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DAKINE built the Guide Backpack with an array of backcountry-specific features so you won't be left struggling with your snowboard or skis, or suddenly find yourself without room for safety gear. Drag this tough-as-nails pack out on your sled or cram it in the back of your truck without fear, rugged ballistic nylon allows this bag to roll with the abuse. A comfortable carrying system helps you haul all 55L of gear into the deep snow of the backcountry, and then hump it all home with ease at the end of the day.

  • Vertical board carry and a-frame or diagonal ski carry lets you haul your weapon of choice up the mountain hands-free
  • Top load allows for easy packing at home and back-access means you can reach whatever you need without empty the contents of your bag into the snow
  • The pre-curved internal framesheet keeps the padded back panel comfortable and the padded waist belt takes some load off your shoulders
  • Quick access snow too and shovel pocket and quick-draw ice axe sleeve means all your safety tools are easy to reach at a moment's notice
  • An insulated hydro sleeve keeps your high-quality H2O from freezing solid

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Why did they stop making it?

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

After needing to replace my large 50+L bag, I immediately thought of how awesome my Dakine Poacher 35L bag was. Then I found out that Dakine has stopped making this bag which is their only larger touring bag (so far as I am aware). Got one on craigslist and I love it. Great features, decent weight. Love the dedicated exterior avy gear pocket. many great years to come out of this bag for sure. Will Dakine realise the error of their ways and re-launch the Guide next year?



  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bag is everything I need during my journey through Brasil. Its tough, gets through the rain and feels light on the back.

how thick and comfortable are the straps...

how thick and comfortable are the straps because from the photos they look flimsy?

I use the pack reguarly for back country boarding it does everything I need it to do and then some.

Just bought this pack and I'm inspecting...

Just bought this pack and I'm inspecting it before I decide to keep it. There's an insulated hydro sleeve, but I don't see a dedicated sleeve or loop to hang the reservoir inside the pack. I realize the back panel entry probably complicates this, but am I missing something or does the reservoir just get tossed in with everything else?

I have the older version of this pack. In mine, there's a separate pocket that hangs from the top of the pack, against the back, that holds the bladder and simultaneously lets you use the back-panel access. It would be odd if DaKine eliminated that feature.

Dave, thanks for your response.

I asked Dakine customer service the same question and this was their response: "The reservoir pocket is going to be inside the main compartment opposite of the back panel. It has Velcro closure. We moved away from the older version [that you have, Dave] because of the back panel access."

My opinion: this isn't even a good idea on paper. The pocket is too open for my 3 liter reservoir (meaning it will sag as I drink it or if the main compartment isn't full to keep it in place) and there's no hook or strap to hag it on. The hose lays across your gear, so if you use the top access you have to work around it. And the exit point for the hose (if the hose is even long enough) was way too difficult to feed the bit value through (granted it was a Camelbak big mouth value or whatever it's called), so I returned the pack.

I like the rest of the pack, but hydration is something that needs to be easy to use and I don't think Dakine got it right. Too many other packs to choose from.


Great pack

    I got one last year for winter SAR call-outs and love it. Hydration hose runs through the strap to prevent freezing, shovel pocket keeps probe, blade and handle away from my spine and other gear, it's large enough for skins, harness/self rescue, grub, bivy, first aid arsenal, repair kit and spare clothing. I also like the goggle pocket on top. Perfect 24 hour setup for me. Only gripes - I wish it had a dedicated helmet strap and the zipper pull cords are falling off but that's easy to repair. Oh, and it does a great job of packing my skis!

    Great pack

    Could this pack carry an ice ax?

    Could this pack carry an ice ax?

    Certainly could!! Loops on the sides will hold pretty much anything

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    Anybody have this pack is it worth the...

    Anybody have this pack is it worth the money?


    too many useless pockets

      Big with too many features. I split board and I wanted a bag that could carry a board in ski or board mode and be able to carry my overnight gear. I have a variant 55 that works well for gear and skis but fails in carrying snowboard. So I bought this to see if it would work. Would not fit puffy system, -20 down bag, bivy sack, gore-tex, multi-day food. Shovel pockets with zippers are also a no go for me. I like to access my shovel without A.) using zippers and B,) not having to put it together which wastes time and can get clogged with ice and snow.