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Dakine Poacher Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 5 reviews

We have checked a few reviews and found 12 reasons to buy the Poacher - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

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

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Reviews Summary

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

Reviewers like these things about the Dakine Poacher

  • A lot of users have mentioned that the Dakine Poacher backpack can be used for backcountry skiing, hiking, and travel.
  • Others thought that it the pack is durable due to its hollow point nylon material.
  • Several reviewers thought that the main compartment could be accessed through its zippered back panel.
  • Users found it comfortable to use even with heavy loads.
  • According to some users, its loops and daisy secure gears such as snowboard and A-frame ski in place.
  • A user mentioned that it has excellent load stability.
  • Another reviewer thought that it has sufficient pockets which provide make it easy to organize things such as snow tools.
  • Testers found that the bag is large enough to carry a heavy load.
  • Other testers noted that it is lightweight.
  • Many wrote that it is comfortable to carry the bag due to its padded and breathable back panel.
  • They also said that it has a fleece-lined pocket dedicated to goggles.
  • Others mentioned that the backpack has a rescue whistle on its sternum strap for emergencies.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the bag does not accommodate an avalanche airbag.
  • Another user found that its zippers were not substantial enough.


Crowdsourced specs across all Dakine Poacher models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity26-36 l (1587-2197 cuin)
Weight iconWeight2.5-3.8 oz (1.1-1.7 kg)
Length iconLength22-28 in (56-71 cm)
Width12-16 in (30-41 cm)
Height8-11 in (20-28 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

Dakine Poacher 45

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Weight iconWeight3.8 oz (1.7 kg)
Length iconLength28 in (71 cm)
Width12 in (30 cm)
Height11 in (28 cm)

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Dakine Poacher features:
  • Snowboard carry
  • Ski carry
  • Insulated
  • Helmet carry
  • Sunglasses pocket
  • Shovel pocket

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Hydration compatible
  • Sternum strap

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

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

2626 l2.5 oz0.1 oz/L
3636 l2.6 oz0.07 oz/L
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Dakine Poacher
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Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Dakine Poacher vs the Dakine Heli.

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Dakine Poacher vs Dakine Heli

Dakine Poacher
Dakine Poacher


Based on 5 reviews
Capacity: 26-36 l
Weight: 2.5-3.8 oz
Price: $$$

Dakine Heli
Dakine Heli

Based on 524 reviews

Capacity: 20-24 l
Weight: 1.8-2.5 oz
Price: $$

  • The Poacher is rated quite a lot worse than the Heli.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 529 reviews of the two bags.
  • The biggest Poacher is 50% bigger than the biggest Heli (36 L vs 24 L).
  • The weight of the biggest Poacher is 52% heavier than the biggest Heli (3.8 oz vs 2.5 oz).

Compression straps
Helmet carry
Hip belt
Hydration compatible
Laptop compartment
Organizer panel
Shovel pocket
Ski carry
Snowboard carry
Sternum strap
Sunglasses pocket

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Heli is available in these colors:

Selected Reviews

Mtn Weekly

This backpack is just about perfect, that being said it’s my favorite backpack from Dakine that’s designed specifically for skiing and riding. I have hiked over 2,000 feet while wearing this backpack and toured for days on end.

Posted 13 February 2017 by Mike Hardaker - Read full review

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Last updated on July 03, 2019