Organize and carry your MTB gear.
- Air Channel Ventilation and Dri-Mesh shoulder straps keep things from getting sticky when it warms up
- 100-ounce reservoir with bite valve keeps you hydrated while you climb, and the insulated reservoir pocket and neoprene hose cover ensure you don’t take a sip of nasty warm water
- Stash your pump, tools, and tubes in the multiple gear sleeves
- Protect your media player and sunglasses with the two padded, fleece-lined pockets
- Carry your extra layers and snacks in the main compartment
- External compression armor straps hold your shin guards and elbow pads while you make your way to the top of the mountain
- Helmet-carry flap stores your full-face or regular brain bucket when it’s not in use
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With this bag I can take a light jacket and still have room. It hose is a little short compared to my previous bag. One thing, my reservoir came with a tiny whole, enough to leak and get stuff wet. Hucknroll exchanged it with no problem. The straps are very comfortable and easy to adjust the chest strap. Great bag.
will it hold a 11.6 in laptop
the pack is about 8" wide. 3 cans of PBR to be exact.
yes it will fit. I recommend not having any cold liquid in the bladder because condensation builds up in the main compartment
This is my first hydration pack and I really love it. Has enough space for a pump, spare tubs, cell phone, food, sunglasses, and more! Haven't had any issues with leaking and the bladder fits in great. Took me an bit to get use to the bite valve but it works great. Very pleased.
Just got mine yesterday and it looks way better in person.
I'll let you know how well it works after I get back from Whistler next week :)
Needed a new bag after my Camelbak Mule finally ate it after 7 years or so. Solid bag, enough space for shorter day adventures. i really like the bladder hook at the top of the bladder compartment to keep the bladder from sliding down, but the internal storage pockets are kinda large, and I wish there were some smaller locations for a multi-tool, CO2, etc. Don't really dig the jingling i get from the loose tools.
2011 DaKine Drafter Pack
Picked up a black one off of Chain Love last week and I couldn't be happier w/ it.
It's replacing a 2009 CamelBak MULE and while the listed dry storage capacity is the same/less, it seems like I can fit a good bit more in the Drafter w/ easier access than w/ the MULE. This is mostly thanks to the excellent organizational pockets in the main compartment and the pad straps on the exterior.
The 100 oz. Hydrapack bladder seems to hold significantly more water than the 100 oz CamelBak one. I'm really liking the quick release tube and the bite valve seems to work just as well and maybe a bit more sturdy than the CamelBak. I have had no issues w/ leakage of yet, but I only have 3 rides in w/ this pack. I will say that the first drink of the day seems to have a little bit of plastic taste, but I think this is 100% the water that's been sitting in the tube overnight. Once I get to the fresh cold stuff from the bladder it's nothing but pure water taste.
Ventilation across the back panel is arguably better than the MULE and decidedly better on the shoulder straps. I also feel that it is a bit easier to fit and stabilize this pack and noticed less bouncing of the load when hitting log overs and big roots/rocks/drops.
About the only improvements I could ask for would be to make the mesh side panels of the outer helmet pocket continue further up towards the top of the flap so that there's less chance of other stuff I throw in there coming out. The drinking tube could stand to be a bit longer for me as well to allow routing through the sternum strap.
Overall an awesome deal on a great pack for 5-6 hour trail rides.
so first off, I have been using a North Face Big Shot backpack for my rides. I use it for almost everything. Great bag and works with a hydration system, however the Dakine Drafter has excellent design and quality perfectly suited for mountain biking. Just the right size for tools and a windbreaker or whatever. No quality was spared in the creation of this bag.... and that's what I appreciate most in any product. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND
i've owned a dakine nomad for several years. only negative was the leaky nalgene bladder (which rei let me swap for a camelbak bladder). anyway, glad to see dakine resolved this issue with a new and improved bladder system. venting system has improved somewhat as well.
the difference between the nomad and this pack are essentially a large, full pack length storage pocket and external side pockets (handy) of the larger nomad. but the nomad is bigger and sits lower. 90% of my rides i can use the smaller drafter pack. this line of dakine packs are made of heavy duty material which allows them to stay firm and keep their shape- and will last forever. the inside organization pockets are well thought out.
for mtn biking this pack can save you. i crashed in a rock garden not wearing my body armor, flipped onto a large rock on my back, and the nomad saved my spine. felt like i landed on a water bed. well, almost. packs with lightweight materials may not be as firm or in-place when you eat it, and likely won't come away as unscathed as the nomad does time and again. if you're a weight weenie, look elsewhere, like maybe the AMP line, but if you ride aggressively you're in the right place.
