Patagonia Descensionist 32L Pack Review

Splitboarder Touring

The Patagonia Descensionist Pack is a great way to store all your gear while recreating in the backcountry.  Whatever you do though, don’t let the look of the material fool you the Patagonia Descensionist Pack is durable enough to handle whatever you throw at it.

Patagonia Descensionist Backpack Review

Splitboard Backpack

Starting with the material, the Patagonia Descensionist Backpack is built tough as nails 210-denier CORDURA nylon throughout the pack and 420-denier on the base.  What do all these fancy numbers equal? Lots of durability without the bulk one would expect from packs and materials of years past.

The Patagonia Descensionist Pack comes in 2 sizes, S/M and M/L available in both 32L and 40L sizes What’s great about the design of this backpack is it’s lightweight feel when worn.

Wetsuit-like foam in the hips and waistband allows this backpack to form fit against your body. It’s designed so well, that you’ll most likely forget you even have it on.

Poles easily attach to the side of the pack and if you need to go in

Patagonia Descensionist Pack Storage

The roll-top design which is popular in backpacking packs works well on the Descensionist Backpack allowing fast access to the main storage compartment.  Once synched down a burly buckle locks the top section into place, it’s super fun just hooking the thing up.

Skins inside Backpack for Splitboarding

There is also additional side zippered access to the main part of the pack which works to easily store skins, goggles, and things that will be routinely going in and out of your backpack throughout your day touring.

Traditional avalanche snow safety gear has a dedicated home in this pack with storage space for a shovel blade, handle, probe, and even room for a snow saw and most additional tools you might need.

The top of the Patagonia Descensionist Pack has a 2-way zippered pocket that opens both directions. This is a nice feature that helps to stop you from dumping your gear all over the place.

Overall Impression

Teton Pass Splitfest

The Patagonia Descensionist Pack is currently available in 32L ($179.00).  The 40L version looks to be sold out at this time.  I get to test a lot of gear throughout the year and the Patagonia Descensionist Pack is the one that seems to come with me on all my splitboard trips as of late.

The only downside to this backpack is there is no way to vertically carry a snowboard.  So keep that in mind if you’re going to be bootpacking.

Patagonia offers a lifetime warranty on their gear, what are you waiting for?  This backpack is one you’re going to love.

3.5
Patagonia Descensionist 32L Backpack
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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

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