DaKine Poacher Snow Pack


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If you aren’t quite a backcountry snow guide, but you need the performance of a guide pack, the DaKine Poacher Snow Pack has it all. This backcountry pack can carry either skis or a snowboard with the vertical snowboard carry, retractable cable ski carry and dedicated A-frame ski carry options. Don’t stop to get up that ice wall, the quick-draw ice axe sleeves allow quick access when you need to keep moving. The Poacher pack also has another quick-access pocket for your shovel and probe, so no need to take it off in an emergency. With top load and back access entry, you don't have to empty your entire bag to get out your lunch and your water won't freeze in the insulated hydration sleeve.


  • Material: 630D nylon, 1260D ballistic nylon
  • Load compression straps
  • Padded waist belt
  • Pre-curved internal framesheet
  • Vertical snowboard carry
  • Retractable cable ski carry
  • Dedicated A-frame ski carry
  • Top load & back access entry
  • Insulated hydro sleeve
  • Quick access snow tool or shovel pocket
  • Quick draw ice axe sleeve
  • Deployable helmet carry
  • Dimensions: 28 x 11 x 10 in, 71 x 28 x 25 cm
  • Volume: 2746 cu in, 45 liters
  • Weight: 3 lb 7 oz, 1.7 kg

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Review Summary

4.5 out of 5

4 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great value: 1
  • Performance: 1

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5

4 Ratings & Reviews

January 23, 2009

Great Pack, I am a ski patroller and it holds my shovel, probe and all of the other necessary things with ease. It isn't too big or too small so i can fit my lunch and other nice goodies in it. Great Pack

Love this pack
November 28, 2009

I bought the Poacher back in 2001-2002 and its been used and abused! It's still in awesome condition considering how much abuse i've given it. It's been with me everywhere from snowboarding out west, to Africa/Greece/Morocco/Spain and backcountry riding out in the High Peaks of the ADK's in NY. It's showing signs of wear, where the internal braces affix to the inside bottom of the pack, and the top handle stiching came undone but its been that way for years now without breaking. I've also learned this pack doubles as a floatation device, while canyoning in AZ last summer. Can't say enough good things about this pack, lots of hidden pockets and useful features that aren't common even in the high-end multi-day packs. Oh yeah, VERY comfortable too! Good job Dakine!


Very Capable Backpack
March 09, 2010

I love that this backpack can carry a snowboard no problem. I go to Mammoth for weekend trips a lot and this pack fits the bill perfectly for it. The only problem for me is that there are so many compartments and places to put things that I got confused at first. I wish that there was more information in the mini manual or online to explain what everything is for. I guess I'll have to find out along the way. The only gripes I have is that I wish I bought the guide version which is bigger and that there were places to put boots securely somewhere. It's a great pack and I'm totally glad to have it.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from inkom, idaho
35-44 yrs

great back country pack
January 05, 2011

Love the backpack! Two back country ski trips and six snowmobile rides (backpack was ran over once) and no problems. Lots of room for too much stuff, so watch yourself. Would like to see attachment loops in pockets so I don't flip my precious stuff in the snow though. Great purchase!

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value

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