Patagonia midsized Descensionist Pack 32L has a lightweight, fully featured design that meets all the needs of backcountry riders out for the day in varied terrain. Durable CORDURA® nylon fabric makes the Descensionist extremely light and supple, but still provides burly puncture and abrasion resistance. The Descensionist has an asymmetrical spindrift collar that opens wide for easy packing and closes with the tug of a drawcord that simultaneously cinches the collar and closes the lid instantly for a secure seal against blowing snow. A handy side-access zipper provides an alternative entry to the main compartment and lets you access your gear quickly, and a zippered top pocket on the lid makes sure your small essentials stay handy. Your shovel and avy tools have their own zip-closing pocket that features internal elastic cording to keep everything organized and allow instant retrieval. The suspension system includes a padded hip-belt with a stretch-woven stash pocket and a removable high-density foam back panel for structure and support with heavy loads. Compression straps make it easy to pack a snowboard or a pair of skis, and two sets of daisy chains provide multiple lashing options. Made from 210-denier CORDURA® 86% nylon/14% polyester with a polyurethane coating. The base is 420-denier CORDURA® 100% nylon plain weave with a polyurethane coating.
Burly Shell Fabric Resists Abrasion
Burly, 420-denier recycled nylon shell resists abrasion and the elements without weighing you down
Harness is Breathable for Long Approaches
Highly breathable harness and back panel made for long approaches
Benefits of Roll-Top Closure
Roll-top closure manages smaller loads and expands to accommodate bigger days
Pocket and Sleeve Details
Snow safety-tool pocket with organization sleeves
Multiple Carry Options
Internal and external ice-tool carry options
Versatile Strap System
Dynamic strap system carries skis and snowboards in an A-frame, vertical or cross position, but is removable to save weight
Keep Essentials Close
Accessory pocket inside the snow safety-tool pocket keeps a ski strap and snow science essentials at hand
Country of Origin
Made in Vietnam.
1,166 g (2 lbs 9.1 oz)
- Body: 5.8-oz 420-denier 100% recycled nylon ripstop
- Lining: 3.3-oz 200-denier 100% recycled polyester
- Body fabric is certified as bluesign® approved
1,040 g (2 lbs 4.7 oz)
S/M: 53 x 27 x 13 cm (21 x 10.5 x 5 in)
L/XL: 58 x 27 x 13 cm (23 x 10.5 x 5 in)
1166 g (2 lbs 9.1 oz)
32 L (1953 cu in)
Technical Packs Size Guide
Size Range S/M
Torso 41-48 cm, Waist 71-91 cm = Torso 16-19 inch, Waist 28-36 inch
Size Range L/XL
Torso 48-56 cm, Waist 81-107 cm = Torso 19-22 inch, Waist 32-42 inch
68% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials. Less than 10% of fibers produced globally are made with recycled materials.
DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. When DWR is used in conjunction with a waterproof/breathable barrier, the DWR finish keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job.
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Inspired by the promise of the untracked, this stealthy pack carries the essentials you need to slip through the gates and find your own rhythm beyond the crowds. Built for quick forays into the sidecountry or backcountry, the SnowDrifter has a close-fitting, slim profile design with a clamshell-style opening that provides fast access to a dedicated compartment for snow safety tools. Sized to carry extra layers, extra calories and other short-tour essentials, it also provides multiple carry options with front compression straps for boards and skis, and side compression straps for skis; all have locking cam buckles. A separate microfleece-lined pocket keeps your goggles handy and protected from sharp edges. The clean suspension system incorporates heat-venting, snow-sloughing Air Flow mesh on the shoulder straps and back panel for all-day carrying comfort; an insulated pocket on the shoulder harness prevents hydration systems from freezing. The top-mounted haul handle is reinforced and sized for gloves. Made from burly 420-denier 100% nylon Cordura® plain weave for puncture- and abrasion-resistance, with a tough 940-denier 100% nylon Cordura Ballistic base with polyurethane coating. Both fabrics have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
Durable Cordura® nylon for puncture- and abrasion-resistance
Long bridge-style opening for quick access to main compartment; separate microfleece-lined goggle compartment
Internal organization for snow safety tools
Insulated pocket on shoulder harness keeps hydration systems from freezing (reservoir not included)
Multiple carry options for skis and snowboards, all with locking cam buckles
Top-mounted reinforced haul handle with extra large grab loop
Body: 10-oz 420-denier 100% nylon Cordura® plain weave with polyurethane coating. Base: 9.25-oz 940-denier 100% nylon Cordura Ballistic with polyurethane coating. Both treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
952 g (33.6 oz)
Made in the Philippines.