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    Snow Drifter 30L Backpack

    For long days in the backcountry and minimalist overnight missions you've got the Patagonia Snow Drifter 30L Backpack. Designed to work seamlessly with you during touring expeditions, this pack provides efficient storage and backcountry-specific features to meet the demands of human chairlifts everywhere.

    It's got multiple carry options that accommodate both skis and snowboards, with locking cam buckles to ensure that everything stays in place. Burly Cordura fabric ensures long-lasting durability in rough terrain, while the PU coating and DWR finish keep your gear dry when unexpected snow hits. The U-shaped lid makes packing and accessing gear easy, and when you've got something buried deep there's a zippered back panel so you can quickly find it without having to root through your whole pack. There's a spacious compartment dedicated for snow safety tools, so you can pack along peace of mind as you head into the backcountry.

    Mesh on the shoulder straps, back panel, and waist belt promotes breathability to keep you from getting drenched with sweat when you're huffing it to the top, and a microfleece-lined pocket protects your goggles when you're hiking in sunglasses. It also has plenty of extra space for backcountry meals, extra layers, and whatever else you need for all-day missions in the wilderness.

    • Tackle long days in the backcountry with this versatile ski pack
    • Multiple carry options for your ski or snowboard make exploring easy
    • Separate compartment gives you easy access to snow safety tools
    • Tough Cordura fabric withstands bumps and bruises of alpine ascents
    • DWR treatment sheds moisture when unexpected snow comes through
    • Mico-fleece lined pocket keeps goggles accessible and protected
    • Back panel opening for quick access when you need to search for gear
    • Mesh-lined straps and waistbelt for breathability and support
    • Item #PAT00YH

    Tech Specs

    [body] 420D Cordura nylon, [base] 940D Cordura Ballistic nylon, DWR treatment
    30L (1831cu in)
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    front panel, back panel
    [external] 1 stow, 1 goggle
    Ski Carry
    yes, vertical
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical
    Claimed Weight
    2lb 7oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing/snowboarding, backcountry touring
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Backpack for the Backcountry

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this mainly for ski touring and it's been sweet so far! it has pockets made for avy tools and was really comfortable to hike with. The zipper around the back pad makes everything easily accessible when on the mountain.

    Patty Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this bag! It's super durable and has held up great in the backcountry. 30L is perfect for a day, but I would need a little more in I was overnighting somewhere. The only thing I wish this pack had was a hip belt snack pocket....let's be real, snacks are important. I think I'll stop by the worn wear truck and see if they can sow one on for me...once that is done, perfect pack.

    Great snowboarding backpack

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    The Snow Drifter is an all-around great snowboard backpack from Patagonia! 30L is just the right size to hold any necessary gear for a day in the backcountry, yet slim enough to through a couple water bottles and a sandwich in for a day at the resort. I’m a big fan of just about all the features Patagonia built into this backpack. Especially like the cloth goggle pocket and the zippered back panel which makes its super easy to grab items in the bottom of the pack or store larger items.

    Definitely would recommend the Patagonia Snow Drifter backpack if you’re in the market for a snowboard or ski specific pack.

    I take it everywhere

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought it for skiing, and it delivered everything I wanted. Sturdy, lots of pocket room, and streamlined fit (not bulky at all). Happily, it also fits my work laptop and I've started using it for commuting as well because I just like it that much.

    bomber bc snowboarding pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    so, I feel like 4 stars is a bit nit-picky but I can't give it 4.5 stars so 4 it is. Overall, the pack is great. Holds up to weather, general abuse, and the fit is perfect for a solid day touring or exploring the mountains. I love the back entry and the separate pack area for the safety gear. My one complaint is the goggle pocket. While a great idea, it does make getting into the main compartment difficult from the top. Small thing I know, but I wanted to note it.
    Great pack otherwise though, I'd buy it again.

    Go to Pack for the Mountains

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this pack after trying out a few and love it, the simplicity is exactly what i was looking for while have plenty of space for a everything i would need for a day. The pack hugs really well so you don't feel like you are skiing around with a space ship on your back and the avy pocket is well made for quick and easy access. All around a great pack.

    Everything you need

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    At 30L this pack has enough room for everything you need. Straps and clips are very sturdy, and as always you get Patagonia's legendary quality.

