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SnowDrifter Pack 30L

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November 27, 2023

Great backcountry ski pack

I got this pack to replace my old Osprey Koda 38. I really like everything about the design of it with the exception of one thing. I bought the 30L version because I need the extra space. The 20L version has an insultaed shoulder strap for the hydration tube, the 30L version does not??? It's not a deal breaker for me but certainly would have b... Read Moreeen wise addition in my mind.

October 23, 2023


All-round great for many different uses

September 19, 2023

Great bag for climbing

The bag holds a surprising amount of gear. You can just keep packing it and there always seems to be more room. I truly love the built in helmet holder on the front of the bag.

September 3, 2023

Love this Pack!

I never write reviews. This is the exception because I love this pack for backcountry/telemark skiing! Overall, I can carry everything I need and enjoy carrying it comfortably. 1) Fits nice and close to the torso, so that there's no shifting around on my back when I'm making turns. 2) Just the right amount of compartments. I can stash m... Read Morey helmet in the outside flap for easy access. The next compartment (outer-most zippered compartment) is for snow shovel, avy probe, emergency gear/first aid kit.; all these things have a special place in the built-in organizers. The top zippered pocket works for car keys, ski goggles and a snack or two. The next zippered compartment is for warm layers, more food and water bladder (in the compartment's sleeve!). I love that I can access this compartment two ways - from the top zipper and, when the pack is off, from the zipper that is next to my torso. It's so easy to stay organized and to find stuff quickly. When it's loaded up, it's not too heavy. My Rocky Talkie fits nicely on the daisy chain/sternum strap webbing. The design is simple, yet elegant. Great pack!

August 6, 2023

Great backpack!

I bought this for climbing and found it was much more suitable for my needs compared to the Patagonia crag smith pack. It is comfortable with hip straps and fits well. I like that it has several compartments for my things and plenty of space in the inside compartment. Overall great backpack.

July 23, 2023

Great backpack!

This is a great backpack with many compartments. It is comfortable and a nice size to take out to the crag for the day.

February 13, 2023

All you want from your ski pack

Every strap, zipper and pocket is right where it should be.

February 2, 2023

Awesome backpack

Its perfect for hikes and backcountry skiing. Designers should make a side water bottle pocket. that's only one minus what I found in month os using...

December 23, 2022

Sadly, too tall for me

I ordered this pack because it had what I was looking for that my current ski touring pack does not - namely, two ways to get into the main compartment, hip belt pockets, a place to stash my skins, and most of all, no straps getting in the way of the zippers. The design is really thoughtful. Unfortunately, at 5 ft 2 with a short torso, the s/m size... Read More was still a couple of inches too tall for me. Hope they bring this out in a shorter frame. Just one suggestion beyond that - the hip pockets are pretty flat and hard to store anything in them, especially with the way the belt sits on a smaller frame. Pockets that stick out a little more would be great!

December 2, 2022

A Great Day Touring Pack

I have the same pack in the 20 liter size for inbounds and sidecountry days or 1/2 day trips that are predictable. It's such a great pack that I got the 30 liter size for full day trips that require more stuff and that way, too, I can carry stuff for my kids in order to off load them. The top pocket keeps goggles and similar up and away but e... Read Moreasy to get. The typical shovel and probe pocket keeps those items accessible for safety. The main pocket is big enough to fit plenty for a full day long tour. The ski-strap system is a breeze. I like the A-frame option so I keep a voile strap or two handy all the time. The belt pockets are big enough for snacks and sundries so you can access them on the go. When skinning, it fits comfortably. When skiing, it sits up on my back and doesn't interfere. Thanks for the great gear and fun days!

November 21, 2022

Can fit everything and more

I just used this bag for the first time this season in the front country. While I was a little worried it might be too large for resort days, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it stayed close to my body. My favorite feature is the fully opening back panel, which is amazing when you are packing or trying to find the granola bar that found its w... Read Moreay to the bottom. My 2 complains are that the helmet holder does not really hold my helmet very tightly, and can easily slide out if I bump into something. Also the side straps have limited synching ability, and are really only best for attaching skis.

November 9, 2022

Best backpack I've had

I've bought this pack three times. I have one dedicated for each activity and it makes it very easy to grab and go. Very heavy duty construction but light to hike and bike with. Also use it for work. Everything fits and is organized for quick access. Very comfortable. Will buy a fourth.

