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Patagonia Snow Drifter Backpack 40L - 2441cu in

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Multi-day touring missions in the backcountry call for the spacious and efficient Patagonia Snow Drifter 40L Backpack. Whether you're moving through a hut system or heading to a remote yurt, this roomy top-loading pack hauls everything you need to move efficiently deep in the backcountry.

Multiple carry options accommodate both skis and snowboards, and locking cam buckles ensure that your chosen piece of gear is safely secured. Burly Cordura fabric ensures long-lasting durability, and the PU coating and DWR finish keep your gear dry when you get bogged down in a snowstorm. The top-loading design features a removable lid and an adjustable drawcord system that allows you to overstuff the pack, and a side access zipper allows you to reach items at the bottom without completely unpacking. Internal snow safety tool organization keeps avalanche rescue tools organized so you don't waste a second searching for what you need in case of an emergency.

Air Flow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel promotes breathability to keep you from getting drenched with sweat when you're huffing it under the intense alpine sun. The microfleece-lined pocket protects your goggles from sharp edges when you're not wearing them, and a stash pocket in the lid secures small items that might otherwise be easily swallowed up by the pack. It also has a stealthy internal thermos pocket that keeps your hot coffee within reach. Whether this is your first multi-day tour or you practically live in the snowy wilderness, the Snow Drifter 40L is here to help you get through your big backcountry missions.

  • Nylon Cordura fabric with PU coating
  • Ballistic Cordura base fabric with PU coating
  • DWR finish
  • Top-loading design with side access zipper and lid pocket
  • Removable internal frame
  • Internal avalanche tool organization
  • Multiple ski and snowboard carry options with locking cam buckles
  • Microfleece-lined goggle pocket and internal thermos pocket
  • Item #PAT00YM

Tech Specs

[body] 420D Cordura nylon, [base] 940D Cordura Ballistic nylon, DWR coating
2441 cu in
Shoulder Straps
Air Flow mesh
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
front panel
[external] 1 goggle, [internal] organization
Ski Carry
yes, vertical
Snowboard Carry
yes, vertical
Claimed Weight
64 oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring, skiing/snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty

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

I love this pack! I do a lot of winter sports. Mountaineering and snowshoeing. I was so tired of messing with straps and twist ties to get my snowshoes on secure. And also get into my pack when shoes strapped on. A fellow hiker had gotten a Deuter winter bag that opened in the back to get to his stuff when snowshoes strapped on. I liked that idea too! So decided to spend the money on a bag. Started looking and researching and decided on the Snow Drifter 40L. AWESOME! LOVE! Strong material to hold up against winter abuse. My snowshoes go on the pack and snap in tight with two straps across the back. My spikes fit on the side in one strap and the material is tough enough to handle. LOVE THE SIDE ZIPPER for when my snowshoes are on the pack and I need to get inside! LOVE the cozy for my hot cocoa bottle. Love the warm pocket inside for neck gaiter or whatever needs to stay warm! LOVE all the pouches. Still need to try pocket for avalanche shovel but looks great! LOVE the lid with the double sided zippered pockets for quick access and stuff extra toque in or ball cap! THIS PACK IS AWESOME! Tons of straps for use and easy to get to. BLADDER COMPATIBLE! THIS PACK IS SO COMFORTABLE I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! And I carry 25# worth of gear out for a day! I FOUND ONE CON... no zippered pouches on the hip belt. That is the only thing that I miss. I BOUGHT THE BLUE...GORGEOUS! I ALSO GOT THE S/M and I am 5'9" female that is large frame... fits perfect!


    Have used this pack multiple times now and am amazed at how versatile it is. Has load carry/adjustment straps. Expands contracts easily with long zip to access lower pack items. Haven't carried skis but I expect will do this well also. Really good little big pack. Only thing missing might be a rain cover, but I can live without it.

    Best ski touring pack ever made.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Seriously - it's got everything you need out of a ski pack - check the specs!

    Its super comfortable and sits really well on your back while skiing.

    Not the best option for snowboarding

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Received this item as a gift. It has great storage options and the side entry zip is great for accessing items in the middle or bottom of your pack. However, the vertical snowboard carrying system isn't wide enough. My board barely fit through the straps while it was empty and wouldn't fit when the pack was full. I don't know why Patagonia simply didn't make those straps 2 - 3 inches longer. I would recommend this pack for ski touring and long trips, but for snowboard carrying, there are better options.

    high quality - but is a tight 40l

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

    The snowdrifter is very well designed, but i felt the pack was a "small" 40 liters. The front pocket is very flat, and difficult to see into and find things when the main compartment is loaded. Wouldn't be that bad if you weren't fully loaded, or if you had tall items like a shovel packed. The pack compressed very nicely, wore comforable, and had excellent usability out of the compression straps and gear loops.Removable top was cool, especially with the extended rain flap to overpack. A good pack, but overall was a little smaller than what I was looking for.

    What are the dimensions of the bag? Trying to see if it would be airline compliant for carry on. Thanks - K

    Hi Kris,

    this pack is not carry on friendly.

    Most airlines require a carry on to be under 22x14x9 and this pack is 29 x 13.5 x 11

    Let me know if I can help find a bag that meets your needs - we do have a lot of carry-on friendly backpacks available on the site!

    I see this carrys skis... does it have a place to strap boots onto as well for those of us snowshoeing in?

    Hey Kristen,

    You could easily attach your snow shoes to the outside of the pack, but there is no dedicated space for shoes/boots. You would just have to use the main compartment for those.

    Let me know if I can help find the perfect bag for your needs!


    Brittni Sneyd

    Customer Account Manager; Expert Gearhead