Dakine Poacher RAS 46
- Full back panel access
- Easy drawstring closure
- Compatible with Mammut airbag systems
- Airbag compatibility adds weight
- Diagonal ski carry utilizes same strap as ice axe carry
- Attached lid prevents adjustability
The Poacher RAS 46 is an updated version of Dakine’s older Poacher 45 with the added benefit of airbag system compatibility, allowing for seasonal versatility. Full back panel access, a side water bottle pocket, and durable straps and materials are the other selling points of this pack. But some dual use efficiencies are a bit too much.
The Poacher RAS 46 has thick padded shoulder straps and a supportive back panel. Its carrying stability was more than adequate when skiing down a steep face carrying a full load.
The Poacher RAS 46 features both A-frame and diagonal carry options and a vertical snowboard carry. The diagonal ski option utilizes the same gear strap as the ice tool carry, so carrying a tool with skis attached in this fashion was cumbersome.
Aside from the ability to add and remove an airbag system to the pack, the Poacher RAS 46 features a standard avy gear pocket and large body pocket, which can be accessed via a top draw string opening or the back panel. A helmet carry system, side water bottle pocket, and insulated hydration sleeve round out the feature set.
Ease of Use
The Poacher RAS 46 is intuitive and easy to use. With a full back panel retrieving gear could not be easier regardless of ski carry method.
Thick, durable straps, buckles, and fabric ensure the Poacher RAS 46 will stand up to years of abuse.
How We Tested It
The packs in this test were used on multiple long day trips and overnight trips throughout the Colorado Rockies, including in Rocky Mountain National Park, Yankee Boy Basin near Ouray, Mt. Sneffels, “Peak N” in the Gore Range, and Savage Peak in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our Best Insulated Ski Jackets of 2017 and Best Ski Shells of 2017, along with our ski helmet tests, ski goggle tests, and other related snowsports gear tests.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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- Type of Backpack: Overnight Pack
- Volume (unverified): 46 liters
- Ski/Snowboard compatible?: Both
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