October 14, 2022


I would like to make a suggestion, I love this backpack but I miss a pocked for the first aid stuff.

April 21, 2022

Love your old climbing packs with curved straps

I ended up returning the snow drifter pack. I have 2 other Patagonia climbing packs. A 30L and a 40L. I love them both but would appreciate a few pockets. What I love about the climbing packs is that the straps curve and fit better, they don't rub on my arms as I walk. I love the slim lines. I am a large busted woman. My older Patagonia climbi... Read Moreng packs are the only packs I use for hiking because of the way the straps fit. Loved all the storage in the Ski Tour pack but it has straight straps like most other packs. Worried because you don't seem to making packs with curved straps any more.

Response from Patagonia
April 21, 2022

Hey Debbie, thank you for the feedback. We're not entirely sure what you mean by the curved straps you mentioned, but if we're getting it right we think there might still be a couple options such as this [Black Hole Pack 32L]( If this is not what you mean, feel free to reach out to our customer service team and we'd be happy to go over other options with you.

April 20, 2022

Very nice and versatile! I like how I can also use it for a crag bag.

Very nice and versatile! I like how I can also use it for a crag bag.

March 30, 2022

Almost perfect

This is a great ski bag. Has almost all of the features you would be looking for and the layout is really great. Only things I would change; water bottle pockets, I dont tend to use a water bladder and carrying a water bottle inside the bag is annoying. The front buckles for a vertical snowboard carry or other gear also block you from completely op... Read Moreening the snow safety pouch. You can Unclip them easily to get easier access but I wish the webbing would just be attached outside the zipper instead of in between the two main zippers. The pack is comfortable, durable, and looks great so its definitely my go to ski bag for now.

March 27, 2022

One thing missing

First of all, this pack is simply cavernous. It will fit anything I need for the longest day hiking under any conditions I might encounter. The side straps are well thought out, pockets on the lumbar belt are nice. However, no bottle pocket? Really, Patagonia? ️

Response from Patagonia
March 31, 2022

Hi Tom! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're happy to hear that for the most part your satisfied with the bag. That said, we're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the lack of a water bottle pocket. We rely on feedback like this to improve products for future seasons so we'll share this with our design crew.

March 3, 2022

Really functional & nice visible colorway for safety on uphill resort climbing

lots of pockets and features to store your skinning & mountaineering gear! perfect size...not too small, not too big. Comfortable waist strap and love the little waist strap pocket to store food/snacks while climbing. Perfect!

February 22, 2022

Multifunctional Pack

Great pack for its intended purpose of Ski Touring, but also very multifunctional. I use this pack for climbing days at the crag as well day hikes. It's a great size to carry all of your gear for a day of touring, or even a day pack for hiking or traveling. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. I've been very pleased with... Read More it.

December 6, 2021

Snow Drifter Pack Is Great

Have been using the Snow drifter for my early forays into the backcountry. The pack is easy to use and is easy to get on and off without tweaking your shoulder. Skis and shovel fit perfectly.

November 12, 2021

Steezed out for Backcountry Shralping

super steezy grab, absolutely stoked on all this fluffy POW

November 5, 2021

Great for everyday skiing

I was excited to have one pack that is dedicated just to skiing. It is great to have a seperate compartment for shovel, probe, saw, etc and I absolutely love the top pouches for googles, snacks, skin wax and phone. The access zip against the back is also key. The fit is big on me (I am 5') and with a bit of extra weight (insulated pants and ja... Read Morecket for AK skiing, repair kit, 1 L water, skiis on back) it rides down on my lower back too far. Other than that, a solid backcountry ski pack that is versatile and well designed!

