• SNOW DRIFTER - 40L, Carbon (CAN)
  • SNOW DRIFTER - 40L, Navy Blue w/Epic Blue (NBEB)
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Patagonia SnowDrifter Pack 40L

$139.00 $199.00
$139.00 $199.00
48200 #48200
  • Carbon
    $139.00 $199.00 CAN
    Carbon (CAN)
  • Navy Blue w/Epic Blue
    $139.00 $199.00 NBEB
    Navy Blue w/Epic Blue (NBEB)
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SNOW DRIFTER - 40L, Carbon (CAN)
SNOW DRIFTER - 40L, Navy Blue w/Epic Blue (NBEB)
SnowDrifter 40L,
SnowDrifter 40L,
SnowDrifter 40L,
SnowDrifter 40L,
40 L (2,440 cu in)
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Classic top loader with removable lid and large opening for main compartment including side access zipper; lid has two stash pockets: one external and one internal.

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With a forecast of 8 to 12 inches of new, a map of the Elk Mountain Range hut system and a loaded SnowDrifter backpack, you’ve opened the doors to some serious shred. Built for multiday and hut-to-hut tours in the backcountry, this roomy, top-loading pack comfortably hauls everything you need to move efficiently through changing landscapes. It has a dedicated compartment for snow safety tools with individual sleeves and pockets for your probe, shovel, snow saw and more. The top-loading design with a lid that opens fully provides easy access to the main compartment and allows you to overstuff the pack, thanks to an adjustable drawcord closure. You can also use a side-panel zipper to access the main compartment so you can get to all your gear without unloading the pack; lid has two stash pockets: one external and one internal. A top pocket secures easily misplaced items and a separate microfleece-lined pocket keeps your goggles handy and protected from sharp edges. The suspension system incorporates a lightweight, removable internal frame to comfortably carry heavy loads, as well as heat-venting, snow-sloughing mesh on the shoulder straps, back panel and padded waist belt for all-day carrying comfort. A stealthy internal thermos pocket keeps your hot beverages within easy reach. Front and side compression straps with locking cam buckles provide numerous carry options for your skis and boards. The top-mounted haul handle is reinforced and sized for gloves. Made from burly 420-denier Cordura® 100% nylon plain weave for puncture and abrasion resistance, with a tough 940-denier Cordura Ballistic 100% nylon base with polyurethane coating. Both fabrics have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
  • Durable Cordura® nylon for puncture and abrasion resistance
  • Classic top loader with removable lid and large opening for main compartment which includes a side access zipper to get to the stuff buried deep in your pack; stash pocket in lid
  • Dedicated front pocket for snow safety tools
  • Adjustable sternum strap; mesh on the shoulder straps, back panel and padded waist belt
  • Multiple carry options for skis or snowboards, all with locking cam buckles
  • Top-mounted, reinforced haul handle with extra-large grab loop
  • Available in two sizes: S/M and L/XL
  • Body: 10-oz 420-denier Cordura® 100% nylon plain weave with polyurethane coating. Base: 9.25-oz 940-denier Cordura Ballistic 100% nylon with polyurethane coating. Both treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 1814 g (64 oz)
  • Made in the Philippines.

Water Resistant

 (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.


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Snow Drifter - 40L is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traveling through national parks I felll in love with this backpack as soon as I started to use it. It's light, yet can carry all that you need. You can even remove the top and use as a fanny pack when doing your shopping for supplies. I traveled for 10 days for hiking and the pack carried all that I needed. The zipper on the side worked well for your water bottle too.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome day touring bag Great bag for day trips, or if you work on your skis, or board. Easy to grab to zippers with gloves on, and get to the compartments. The only downfall of the bag is if you ski in a area with a deep snowpack, then your probe might not fit in the compartment designated for snow safety tools. I use a 320m probe, and have to put it in the main compartment of the bag.
Date published: 2016-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Avalanche proof I wore this 40L pack, for the first time, on a backcountry trip in the Tobacco roots in Montana in late March. We were boot-packing up a couloir when our group set off an avalanche that took us on a 500 foot slide into a rock field. Not sure Patagonia tests for that kind of abuse, but the pack was up for the challenge. (My body not so much.) Skis stayed on the pack, there was no damage to the pack, and it stayed firmly in place during the slide, which I have to believe protected my spine from the rocks. My son's pack - not made by Patagonia - didn't fare so well (he was unscathed thankfully); it ripped open, and some straps and buckles broke. With the avalanche test out of the way, I'm looking forward to seeing what the SnowDrifter can do next more mundane conditions .
Date published: 2016-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome ski touring pack! We used the 40L snow drifter packs for a recent 8 day ski touring traverse of the White Clouds wilderness in Idaho. At 40L for a trip of this length we had to go pretty minimal and weren't sure they would be big enough, but Patagonia has built a SUPER versatile and really well thought out pack that worked perfectly. Tough materials and strong. Great pockets and gear loops. LOVE the ski loop and ice axe pocket. Expands quickly and easily for when you have to quickly stuff a tent or something bulky. The only thing I would change would be to make the snow tools outer pocket a bit larger as it's hard to get your shovel out if there's anything in the bag. A super, super nice pack. I love the Ascension pack, but for a big ski tour, the added durability of the Snow Drifter is perfect.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect I bought this backpack specifically for back country skiing and snowshoeing. It works great, but a couple improvements could be made. The padded hip belts are great, but it would be nice if they had little gear pockets like you'll see on most other daypacks. This does not affect the quality of the pack at all, it's just a little thing I would enjoy. Other than that it's about perfect! It's very comfortable to wear, even with a good amount of weight. It's also very easy to attach skis and snowshoes to the pack. Kind of unrelated, but I'm 6' tall, and have been searching for a pack that is long enough that it doesn't look like a child's pack, and this one is great. It's nice and long, and plenty of room to add anything you could need.
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great as an Ultralight backpacking pack! I wanted a backpack for lightweight hiking and backpacking. After researching various packs (including the Ascensionist 45L) I decided to go with this pack, even though there were no reviews yet. So far I've only used it on a 4 day backpacking trip in the high sierras where the weather was 50-70 degrees. And though I'm sure it's better used in the snow for skiing and snowboarding, if it comes to backpacking, I recommend this one over the ascensionist. The front pocket measures 18in, which was "just" enough space for my tent poles (in case of rain), though just barely. The top portion extends well enough that not only can the volume be greatly extended if need be, but you can also strap the lid over snugly. Pros: removable frame, water bladder pocket, plenty of clips and straps for whatever gear you've got, it's super sturdy yet lighter than anybody else on my trips pack (so I got to show off a bit). Cons: With the frame, full bladder, and gear in the front pocket, the main pocket becomes VERY thin, so bulky items such as a sleeping bag get tight/take up too much space. BUT you can always strap the bag on top with all the available straps and the lid! Overall, if you want a ultralight bag and are deciding between ascensionist and snowdrifter, go with this because it offers more options and can expand well beyond 45L. I'm looking forward to use it in the snow!
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Backpack Used it for travel and hiking so far its great. Can wait to ski with it.
Date published: 2015-08-11
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