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Patagonia Snow Drifter 20L Backpack

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Snow Drifter 20L Backpack

Built for quick resort-access backcountry missions and pre-work dawn patrols, the Patagonia Snow Drifter 20L Backpack is a low-profile pack with enough room for avalanche safety gear, snacks, water, and other short-tour essentials. It accommodates both skis and snowboards, thanks to multiple carry options with locking cam buckles, and its low-bulk design helps you reach the top more quickly on backcountry missions where time is of the essence.

Burly Cordura fabric ensures long-lasting durability, and the PU coating and DWR finish keep your gear dry when you get caught in a snowstorm. The clamshell-style opening allows easy access to the main compartment, and internal snow safety tool organization helps you quickly find what you need in emergency situations. Air Flow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel promotes breathability to keep you cool when you're huffing it to the top. An insulated hydration system keeps your water supply from freezing in frigid conditions, while the microfleece-lined goggle pocket protects your gogs when you're hiking in sunglasses. There is also plenty of additional space for extra baselayers, trail snacks, and anything else you might need for quick powder missions.

  • Ski pack built for quick backcountry tours and dawn patrols
  • 20L is the smallest backpack that Patagonia makes for skiing
  • DWR- and PU-treated Cordura fabric is durably water-resistant
  • Multiple carry options for skis and snowboards, with locking buckles
  • Internal organization for avalanche safety gear
  • Item #PAT00YG

Tech Specs

[body] 420D Cordura nylon, [base] 940D Cordura Ballistic nylon, DWR coating
20L (1221cu in)
Shoulder Straps
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
front panel
[external] 1 goggle, [internal] organization
Ski Carry
yes, vertical
Snowboard Carry
yes, vertical
Claimed Weight
33.6 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring, skiing/snowboarding
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Great pack with one small annoyance

    Well constructed pack on par with what you would expect from patagonia. For me the deal breaker is the diagonal ski carry. The loop hangs down pretty far from the pack and the upper attachment is in the center of the pack which means it more mostly a vertical carry and I tend kick my ski tails with my boots on my longer skis. If you're a snowboarder, it's flawless for its size

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I’ve been on the market for a multifaceted backpack I can use for my commute to work as well as hiking and skiing. This pack is perfect for all! The size is just large enough for all the essentials without feeling overwhelming. It has great compartment space to organize all your tools and daily items. It’s really comfortable to wear and I’m excited for all my adventures with this backpack! I got it in the textile green and really like the pop of color it adds!!

    Love this pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My old backpack broke and I needed a new one. So happy I stumbled upon the Snow Drifter. It's a perfect sized pack for day use in the office or traveling to carry a laptop and other small items (there's lot of cool pockets on this pack) and I know it will also function great as a day pack on the slopes (lots of hook attachment points, snowboard carry strap, water pouch). Looking forward to the many times I'll be using this baby!

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Got this pack to use for school to carry my laptop and books as well as to use out in the backcountry for day trips! Perfect size for what I want to use it for with plenty of storage space. DWR does its job on this pack!

    Classroom to white room.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have had this pack for about 6 months now and it still looks brand new. Iv used it to carry my laptop and books around campus on week days and gear when I'm ski touring on the weekends. My favorite feature is the large goggle pocket. It fits goggles, sunglasses, and snacks for easy access. Sometimes I wish I got the 30L for longer tours so I could have a little more space to work with. Overall great purchase that I will be using forever.

    Perfect all day touring pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Nothing you don't need. Simple, durable, light, and tight! Plenty of room for safety gear, insulation, gloves, repair kit, food, water, chocolate, gummy bears, Swedish fish, and eyewear. I've also been able to stuff a 60m 6mm cord and harness in but its tight. Multiple ski attachment options but my favorite is the low ski loop which allows the ability to quiver your skis without removing your pack if you add a shoulder strap leash. Perfect efficient movement in the mountains!

    Perfect all day touring pack

    Awesome little day pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I really like this little day pack. i have used it for a number of things. I hate snowboarding with a backpack, but this pack is nice and slim and comfortable on the back. I have found that the probe pocket is a little small. but other then that i love this little pack. everything else fits in great.

    Awesome pack!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Got this for backcountry use- fits beacon, shovel, probe in very nicely. Has great pockets and places for extra layers, food, etc. you might want to carry. I personally use it for snowboarding- fits snowboard on great on outside straps and snowshoes. Also use it inside resorts if I want a light pack to carry/want to do longer, in-bounds hike-to terrain.

    Excellent for light travel/skiing

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

    Looks like this puppy is out of stock, but I will say that as a very light packer, I found this pack to be excellent for a 3.5/4-day trip out to Colorado for a full day of skiing (and another day for hiking and climbing, and another day for just plain hanging out). It fit a lot more than I thought it would and seems like a generous 20L. I thought it performed really well as opposed to a regular backpack and fit my back really nicely and allowed for more movement in the upper body. I think it makes an excellent daypack for skiing and for ski mountaineering, but for longer adventures, a 30L would be great. Beware of the slight differences, though: the 30L will not have the compartment on the strap for the water bladder hose. I would also have enjoyed an attachment for my helmet, but managed to attach it to the side panel straps for easy carrying. The chest strap was a little low for me, but the hip strap was comfortable and fit me well while both traveling and skiing. I'm also loving the separate microfleece compartment for the goggles--brilliant!

    BOTTOM LINE: I've been pleasantly surprised by its capacity and lightweightness, and have yet to test it out further, but love it so far!

    Excellent for light travel/skiing

    great for quick missions

      This 20L pack is a great small pack for quick sidecountry missions, or tours where you don't need to take a lot with you. It's got organization for your probe/shovel/saw, and a nice simple layout for lunch, water, and a few layers. The insulated hydration sleeve is a nice bonus, and the padded back panel is super comfortable.

      Comfy but too small

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've had the backpack for a few months, and I loved it for hiking and bike commuting. It's insanely comfortable and balances a full load well. The downside: I took it ski touring this weekend, and it's too small. The shovel handle and probe barely fit under the zipper. After adding a water bottle and first aid kit, there's hardly room for skins, and definitely not for extra layers or lots of snacks. This would be a great in-bounds ski or snowboard pack, but I think I'll upgrade to the 30L for touring!

      Unanswered Question

      The upper ski carry straps have two little loops on the backsides near the body of the pack (away from the buckles). Anyone have any idea what these are intended for?

      Unanswered Question

      I'm wondering if the K2 rescue shovel fits in this pack? It's a pretty tight fit in my current pack so I'd just like to make sure.