April 25, 2021

Great day pack in the backcountry

This bag works great for backcountry outings. I've had the bag about a month and been up Mt Hood 3 times with it so far. I upgraded to this bag from the osprey kestra. The bags are similar in many ways but the big difference for me was fewer buckles to undo to get into the zippered back panel. (Osprey has now fixed this problem). Pros- The ... Read Morezippered hip pockets are great for easy access to sunscreen and snacks. Good carry system for splitboarders. I can mount the board in the vertical carry which I like for the final push to summits where you don't want to spend your time assembling your board back together on the exposed peak. Nice goggle pocket. A few nice smaller zippered pockets inside organize some small tools and ski straps. The avy tool pocket works great for also carrying small ice tools like my petzl gully. The daisy chain webbing on the shoulder straps works well for mounting different water bottle holders in front like the camp flask holder. The dyanafit bottle holder took a bit of ingenuity to get mounted but that works well with small carabiner. The two main straps on the back are isolated on each side so that even if you unbuckle the strap your poles or skis mounted to the sides remain in place. Cons- I think the avy tool pocket should have a different colored zipper to make it more easily identifiable. The sternum clip lacks a whistle which isn't a problem until you wish you had one there. The helmet carry is a bit loose for my petzl sirocco helmet and will fall out even with the straps all the way down. Probably not a problem for a larger ski helmet. I also find myself wishing the helmet carry could be done on the lid and the back panel like my osprey could do. That way I can use the pack as a seat without crushing my helmet. Overall a good pack.

February 7, 2021

The 30L Snow Drifter pack

The 30L Snow Drifter pack is just the right size for a day out touring in the hills with space for everything I need. The back opening is especially helpful and the hip pockets are a very good size. It's lightweight. The only thing I would change so far is that the goggle pocket could be lined so as not to scratch the lenses.

December 30, 2020

Dream Pack

I have broad shoulders for a female (17" versus 15"). I had tried a few packs and they all gave me shoulder pain - not this one! I'm 5'7" and the S/M sits perfectly on my hips and under my beacon. Patagucci really did make a pocket for everything, the external helmet carry is money, and I'm pretty certain the zippered ... Read Morewaist pockets were hand sewn by sweet baby jesus. You will not regret buying this pack!

December 2, 2020

Diagonal carry?

Nice pack. Low profile when not full but its a black hole, it just swallows gear up! A bit confused on how the diagonal Ski carry works. Can anybody clear that up for me?

November 22, 2020

Factory Defect on bag

Bought this bag because Ill be working at a ski resort all winter and wanted a good bag I could ride with. Theres a defect on the right shoulder strap that causes it to because loose with any force. Not ideal in a bag meant for intense activity. Wore it for one day and got back pain from the uneven weight. Shame because the bag seems quality other ... Read Morethan that

Response from Patagonia
December 23, 2020

Hi Matt, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We're really sorry to hear about the defect you experienced. We'd definitely consider this a warranty issue so you're welcome to return this. We've reach out to you directly for some further assistance on this!

November 8, 2020


Well constructed, built to last, worth the price.

November 7, 2020

Great bag

Great bag. Look forward to many years

January 6, 2020

Building the kit

Just building my backcountry kit. So far, I love the Snowdrifter 30L. Other family members have the same pack and love it. They convinced me and my Husband to purchase ours. Can't wait for more adventures using it.

December 25, 2019

Well thought out pack. Perfect

Well thought out pack. Perfect size for a day trip.

December 20, 2019

The SnowDrifter Is a solid

The SnowDrifter Is a solid backcountry pack with all the necessary features... and it’s made from recycled materials. 👈🏽 I like this a lot.

December 6, 2019

Quality pack

Gets the job done and looks good while doing it.

November 28, 2019

Really well designed features and

Really well designed features and access points. Skis great (close to center of gravity). I hope it lasts a long time because I really like it

November 9, 2019

Finally the perfect day pack

Finally the perfect day pack with a Supporting and usable hip belt and pocket that finally can fit a iPhone. Well done Patagonia

November 1, 2019

Great pack

While I haven't got to use it out in the field yet, there is some much room in the pack. It is designed so well with so many features. Can't wait for some snow to get out there!

October 26, 2019

Awesome bag.

Watch the video on this bag to see all the compartments and functions and ways to use it. Fits all backcountry tools and gear nicely. I am a small woman (5”3) and the s/m fits great. Love how you can access everything in the bag by way of the belly zipper. Colour is nice too. Dark enough where it won’t look dirty super quick, but nice enough to sti... Read Morell have something other than black! This bag is comparable with other bags at mec, I didn’t see a better one.

October 17, 2019

Space Wonder

I bought this backpack and was not sure at first if 30L isn't too much for a one day trip. But this backpack fits well, looks small and still got a lot of room!

September 1, 2019

love it!

first real backcountry backpack. It's light and easy to use with enough pockets and features for what you need but not overwhelming. Definitely would recommend for day trips backcountry skiing, hiking, traveling!

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