Dakine Drafter 18L Review, Pros and Cons

Dakine Drafter 18L is rated 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Feature Summary

DAKINE Drafter 18L Bike Hydration Backpack
  • 3L / 100oz Hydrapak lumbar reservoir w/ quick disconnect
  • High-flow Blaster bite valve w/shut-off
  • Air Suspension backpanel
  • DK Impact CE-certified Spine protector compatible (not included)
  • Breathable ergonomic shoulder straps

Reviews Summary

Here’s what the reviewers think about the Dakine Drafter 18L:

Reviewers like these things about the Dakine Drafter 18L

  • Most users said that it is a great option for commuting, mountain biking, or hiking.
  • Many other users said that this pack is lightweight, comfortable.
  • Buyers said that this pack has a great design.
  • Reviewers who used this pack said that it has comfortable straps and hip belt.
  • Many other reviewers said that it has great storage organization for all your biking bits or hiking gear and room for snacks.
  • One great feature praised by many users is that it has straps on the bottom.
  • Another great feature mentioned by many users is that the screen on the back of the pack really does help keep the air flowing.
  • Most reviewers said that this bag is a perfect size and has lots of space.

Reviewers don’t like these things

  • One user complained that the water bladder needs to be cleaned several times before use because of the bitter plastic taste it left in the water.
  • Another user complained that the back of the pack is rigid.

Selected Reviews

Mtn Weekly

This backpack is designed for rides in the 1 hour plus range. Sure you can use it for a quick lap but with all the features, pockets and hydration capacity the Dakine Drafter 18L MTB will excel in rides up to a half day or longer.

Posted 26 August 2017 by Mike Hardaker – Read full review

Mtn Weekly

It’s truly impressive as to just how much gear the Dakine Drafter backpack can store. We have a saying here in the Tetons, the bigger your pack, the more gear you will inevitably bring with you. When it comes to long MTB rides, being a little extra prepared, pampered and cozy isn’t ever a bad thing.

Posted 26 August 2017 by Mike Hardaker – Read full review

Bike Radar

Dakine’s Drafter is a sturdy mid-sized bag chock full of interesting features. Between the fit, the storage and the clever features like the magnetic hose clip, the Drafter is an awesome choice when you’re headed out for a day on the trail.

Posted 26 April 2016 by Colin Levitch – Read full review

Bike Radar

The styling is casual rather than race-ready, making it a versatile bag that you could happily use off the bike too.

Posted 13 November 2007 by What Mountain Bike – Read full review

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