Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 20lbs
Height of Owner: 6'0"-6'1"
Price Paid: $99.95 (and I will get 10% back from REI)
If you are a skier or snowboarder you have to like this pack. It is very comfortable and stable with all the standard straps and adjustments found on larger packs. The best part about this pack is the diagonal ski carrying system that is incredibly stable and the skis are together on the front of the pack so they won't knock your calves on a steep hike. This pack is made by a snowboard accessory company, but it works just as well for skiing. It also has the best board carrying system (three straps and a stablizing strap on the top) I have ever seen. It has tons of straps and bungees to carry everything from crampons to shovels as well. It has a back access zipper to get at the main compartment when skis or a board are straped on the front. It is also camelbak compatable. All in all, it is a great pack. It is just as good as the North Face Patrol Pack and is a fraction of the price. Any backcountry skier/boarder will love it as I do. You barely even know it's there when you're ripping the freshies.
Design: Internal Frame
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 27 lbs
Height of Owner: 5ft 9
Price Paid: $100
Nice compact pack for backcountry skiing and/or boarding. Holds snowboards, skis, ice axe, shovel and I have modified it a bit to hold snowshoes. Close fitting to body does not flail around when skiing. Ski holders (diagonal) not as good as board carrying system (vertical), so I modified mine, works fine now. Back and top access are both handy, escpecially the back access (you don't have to take your pack off to get at your stuff). Skis don't catch on branches like a a-frame system does. CamelBak compatable and good load suspension system. On the downside it needs a bit more space and a pocket for skins and probe. With these features it becomes a DaKine Guide, what i should have bought (at 2746 cubic inches).
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Poach only fresh snow while wearing Dakine's Poacher 45 Pack. This pack is the ultimate pack for longer days in the backcountry.
The midsize DAKINE Poacher 45L snow pack carries a snowboard or pair of skis and a day's worth of essentials for venturing deep into the backcountry for untouched powder. Carry board vertically against your back for good balance and even weight distribution. Retractable cable ski carrying straps hold alpine or backcountry skis diagonally; skis can also be carried A-frame style. Carry your backcountry tools in the external snow-tool/shovel pocket and quickdraw ice axe holster. Top-loading main compartment features zippered back access so your gear stays accessible, even when board is attached to pack. Deployable helmet carrying system ensures protection for your noggin comes along on every adventure; easy-access top pocket holds snacks, GPS and camera. Insulated sleeve for hydration reservoir (sold separately) prevents a frozen hose on long treks. Side compression straps let you cinch down loads for jostle-free carrying. DAKINE Poacher 45L snow pack features a sternum strap and padded hipbelt for carrying comfort; sternum strap buckle doubles as a rescue whistle.
With two different ski carry methods, vertical snowboard carry, and plenty of space for enough gear for a day beyond the ropes, the Dakine Poacher Backpack lets you ditch the tram for a slackcountry adventure. Like it's bigger brother, the Dakine Guide Backpack, the Poacher pack uses supremely durable ballistic nylon and rocks comfy, padded carrying system. Reach for this pack when a dawn patrol powder mission calls your name and you need a little extra room for that backup down jacket.
The Dakine Poacher 45L Pack is designed to excel in a variety of different conditions, for those who can't help but be first. Loaded with features including a vertical snowboard carry, diagonal ski carry straps, external pockets big enough to hold a probe, shovel and skins, back access or top load entry and customizable aluminum stays, this pack has everything you need to be numero uno down the mountain. Click here to view Dakine Snow Pack Tech Features (PDF)
- Rocky Mountain Trail