for cool weather if carrying extra clothes or gear, go nomad, otherwise the drafter is the ticket if you want 3l (100oz) hydration.
btw- beware of biking with packs with metal frames. they may vent well, but can be dangerous on a spill.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got this pack to use for a few hours of biking, but I use it for light day hikes now too. Its small enough that you can take it out for just a few hours of riding, but big enough that I can use it for 4-6hrs when I'm packing light. With the 100 oz reservoir you got plenty of water and the compartments inside are actually useful unlike some packs. The helmet carry works great for XC helmet, I can't say how well it works with a full face though. Also, the hydrapak reservoir is a lot easier to clean out than a camelbak. Great pack, but I will say it feels like it sits too low on my back and I can't get the fit just right, but that could just be my personal preference.
I had downsized from my Apex to this thinking I'd only use it when I don't carry all my gear,I was wrong. with the ample straps and the helmet carry I am still able to carry my shin and knee pads on the bottom armor straps, elbow pads inside, full face helmet, tool, spare tube and have a 70 oz bladder inside. I was blown away. Its small enough to be agile for running, low profile enough for climbing mulipitches just using as hydration. great hot weather light pack.
Bought this for spring break and longboarding. Loved it. When we went to the beach it had enough room for my shoes and a towel. Plus I filled the bag with margaritas and ice and it kept it cold for over 4 hours. And it was sitting in the sun! Then when I went boarding it was perfect. The straps kept it in place and it had anough room for my glasses,phone,wallet, ect. Overall a perfect bag for short day trips. The only negative was that sometimes the hose would kink when i tried to drink out of it. But that was easily fixed by ust giving myself more slack.
The description says that the reservoir is 70 oz, but the specs list the volume at 100 oz. Does this mean that it can fit a 100 oz reservoir but comes with a 70 oz?
Chris, I looked at this pack before I bought my Osprey and found conflicting information on it. According to the Dakine website it is 100 ounces.
I've used several sizes of bladders in the pack, up 100oz will fit. as well as any manufacturer bladder will fit.
it should come with a 100oz reservoir. it did when i bought it
mine came with a 100oz. bladder and the ones iv seen in stores all have 100 oz
Does this pack have some kind of antifreeze or something that keeps your water liquid?
It is insulated but your body heat and the constant movement of the water help to keep it from freezing. If it is cold enough the water will start to freeze after time.
blowing your water out of the hose back into the bladder after sips will also help keep a constant temp in extreme heat or cold
This pack has got it all. It's great for biking, hiking or whatever. It's big enough that you can fit a whole outter layer of clothes and a meal or two and still have enough room to have the bladder full. All the little features, like straps on the bottom for your chin guards that tuck away when you're done with them are awesome.
The one thing I don't like about it is the mouth piece for the hydration pack. You have to pull on it while biting on it to get it open and you have to do use your hand to push it to lock it closed. And in Utah most of the rides you end up getting sand in everything which makes it even harder. But other than that I love the opening of the bladder, it's really easy to fill and clean. And the whole pack is great!
Is this backpack water-resistant?
The biggest problem I have with my current bag is that it gets soaking wet in the rain, will this hold up well against water?
when it starts to rain water does sort of roll off the pack a little but it only takes a couple minutes before it starts to soak through. check camelbak packs some of them have a rain cover that unfolds from beneath the pack
I love this pack. It carries leg armor, and a full-face helmet very well without any flopping around. The ventilation on your back is crucial. Perfect size bladder. Two great padded pockets for phone, sunglasses, ipod, etc. This pack also holds up well to abrasions, and abuse from throwing it around in the back of trucks, and falling. Recommended to any downhiller.
I bought this pack about 6 months ago and have used it while riding on average once a week, and for hiking on weekends. It is comfortable and the bladder holds plenty of water. There is just enough room in the pack for what you want to take with you, without being too big of a pack.
I am very happy with this pack, and now will order one for my wife as she often uses mine instead of hers.
This pack is sick, great pockets, and the hydration system is awesome. Sweet gear straps outside, low profile. Doesn't quite fit my full face in the pocket, but you can attach it easily elsewhere.
why is the dirtpatch colour only 47 bucks????
Essentially the same pack, just last seasons model. The Dirt Patches are '09; everything else, 2010.