Dakine Poacher Backpack

The Dakine Snow Pack family of backpacks are purpose built for experiencing the backcountry in the snow. Features are well thought-out and implemented in a way that preserves precious space, yet maintain organization and ease of access. Whether you're hitting the ski slopes for the day, or doing some serious snowshoeing or mountaineering, Dakine offers several packs designed to meet our needs in the backcountry.

I decided on the Dakine Poacher Backpack. At 2746 cu in, the Poacher is Dakine's second largest pack. When I was shopping for a pack, my primary requirement was the ability to strap my snowshoes and snowboard on the back. I initially overlooked the Poacher pack because I didn't see any straps for the vertical snowboard carry. On closer inspection, I discovered the vertical carry straps were neatly tucked away in hidden pockets, as seen below.

Further inspection revealed many more great features. The back access entry allows you to quickly and easily reach the contents anywhere in your pack. There is a dedicated quick access snow tool/shovel pocket which neatly stowes your snow shovel, avalanche probe, etc. You'll also find a dedicated pocket for your goggles, a fleece lined pocket for your phone or small camera, and a quick draw sleeve for your ice axe. Another cool feature is the insulated sleeve for your hydro pack drinking tube. This allows you to route the drinking tube from inside the pack through the shoulder strap where it's easily accessible, yet no worries of icing up. There are many more great features on this pack that I'm still figuring out.

Overall, I think the Dakine Poacher Pack is going to meet my needs perfectly. It's a place to keep all my snow gear together. All I have to do is throw it in the Bronco and hit the the snow. Whether I spend the day out snow wheeling, or exploring on snowshoes, I'll be better prepared with this pack.

Volume: 2746 cu in
Size: 28 x 11 x 10 in
Weight 3.7 lbs

  Vertical snowboard carry
  Retractable cable ski carry
  Dedicated A-Frame ski carry
  Top load and back access entry
  Insulated hydro sleeve
  Quick access shovel pocket
  Quick draw ice axe sleeve
  Load compression straps
  Customizable internal frame
  Adjustable padded waist belt
The straps for carrying your snowboard or snowshoes are hidden in hard to detect pockets.
Here you can see one of the vertical carry straps pulled out of the hidden pocket
Insulated sleeve for your hyro pack drinking tube runs through the shoulder strap. Prevents drinking tube from icing up in cold weather
Back access entry provides quick access to your pack contents. Very cool!
Special quick access pocket is specifically designed to carry your avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, etc.
Quick draw ice axe carry. Or you can carry your snow shovel handle as pictured.
Fleece lined pocket on waist belt for your cell phone or a small camera.

Side pocket for your snow goggles.

There is 1 comment
Rich – Los Angeles, CA
December 18, 2011 - 13:19

Looks like it would work for cross country skiing also

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