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Right at home anywhere from singletrack to ladder drops.

Dakine’s Nomad Hydration Pack is fully stocked with features for trail and freeride mountain biking, and its three-liter bladder keeps you quenched during all-day rides.

  • Air Channel Ventilation helps prevent sweaty-back-syndrome during long climbs
  • Helmet carrier is compatible with full-face or XC designs
  • Armor carry straps let you stash your pads for the ride up, and suit up for the ride down
  • Internal organizer pocket keeps your tools and tubes secure and ready to go
  • Fleece-lined sunglass pocket protects your lenses from scratches and dings

Tech Specs

Reservoir Volume:
3 L
yes, removable
Compression Straps:
Recommended Use:
mountain biking

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5 5

Great pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Plenty of storage space without being too bulky. Love the storage pockets and the waistband. I ended up replacing the bite valve with the larger Hydrapak option for more flow.

Great pack
2 5

Poor full face carry

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

A big selling point for me on this pack was the full face helmet carry. I was pretty bummed when my helmet didn't even come close to fitting in the helmet carry pocket. I guess you are supposed to loop the two compression straps through the part of the helmet that comes in front of your mouth. This is a really poor design for four reasons. One, the clips on the straps are in an awkward spot. It is awkward get your hand inside the helmet and clip the straps. Two, it doesn't carry well. The helmet swings around since nothing secures it at the bottom part of the pack. This sucks if you are traveling any distance. Three, when your helmet is on the pack it is tough to get into the back pocket, and its a pain to take the helmet off with awkward strap set up. Four, when the helmet is attached the semi rigid panel of the helmet pocket gets crumpled up awkwardly in the middle of the helmet and is already getting creased up all weird after one use. Don't buy this if you need a good full face carry.

5 5

This Pack is AWESOME

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought two packs by Dakine , the Nomad and the Drafter Pack 700 cu in.

I wanted a pack that had some space between a larger school backpack and a smaller bag like the Drafter. It needed to be big enough to hike with but small enough to mountain bike with. The drafter just wasn't big enough to really carry anything other than a few bike tools and a snack.

The Nomad has two big pockets which will fit enough for me to take photography gear/video gear up the mountain. As a videographer it is a perfect size and I was really glad the outside strap connected not just to the pocket but to each other which means I can take a Phantom Aerial Quadcopter or even a small tripod up with me with the versatility of the straps. Being able to attach bigger things to the outside was a must and this bag can do that.

The hydration pack fits a ton of water, pockets are big and organizing pockets are awesome inside, the strap are extremely useful, and the pack carry's the weight very well when riding, hiking, etc... I would even take this on airplane trips, looks big enough to fit a 13" Laptop in it.

I'm super picky about my gear and this thing is awesome! I recommend it.

This Pack is AWESOME
Unanswered Question

Anyone know how wide the shoulder straps...

Anyone know how wide the shoulder straps are compared to Apex's? I found Apex to be uncomfortable as the top of the straps cut into the the base of my neck/shoulders. Thanks!

Has anyone been able to compare the Nomad...

Has anyone been able to compare the Nomad to the Osprey Zealot 16 or Raptor 14?

Responded on

I'm looking at the Nomad and Zealot as well, would love to hear someone who's used them.

Best Answer Responded on

I went ahead and bought the Nomad pack based on all of the reviews. I haven't seen that many reviews for the Zealot as of yet. And the Dakine stuff always looks cool.

5 5

Best. Pack. Ever.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an awesome pack. Holds a huge amount of stuff while still maintaining its shape. Other packs I have had in the past (camelbak) would always look and feel awkward when over loaded. When this pack is loaded up it stays very flat on the back and keeps the weight nicely distributed on your back.

The removable hip straps are great, easy to use and the Velcro is secure.

Lots of storage, small pockets, big pockets, mesh inner compartments, fleece lined soft electronics pocket. Great side pockets near both of the hips that fit a spare tube or clif bars nicely.

The bladder is awesome, quick release hose and cool folding/slide top makes filling a snap.

Very comfortable for long or short rides. I've done 8hr rides with this pack and it feels like its not even there! With only bare ecentials in the pack (tube, pump, tool, and a little bit of h2o) the pack is super light and stays really flat on your back.

Taken this pack out for 2-3hr rides in rain and mud and everything stays dry inside.

5 5

Great pack for the great outdoors

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this pack! lots of pockets and compartments to keep all my Mtn bike gear organized. Iv also used it for hiking. holds enough water to keep me a happy camper! I would definitely recommend this to friends and family. I even bought my fiance one!

5 5

Perfect riding pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go-to pack. It has optimal storage for all of the essentials...pump, tools, medical, etc. in the front compartment, as well as spots for your electronics, snacks, maps, etc. The new hydrapack system is very nice to use, both when filling and on the trail. Stability when descending is also very good, but strap in fully before dropping in. Never had a durability issue, even with some nasty wrecks.

