The smallest compartment is insulated against cold or impact. The insulation layer provides sufficient support to help the pack keep its shape whether empty or full. Total capacity is 10 or 11 liters depending upon pack size, S/M or M/L. External draw cords and a removable belt make hands-free ski-toting a breeze and torpedo-tube style pockets on either side offer safe, vertical pole stowage for ski or hiking poles. I found the Karve 11 surprisingly comfortable with its form fitting foam pad and well designed harness system. The straps stayed put even without buckling the chest strap, which can be adjusted up or down for best fit. It keeps its shape whether empty or full. Snow or dirt egress is minimized by the fact there are no outside pockets or drinking hose ports.
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