    Great Pack for Everything!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was on the search for a pack that I could use for most activities but also for bike commuting. Big deciding factor was the amount of pockets plus the ability to strap some skis or a board to it and the water resistant finish.

    It's been perfect for everything except commuting, it works, but the hip straps aren't really necessary or comfortable due to their large size. But overall I am very happy with it and still use it daily despite this. I have used it touring multiple times so far, as well as even snowshoeing with a snowboard attached to it. Solid pack, solid construction. Excellent design for stowing gear with the fleece lined goggle pocket and especially the easy access and layout of the shovel/probe outer compartment.

    Sizing should not be a big deal with the pack, but for reference I am 5' 11" and the large fits my torso pefectly.

    Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm just getting into touring and was in need of a new pack. A few of my co-workers recommended this pack so I gave it a try. Right from the get go I've been really impressed.
    It's the perfect size for holding the essential gear for a long day touring around in the mountains but not so big that it feels bulky for the short morning missions before work.
    It has all the essential straps that you would need for ski or snowboard. Also like the rear entry for getting to your gear, really nice to have when you're pulling out camera gear.
    Liked this pack so much I ended up getting another one for my fiance.

    Great Pack

    Hey Jeremiah, yes they are great for poles. I bought the Burton x Black Diamond Compactor Poles, they fold up really nice and I stash them in the side straps.

    Evelyn, she's wearing an older style Nike snowboard boot that unfortunately is not made anymore.

    Multi-Purpose Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pack does it all. Even though some of the pockets are designed for backcountry gear, there are many other uses you can find for them. Also to note, there is a small pocket designed to hold a bladder so that was a pleasant surprise upon receiving the pack- FYI the bladders sold separately. I've taken this pack on many adventures and its not a piece of equipment I have to worry about "babying"- the Cordura has and will hold up just fine for the next few years. I 5'8'' and went with a size small and couldn't be happier.

    The Legend Continues

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is one of those pieces. After having this pack for 2 seasons now, i feel naked on hikes, tours, climbs without it. It fits so great and has stood the test of time in regards to durability.

    Excellent pack for ski touring - diagonal carry, horizontal strap for snowboard or adjusting carry, goggle pocket, wet pockets for shovel probe, back entry for when you do have stuff on the back.

    Excellent, bought another for a gift!

    My typical Backcountry day is a remote full day on a splitboard from dawn until afternoon, variable weather in NW Montana. Never really overnight. Lighter, lower profile is always nicer. Would you recommend this size or the 20L (assuming this is nicer with padded hip belt). Also do the straps hold collapsable poles well?

    Hey Jeremiah,

    I would recommend the 30L - it sits really low profile and very ergonomic on the body. If you are out there for 6 hours and want to bring layers/snacks/technical pieces (rope,harness,crampons) - the 30L is going to be a much better option than the 20L

    The pack empty by itself doesnt actually weigh much, so the extra space is essentially an added benefit.

    Yes, it holds collapsible poles, there are little loops under the top horizontal strap that take poles.


    Good Stuff

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Great little ski touring pack. More than enough space for an overnight trip. Solidly built and has already taken a couple of beatings, but you wouldn't even notice. The hefty cordura fabric is fantastic. Like it so much that have used it for biking and just general errand runs as well.

    New first impressions

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

    I just bought this bag and my initial reviews are good so far. Got this for day ski tours since it has separate compartments for the probe and shovel-convenient for rest breaks since you wont have to dig around and pull stuff out to put stuff back in. The zipper pulls are nice and big if you have mitties on. Loaded this up at home with skis and what not to see how it would hold the weight. It fits comfortably and feels secure. Straps synch down close to the body-even if you are smaller. Straps are comfy and supportive. Can adjust the chest strap if you are more petite.

    Breaking it in with some day hikes and found this bag to be super light weight and very comfortable. When jogging down with the pack it wasnt all floppy and annoying. Held up well.

    Cant wait to use it ski touring and really put it to the test.

    Got it size small and fits me perfectly.

