Dakine Drafter Hydration Review

4.75 out of 5
By 2leftfeet    on Dec 23, 2008

By Corey Maddocks    on Jan 7, 2013

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March 19, 2016
Pros: Good bag cool colors

Cons: None

Recommendation: Not a bad pack to own.

June 2, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Carrys all you need for a 5 hour ride, including 3L of water.

Bladder system has separate access, is easy to clean and no taste.

Cons: I'm a bigger rider (235lbs) and have a broad chest but there are lots of strap left over. Sounds like a positive, but for a guy (or gal) who is closer to 190 there will be lots of dangling straps to contend with.

Recommendation: Buy this, and be prepared to trim the straps once you dial in the fit.

Not needed for sub 3hr rides.

April 27, 2015
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: Well built, ventilation, frame holds shape when packed with gear, comfortable even when packed heavy

Cons: Don't have some of the bells and whistles (a tool organizer would be sweet to have)

Recommendation: Just try this pack on, it's the most comfortable I have ever used. The mesh back keeps your back as sweet free as anything out there.

December 18, 2013
Pros: Fits well.
Very organized interior.
Pump sleeve and two electronics pockets.
Helmet and Pad storage.
Baffle in the water bladder

Cons: Valve has low flow.

Recommendation: This has been a great pack. It is comfortable whether empty or fully loaded. The internal organizing pockets are well thought out, and the bladder design is excellent. There is no plastic taste, but the stock valve is a little weak on flow. I replaced that with an extra camelbak valve I had on hand and it works much better.

December 21, 2008

Pros: Lots of room, pack is very well constructed, Nalgene Bladder has NO TASTE

Cons: Drink tube is just a hair short

Recommendation: This pack took all my stuff and still had room for more. All the pockets are well placed and useful. The straps rock and the materials are top notch.