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Dakine Drafter Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated May 12, 2019

4.11
based on 14 reviews


We have checked a few reviews and found 8 reasons to buy the Drafter - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


100% of the reviewers give the Dakine Drafter a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (50%)
Good (50%)
Average (0%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (0%)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Dakine Drafter:

Reviewers like these things about the Dakine Drafter

  • 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.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Dakine Drafter models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight1.3-2.9 oz (0.6-1.3 kg)
Length iconLength18-20 in (46-51 cm)
Width7-9 in (18-23 cm)
Height5-16 in (13-41 cm)


The bag is recommended for these activities:

Cycling
Hiking
Travel
School
Backpacking
Sport



Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Dakine Drafter features:
  • Helmet carry
  • Organizer panel
  • Reflective
  • Sternum strap

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Sunglasses pocket

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Rankings


vs Dakine Bags

The Dakine Drafter ranks #38 compared with the other Dakine bags.

36Dakine Factor
4.12
Dakine Factor
37Dakine Jewel
4.11
Dakine Jewel
38Dakine Drafter
4.11
Dakine Drafter
39Dakine Grom
4.11
Dakine Grom
40Dakine Portal
4.11
Dakine Portal

vs All Bags

The Dakine Drafter ranks #958 compared with all the bags we have checked.

956Osprey Ultralight
4.11
Osprey Ultralight
957Dakine Drafter
4.11
Dakine Drafter
958Dakine Grom
4.11
Dakine Grom
959Mountain Hardwear South Col
4.11
Mountain Hardwear South Col
960Travelers Choice Sedona
4.11
Travelers Choice Sedona



Vs Other Bags


Crowdsourced comparisons of the Dakine Drafter vs 3 other, similar bags.

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Dakine Drafter vs Camelbak MULE


Dakine Drafter
Dakine Drafter

4.11

Based on 14 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.3-2.9 oz
Price: $$


Camelbak MULE
Camelbak MULE

4.25
BEST
Based on 320 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.1 oz
Price: $$

  • The Drafter is rated a little bit worse than the MULE.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 334 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Drafter is 164% heavier than the biggest MULE (2.9 oz vs 1.1 oz).

FeatureDrafterMULE
Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Organizer panel
Raincover included
Reflective
Sternum strap
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the MULE is available in these colors:
Red
Orange

The Drafter stands in contrast to the MULE in its tactical utility. You can use the Dakine Drafter for emergencies because it comes equipped with key assets such as compartments for flashlights and emergency kits.

The MULE certainly has plenty of space for storing things and durability, but it isn't for emergency purposes. The MULE is for carrying luggage or camping trips.

Buy the MULE for those times when you need to bring stuff with you, but remember the Drafter for more serious times.


Dakine Drafter vs Dakine AMP


Dakine Drafter
Dakine Drafter

4.11

Based on 14 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.3-2.9 oz
Price: $$


Dakine AMP
Dakine AMP

4.14
BEST
Based on 14 reviews

Capacity:
Weight: 1.5-2.35 oz
Price:

  • The Drafter is rated about the same as the AMP.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 28 reviews of the two bags.
  • The weight of the biggest Drafter is 23% heavier than the biggest AMP (2.9 oz vs 2.35 oz).

FeatureDrafterAMP
Helmet carry
Hydration compatible
Organizer panel
Reflective
Sternum strap
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:
Black
Blue

Only the AMP is available in these colors:
Red




Dakine Drafter vs Dakine Nomad


Dakine Drafter
Dakine Drafter

4.11
BEST
Based on 14 reviews
Capacity:
Weight: 1.3-2.9 oz
Price: $$


Dakine Nomad
Dakine Nomad

3.34

Based on 5 reviews

Capacity:
Weight:
Price: $

  • The Drafter is rated better than the Nomad.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 19 reviews of the two bags.

Both bags are available in these colors:
Blue

Only the Drafter is available in these colors:
Black







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

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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Last updated on May 12, 2019