Dakine Girls Drafter Review
Volume: 700 cu. in. [ 12L ]
Size: 18 x 7.5 x 5" [ 46 x 19 x 13cm ]
100 oz. / 3L Shape-loc hydration reservoir
Light, comfortable, slim and sleek are a few ways to describe the Dakine Girls Drafter bike pack, to be released summer 2012. From helmet storage to hydration installation, the Drafter allows quick access to all parts of the pack. Upon unzipping the large compartment, the bag entirely lays flat like a travel suitcase to get to all gear in case of a flat tire, or that search for the last snacky cake hidden deep with in.
The design of the pack is simple but offers many options to store and organize items. Starting at the front outer flap, a convenient helmet pouch can be found with clips on either side to tighten down the flap. This outer compartment serves well to carry any wet items or an extra jacket. Above the helmet pouch is a fleece lined zipper, great for storing sunglasses, cell phone, or a camera. On the inside, you'll find a padded MP3 Velcro pocket and four mesh zip pockets which all expand enough to fit an inner tube. This is the part that lays completely flat, in case you have to fix a flat.
This pack itself is a 12L with a 100oz hydration reservoir. Made out of strong 600D polyester material, the pack features a contoured harness which is specifically designed to fit a woman's figure and the molded back panel has great ventilation to help keep sweat build up at bay. Designed with cycling in mind Dakine took special care with the strap system to work well with a woman's body as well as keep the pack from traveling too much when aggressively riding. Other cool features are the safety whistle on the chest strap, what I call a "used gu" plastic lined pocket, a fully removable waist belt and hide-away carry straps under the pack.
This pack is a must have on my rides now. It is literally so comfortable and lightweight that I can't even tell it's there...but once I need something in it, I sure am glad it is there!