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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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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Like the reviewer below me, I wanted to love this pack. It fits smaller frames well, I like the minimalist design, and it seems durable. But - I'm not sure what's going on with the hose sleeve. It seems like it was designed by a company that knows its supposed to add in that feature but isn't sure why. I have yet to actually be able to pull my bladder hose through the hole; it's way too tight. I ended up just zipping around the hose and trying to guide it along my pack strap. Not the best design, and pretty shocking that it is Patagonia that experiment with that more.

    Almost Perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I want to preface this review by clarifying that I have the 22L version of this pack.

    I was gifted this pack on Christmas for my first ski touring pack. Initial impressions were that this pack looked SWEET with my shell, it's a great size for a small lady, and it can be used as a resort pack too.

    Upon further inspection, there a few but crucial flaws. For one thing, there is only one main internal storage pocket, meaning everything goes in the same place - your shovel, probe, and extra layers (there is a zippered snack pocket and a really small zippered pocket for miscellaneous items, as well as a zippered goggle pocket on the outside). While minimalist, this is not a great setup. While there is a sleeve for your shovel, it does not really prevent the rest of your pack from getting wet if you end up using the shovel to dig a pit (and hopefully that's all you need to use it for!)

    There is also a sleeve for the hydration reservoir, however it does not fit a 3L reservoir very well and I found that a 2L fits a lot better. 2L should be enough for an average tour, but now that means I need to purchase a 2L reservoir or accept that my 3L will stick out awkwardly.

    In addition to those, there are two sleeves stitched into the body of the pack on either side - these are designated for your shovel handle and your probe. I don't know what the intention was here, but the sleeves do not pass the test for ease of use and efficiency. It is a struggle to get a probe inside of the sleeve neatly, because the opening is too narrow and the sleeve itself is tight. Furthermore, it is tapered at the bottom (why???) so once you do get the probe inside, it barely fits through the other end of the sleeve. This is important because the probe handle sticks out and interferes with the hydration reservoir and really anything else you have near the handle. The same issue follows for the shovel handle, though it is a little less tedious to get that inside of the sleeve because it is one solid piece. I actually had to cut slits into both sleeves to make it easier to fit the handle and probe.

    My final issue with this pack is the hose sleeve - again, it is just WAY too tight. One of the most difficult parts of gearing up for a ski tour is fenagaling the hose/valve through the damn sleeve - once it's in there, it's great. The hose stays out of the way and the sleeve has a zipper to keep it tucked neatly. The water does not freeze inside of it either.

    I really want to love this pack, but it's not the most efficient. It does look sweet with my ski outfit though, so that is a plus!

    Pictured: The Snow Drifter 22L during a descent in Grizzly Gulch!

    Almost Perfect

    All Around Great Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased this pack for my girlfriend and it does not disappoint! It works perfectly as a back country pack as well as a day pack. I was a little concerned about it not having a helmet holder but a helmet easily slides into the main compartment and fits without any issues. Everything you need for a day of skiing easily fits and there is a compartment for everything. I would definitely recommend!

    Great Day Pack!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is an awesome and light back country ski touring pack. It has all the features that you need in a pack. Stow your gear and supplies with ease. It can be used for general slack country touring, along with attachments for your ice tools for more technical climbs. My girlfriend is 5' 5" and went with a S/M.

    Any day, Anything

      First, I want to make a point to say, I do not leave 5 star reviews on anything. Giving a 5 out of 5 star review is saying that the product is pretty much perfect in your eyes. No flaws, no problems, and no personal issues with the product.

      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.

      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.