 (not for skiing of course) in medium/large, fitted at an REI and it fits well.  I'm 5'6 I'd go the larger.  I'm not sure you would see much difference in either size for something that wasn't using the hip belt as load carrying.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Michael21 View Post


Im 5'7 do you think the small will be too small.

most likely yes. I'm 5'5" and my old karve 16 S/M is a little too small, wish I had gone M/L, actually wish I had gone with the Kode 22 at the time

 

my karve 16 S/M is only 14Lts, so the karve 6 S/M will probably be something like 5 or 4.5

post #8 of 9
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will getting a small one mean the straps wont fit around my shoulders .. like that small or will it be fine with the exception of a high waist belt which i probably would take off anyways
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Originally Posted by Michael21 View Post

will getting a small one mean the straps wont fit around my shoulders .. like that small or will it be fine with the exception of a high waist belt which i probably would take off anyways

I believe the only change is torso length, and I found out the karve 6 s/m is 6 lts and the m/l is 7 lts, maybe a couple of inches longer in the torso.

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