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SnowDrifter Pack 20L Reviews

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SnowDrifter Pack 20L

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November 20, 2023


Hard to find a yoga backpack. I boat to hot yoga Saturday and Sunday morning in Hawaii. I roll my big towels and 2 small towels to fit in the equipment storage places. On the outside, I latch in my yoga mat. I think it would be better if I could latch the mat without the interior being zipped up! Its the only way. And it would be better with one po... Read Morecket outside for a cell phone!

November 7, 2023

Looks great, but too big for petite woman

I really wanted to love this pack, and it has all the features I want, and look stylish enough for city use between trips. The issue is, even the S/M size the back panel is too long. I am 163cm but I have a proportionally short body, and this just didn't sit right on me. With the hip straps in the right place and the shoulder straps adjusted t... Read Morehe tightest they go, there is a gap of about 5cm at the top. Do Patagonia do an equivalent women's version, or release X-Small? Help a short girl out!

October 2, 2023

Perfect for shorter trips.

As a backcountry/touring guide, I've owned several backpacks. I was looking for a smaller pack for those shorter tours in the early and late season. The Snowdrifter offers that at a good price point.

May 1, 2023

Worked out great

Loved backpack for hiking, look forward to trying for skiing. Comfy fit and first time with camelback great for staying hydrated.

April 3, 2023

Streamlined and durable.

Recently I took this pack with me for 6 consecutive days splitboarding. I was a bit concerned about the limited space of the 20L size but found it to be perfect for all day adventures. I was able to get everything into the pack including: avalanche probe, shovel, ice-axe, touring poles, jacket, big lunch, survival kit, repair kit, down layer, helme... Read Moret, goggles, first aid kit, and two water bladders. In addition I was able to secure my splitboard to the bag when boot packing up in the alpine. This bag is trim and mighty.

April 3, 2023

Excellent pack

I bought this for carrying my board up hill on snowshoes so I can ride back down. Works great. The board can sit high enough to not hit my snowshoes and it holds the board steady.

February 28, 2023

Too small

This is a nice little bag for a hike or skiing at the resort. Its simply not big enough to ski tour. No way can you get all your avi tools, water and food plus a layer. And then skins once you're ready to go down. And all the avi tools are in the same main compartment so it doesn't organize your gear well. Only one tiny pouch for small it... Read Moreems. Too little even for a half day I think. Fine pack if you can have a quiver of ski packs. More detailed photos on the website would have saved me from making this purchase.

February 10, 2023

Great bag

Overall a great bag and a good buy if you want a dedicated bag for specific activities.

February 9, 2023

For Snowshoeing

It is pretty good for snowshoeing, however it could use a type of side pocket or clips to not just carry your snowshoes but also your sticks. The helmet holder is a funny trick because you can't carry a helmet and snowshoes at the same time.

February 1, 2023

Low profile and super comfy

The Snowdrifter is very comfortable and holds plenty of other gear including a 2liter internal h20 while maintaining a low profile and balanced cargo profile.

January 24, 2023

Super Awesome

Awesome. Watch Patagonia's video of it and check out Switchback Travel's review of it.

January 1, 2023

Didnt love the design for skis.

I wanted to like this pack, as Ive used several Pata climbing packs and smaller daypacks in the last that I LOVE. However I ended up returning this, not loving the way you attach skis. May be better suited to snowboarding. Also: bring pack ski packs that have a back-panel zipper!

November 29, 2022

Ideal for day pack

Light and as big as it needs. A proposition to add the hydro sleeve on the 30L as well from me.

September 3, 2022

Great fitting pack! Several attachment

Great fitting pack! Several attachment options for strapping different sized boards or skis. The internal pockets are well thought out for such items as your shovel and probe,Saving time is important when these items are needed! The only thing that I would add is a sleeve in the shoulder strap that could accommodate and insulate the tube for my ca... Read Moremelback.

March 22, 2022

Effective But A Bit Fidgety

The pack works well and as advertised except that the helmet cover clips seem to come loose. Perhaps I'm not clipping it properly but my use wasn't that heavily dependent on holding my helmet in place while resort skiing. I only used it when taking lunch breaks and that's when it kept coming loose. Backcountry outings might be a prob... Read Morelem. Maybe I'm not using the clips properly. On the plus side, it's the perfect size for the "personal item" you're allowed to carry on a plane since it can (sort of) fit under the seat in front of you, so it's an excellent dual use pack when flying.

Response from Patagonia
March 29, 2022

Hello Michael, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback on the SnowDrifter Pack 20L. The hooks need to have some tension on the webbing in order to keep everything secure. If the webbing slipping, you may want to gently rub the material with a piece of fine sand paper to create some friction to help hold the webbing in place. If you have any questions, please let us know.

March 22, 2022

Just the right size

Perfect for a day trip. Just the right size for all the gear you'll need and fit great.

January 27, 2022

Great compact rucksack.

Bought the S/M for my wife, however guess what I use it most of the time! Nice compact bag, which does not need to be taken off for chairs. ONE SLIGHT problem, is that the ski carry straps are very easy to lose! Which renders the rucksack almost useless as a ski rucksack! ARE REPLACEMENTS available?

January 8, 2020


The snow drifter is perfect for me for snowboarding! It has practical compartments, feels good on your back and looks great. Also it’s made 100% recycled which is the best feature!

January 2, 2020

Great pack except...

I love the size of this pack and the very svelte shape and profile of how it sits on my back. Wide, ample waistbelt with pockets for a variety of items is also great. It’s nice to have a full zip access, although I wish the zipper was placed in a manner that would mimic the 30L version of this pack’s back panel access. When opening the zipper all t... Read Morehe way, contents tend to fall out. A medium sized accessory pocket accessible from the outside would also be helpful. I do like the avy tool sleeves inside. Overall, great pack with room for improvement!

December 28, 2019

Day Sack Review

Good quality product.

December 15, 2019

Perfect for resort skiing

I have been using this bag to pack my water, sports/energy drinks, snacks, face mask, sun screen, goggle lens, hand warmers... for my days riding chair lifts in the resorts, this is the perfect backpack! No need to take it off to get on the chairs. If I parked too far away from the resort, I could also strap my skis onto the pack!

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