After spending a season up in Washington I noticed a majority of locals wearing the same backpack brand. It was always Dakine. Go figure, leave it to a surf company to protect everyone’s gear in one of the snowiest places on earth.
The streamlined designed Dakine Baker Backpack appeals to booth skiers and riders looking for technical features in a low profile pack. Find out how this backpack held up while testing at the Mt. Baker Ski Area and surrounding backcountry.
Dakine Baker 16L Review
It’s amazing how much gear you can fit inside this Dakine Baker 16L pack. Although the backpacks volume is small at 16L or 1000 cu. in. it features 4 zippered pockets that seem to find room for everything you need. The front pouch offers a place to carry avalanche snow safety gear including a dedicated sleeve pocket for a shovel handle, probe and room for your shovel blade.
The main compartment works well for stashing extra food aka lunch, without crushing your sandwich. This are I have found can also be used for riding with light camera gear. There is a small zippered pocket on the outside of the pack that I have filled with first aid gear and random survival stuff that you will hopefully never have to use.
All pockets aside, the best pocket I have found seems to be the goggle pocket located in the upper rear of the backpack. The sneaky pocket can carry an extra pair of goggles or spare lenses and is accessed from just behind the shoulder straps.
Dakine Baker Pro Patrol Video
Skiers will love the Retractable cable ski carry and splitboarders too, especially while boot packing up steep slopes. Snowboarders can use the Vertical snowboard carry however for snowmobiling you’ll want to look at other options like racks from CFR. Best of all I seem to forget I’m wearing the Dakine Baker pack while riding.
The Baker 16L Backpack weights only 1.8 pounds (empty) this allows me to ride naturally without “an angry midget” on my shoulders. In years past my backpack of choice was almost 3x the volume of the Baker pack, that was fine for long journeys but for a day in the mountains or ripping around your local ski resort it does NOT get any better then the Dakine Baker pack.
Hopefully you dug this dakine baker backpack review, honestly the Baker 16L is of the best packs for almost every single us currently on the market. Clearly designed by like minded skiers and riders that understand our needs for the backcountry.