5 5

DaKine Nomad Hydration Pack

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this pack for day trips while mountain biking. It has lots of pockets and adjustable straps so it can fit any type of person. It has a solid waist strap that stays put while biking yet allows for lots of movement and standard adjustable shoulder straps. The amount of pockets and nooks in this pack is a bit ridiculous. Personally I like lower profile packs but this one had the best fit. I usually have with me a raincoat, tools, full water bladder, spare tubes and snacks and there is always more room. My only gripe is that my stock bladder leaks when I sit it down so I had to swap it out with a camelbak - now I'm happy.

5 5

A great "go to" pack.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack for almost every ride. Adequate space for first aid kit, a rain layer, extra food, cameras, tools, tubes, pads, etc. I find the small base side pocket with a forward facing zipper is ideal for my multi tool, because you can access it without taking the pack off. The outermost portion is handy for stowing knee pads or your full face if you're on a long climb. I appreciate the full sized bladder. There are two fleece lined pockets- the internal one is handy for my cell phone or GoPro, and I save the larger glasses pocket for the...well, glasses.

I've got a lot of other packs, but I choose this one 98% of the time. (For serious adventures, the Apex may be more appropriate. For my road rides, I go with my Amp.)

A great "go to" pack.
5 5

Awesome bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this bag is perfect, every time i look at it I find more hidden pockets and new buckles. There is a lot of space in this bag.

4 5

Nice bag. Looks bigger in photos.

Bought this bag for dirt biking, not mountain biking, so while it didn't work for me, I am still giving it 4 stars. The pictures make this look almost like a daypack, and since I need room to carry tools, parts, water, food, and layers for longer days (4-6 hours plus), I thought this bag would be great. Unfortunately it is a little small, (it looks in real life the way I think the Drafter looks online) only fitting my tool bag (about the size of a dopp kit), a 3L rain shell and some small stuff, and that was without the bladder filled up, so I am returning it to get the Apex 26L. On the flipside, I think the quality is high and the pockets are pretty well thought out, and the fabrics and zippers seem tough enough for heavy use. Getting to the middle "organizer" pocket (which sits behind the compression straps and outer expanding pocket) is a bit of a hassle, but assuming you're stopped on the trail for a flat, and not in a race, probably not a big deal. I would definitely recommend this to anyone seeking a larger MTB bag, for all-day rides like Porcupine Rim, but more for DH/AM riders than XC riders, as it's pretty burly. The back padding didn't bother me, and I find it a welcome change from standard mesh-over-foam that gets soaked with sweat very quickly. The waist belt is wide and supportive, and the straps aren't overlong (a pet peeve of mine). I didn't use the full-face carrier, but the expanding pocket on the outside would be great for stuffing a shell, assuming you don't care if it gets dirty. I didn't use the bladder, so I can't comment on that. Overall a very nice design; just a little too small for my purposes. Like I said, I will be getting the Apex, if that is a testament to the quality.

3 5

Weird back padding

The layout of this pack is sweet, but it was really uncomfortable to wear. There are 2 stiff pieces of padding going vertically on the back that I could not stand. It isn't something that pokes into you, but they didn't deform enough for my liking. If that doesn't sound like a problem, then this is a great bag.

5 5

Spaceous, comfy, looks cool

Moved from a Camelbak MULE to the Nomad. Holy cow I was missing out. There is so much more room in this thing. Organized pockets for tools and tubes, helmet carrier, pad straps, super comfortable...this thing is a beast.

Cannel Plunge

Breaking in this Dakine bag in the mountains above Kernville, CA

4 5

excellent bag - annoying bladder

The bag itself is GREAT. I bought it to hit Cannel Plunge here in southern california. Knowing it was going to be a 5+ hour ride down a mountain, I needed more space. The bag worked out perfectly for that.

Zero complaints about the bag, it's spacious, comfortable and appropriately utilitarian.

The bladder on the other hand leaks at the mouthpiece. So my left leg is getting dripped on while I ride (and wasting my liquids!). I suspect it's something in the mouthpiece itself since when I drink out of it I'm getting air/bubbles... but I can see the tube and there is no air/bubbles in it. Annoying.

[EDIT] I emailed Dakine customer service about this, and the next day they emailed me back, apologized and mailed me a new bite valve. No questions, no fuss, no charge. That's good service my friends. They're backin their stuff up!

5 5

Perfect Size

Used for trail rides and daily bike commute to work. Great bladder system. Tons of pockets for bike tools, sunglasses, etc.... Packed full of useful features.

5 5

Top Notch for Biking

Dakine really knocked it out of the park on this one. All the pockets and functions are exactly what a mountain biker needs. The bladder/bite valve is good too. Get it.

5 5

Great Pack!

Purchased this bad boy for my trip to Moab.

Dakine did a great job with the bladder. Easy access makes it a cinch to fill without removing. Also has simple disconnects for draining and cleaning.

Plenty of zippered pockets to stay organized. Tons of room for snacks, tools, and of course, water. Glad I had the Nomad on my back as I rode almost 30 miles on Porcupine Rim. It's a comfy pack, even fully loaded.