DaKine Frontier 36L

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Awesome, durable, full feature winter pack. I use…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $65


Awesome, durable, full feature winter pack.


  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Carries well
  • Easy to organize gear


  • Little heavy

I use the Dakine Frontier with my K2 Panoramic Splitboard.  It doesn't have a dedicated snowboard carry, but both the cable carry and A-frame carry methods work for me.  In most cases, if I'm carrying my split, it's because I'm on my way up and it's too steep for my skins to grip.  I rarely have a need to carry it otherwise.  

The hydration bladder tube is a little hard to get into the shoulder strap on mine because there is a plastic panel going across the top-back of the pack, and the holes don't line up perfectly, but I can get it through with a little finesse. I've used it with a bladder down to 5°F and I haven't had the tube freeze up on me yet while inside the insulated shoulder sleeve.  

The front shovel pocket has pockets for your probe, shovel and a beacon. The bottom of this pocket has a drain, so you can put your shovel away wet and not carry that moisture around with you all day long.  

The compression straps can get it down pretty tight to your back, which is key in the narrower sections of glades/trails in the 'Dacks.

This pack carries very comfortable and the rear entry is awesome for those warm days were you want easy access to your shell before decending without having to dig through the top of the pack.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

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Dakine's Frontier backpack features: a retractable ski carrier, padded waist belt, and a deployable helmet carry.

- CampSaver.com

Get ready for adventure with the DAKINE Frontier 36L pack, which hauls all your essentials for pioneering new frontiers in the backcountry. Snug-fitting design with side compression straps keeps the weight close to your body for ease on chairlifts. 630-denier nylon fabric with ballistic reinforcements is lightweight, durable and water resistant. Retractable cable ski carrying straps hold alpine or backcountry skis diagonally; skis can also be carried A-frame style. Top loading and back access let you get at your gear even when skis are attached. Deployable helmet carry, quick access shovel pocket and quick-draw ice axe sleeve haul all your backcountry essentials. Insulated sleeve for hydration reservoir (not included) prevents a frozen hose. Billowed stash pocket expands to accommodate bulky items such as a helmet or rope. DAKINE Frontier 36L pack features a padded hipbelt for carrying comfort. Closeout.


A bellowed main compartment allows you to stuff the Dakine Frontier Pack to the gills with gear without causing this backcountry ski pack to burst at the seams. An array of pockets hold your small essentials and avalanche gear, and two styles of ski carry let you attack steep bootpacks hands-free. Pull on the padded shoulder straps and waist belt and start kicking your way to untouched powder stashes.

- Backcountry.com

Stay organized out in the backcountry on your weekend ski tours when you pack along the Frontier Backpack from DaKine. Choose whether you want to carry your skis in the A-frame or diagonal style. Keep your snow shovel and safety tools handy in the dedicated pocket while the insulated hydration sleeve resists freezing.

- Mountain Gear

DaKine Frontier 36L


The DaKine Frontier 36L is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 5, 2013 at CampSaver.com.

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