The Mission Backpack is one of the most popular packs in Dakine’s line up. It is available in several color-ways, and snowboarding pros Eric Jackson and Austin Smith even have their own signature versions. Although designed with the rider in mind, the Mission offers a lot of features off the snow too.
For snowboarders, the Mission features reinforced vertical carry straps, a fleeced lined goggle pocket a padded waist belt and an excellent ergonomic fit. The carry straps are lined with a heavy duty material that will keep the snowboard’s edges from shredding up the backpack. The goggle pocket is padded as well and will keep the goggles protected and dry while hiking or taking the shuttle.
For the extra-long hikes to or from the parking lot, the waist belt helps distribute the weight of gear and cold ones. All these features are brought together with padded straps and mesh to make a very low profile and well-fitting backpack.
When not out on the slopes or hiking the back country, the Mission also has plenty of utility. There is a padded laptop sleeve that will fit up to a 15” laptop, a separate organizer pocket and two additional fleeced lined side pockets to protect the hard earned Rolex. The total storage volume is 25L or 1500 cubic inches, which will fit 3-4 normal sized text books and have room for a binder or two. The Mission is a good choice for the student on the go that doesn’t have to carry a library with him, but wants room for a laptop, some notebooks and a few illustrated novels.
The Mission is available for $70 and the Team Mission is $80. Dakine backpacks come with a lifetime warranty.