    New first impressions


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I’m a “one-bag-for-everything” type of person so I picked this bag to see if it would work for multiple uses. It most certainly does and no complaints so far! I’ve taken this thing hunting, canyoneering, biking, and to beyond. In some cases I pack gear into it normally, but when I shoot photos, I have retro-fitted a camera & lens “holster” inside. Since it’s the snow version of this bag, with the big zipper door, it works really well for pulling out my camera. Again, great all-around pack and it has withstood a hefty beating already without tearing or any malfunctions.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Solid workhorse construction is a light package. The Patagonia Snow Drifter instantly became a favorite pack. I usually use a BD Jetforce 40L but wanted something smaller a much lighter for days when I would not need the JF or extra weight. Finding a pack that had a good compartment or tools, gear, and goggles seemed like it would be easy but it was not. Then I came across the Snow Drifter and it had basically everything I was looking for. It has a great pocket for your shovel and probe. I found that my skins fit nicely in between the slots for the shovel handle and probe. The main compartment is straightforward and carried your gear. The goggle pocket is nice to keep your lenses scratch free. While I would like to see a helmet carry on this bag, I looped my helmet strap through the top two sides of the horizontal strap and it worked perfectly (Most helmet slings are flimsy and wear out well before the rest of the bag). I also would not mind seeing little zip pouches on the hip belt but not a deal breaker by any means. The pack is light and comfortable. Would highly recommend this pack!

    great pack

      I had a chance to ski with this pack all winter last year, and couldn't be more psyched with how it performed and held up. It's very comfortable while skinning and handles a heavy load well. The compartments are well thought out and the back panel access is super handy.

      great pack

      Ty, I'm 5'10, 145. Would you say small or large. Also, many of the reports say this bag does it all. That's exactly what I'm looking for. Something for day hike with the fam in the summer, traveling as a carry-on, packing it to CX races etc. You think this is the one? Thanks. -KDAY

      On the way up!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Snow Drifter has taken over as my pack of choice.

      For those who spend more time in the mountains than they do with their own family - you know how important a good, reliable, and functional pack is. This pack has all the features and functions you need for long days in the hills - with all the tools and goodies in tow.

      This pack is a true 30L - no bigger, no smaller, and sits really low profile when wearing. The suspension system on the shoulder straps and the hipbelt keep the pack tight to the body without constricting. The total material construction of the pack is bombproof and also extremely lightweight - which I find amazing with all the features.

      These features include back panel entry, as well as a half zip top entry. It also has a separate forward section for your shovel, probe, and wet goods - with separate tube sleeves for your shovel handle and probe. This keeps every tight and prevents things from jostling around when hiking - adding to the "low profile" feel.

      The diagonal ski carry loop and straps make for an easy transition from tour to bootpack. The horizontal straps are also extremely versatile for snowboard carry, pole carry, rope carry, helmet carry, etc.

      The only con to the pack is the lack of a specific helmet carry net or system - but as mentioned before the horizontal straps can be orientated to carry a helmet.

      The hipbelts have soft cushion, big buckles for easy clipping with gloves on, and sit really nicely against the body. The shoulder straps have the same soft cushion and can be variably tensioned for the perfect positioning.

      I've taken this thing for the true journey - over 40k in vertical feet skied, hiked to the crags for climbing and alpine objectives.

      Photo - Headed to the Twin Coulies of Deseret Peak with the Snow Drifter packed to the rafters! Boots included!

      On the way up!

      Hey Alex,
      How hard was it to get boots as well as skis on the pack? I've always used an a-frame for spring missions, and been able to have my boots in my bindings when the skis were on my pack, so that's my biggest question about this pack.


      Hey Kendall,

      You can carry skis on this pack in both an A frame as well as diagonal. Both ways you can have your boots in your bindings. I prefer to slot my boots in the side of the pack because its more concise and the balance is better, i've got the Backlands and they fit perfect. You could probably get a Maestrale/Gea sized boot in there just fine.

      This pack has a lot of variability but i would say it would be perfect for what you are looking for. Still have this pack, and still love it.

      I don't see an insulated hydration sleeve.

      The sleeve is a part of the main back pack strap. It will go up through the back of the pack then into a zippered sleeve on the main strap that goes over your shoulder. Still would want to buy an insulated sleeve for the actual tube, and something to cover the mouth piece. If its cold out, even with the insulated sleeve on the pack the mouth piece will still freeze.