Dakine Seeker 15L hydration pack review

Built for backcountry epics, enduro racing, and bad weather

Hydration
Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

The added back protection meant a little more confidence when dropping in… Photo by Otto Maddox

What is it

Dakine’s Seeker 15-liter hydration pack with included 2-liter reservoir and removable spine protector is built for all manner of mountain bike adventures. Ample cargo space, durable polyurethane-coated 200D Nylon Ripstop fabric, and a near-waterproof construction and closures make it a viable companion for true backcountry adventures. The removable back pad and easy-to-use helmet and armor carrying system give it true enduro racing potential. Either way a host of interior and exterior pockets (including one that’s fleece lined) allow the rider to carry all the gear they need and keep it organized.

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

It’s a great looking pack, though just a tad on the tall and heavy side.

Pros
  • Highly durable
  • 200D Nylon Ripstop with weather resistant coating
  • Quick disconnect water reservoir
  • Breathable mesh back panel
  • Breathable ergonomic shoulder straps
  • Removable spine protector included
  • Roll top design keeps water out
  • Deployable helmet/armor carrying system
  • Multiple pockets to stay organized
  • Fleece lined valuables pocket
  • Magnetic hydration hose clip
  • 2-liter reservoir included
  • Looks good
  • Water weight kept low on body
  • Material cleans easily
Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

Lots of pockets and sleeves help keep things organized.

Cons
  • On heavy side for pack of this size
  • No easy-to-access waist pockets
  • 2 liters not enough for longer rides
  • Height of pack an issue on bikes with no dropper
  • Thin waist strap can pinch
Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

The chest and waist straps keep things in place.

Mtbr’s Take

Riding bikes and product testing often go hand in hand here at Mtbr. And that means taking pictures, too. But when it comes to carrying a camera out on the trail, all hydration packs are not created equal. Sure most have enough room for a small mirrorless set-up like the one I use. But not all can be trusted to keep water out if a squall rolls through. But thanks to a water-resistant coating and roll top design borrowed from the white water boating world, Dakin’s Seeker 15L inspires total confidence. No matter how hard it pours, your gear will not get wet. That’s critical peace of mind when you’re deep in the backcountry and might need those extra dry layers.

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

The Seeker also comes stock with a removable DK impact CE-certified spine protector. When installed it adds 300 grams to the already hefty 1340-gram pack weight.

The Seeker also comes stock with a removable DK impact CE-certified spine protector. When installed it adds 300 grams to the already hefty 1340-gram pack weight. But no one will ever call this a XC-oriented gear carrier, so who really cares. That extra heft also translates into a pack that’s truly built to take a beating, and not come apart at the seams. (And yes I put that concept to test via a handful of unscheduled get-offs.)

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

The mesh back panel helps alleviate sweaty back syndrome.

Venting on the shoulder straps and back panel is well-designed, and the 2-liter rectangular-shaped reservoir sits low, which helps keep overall center of gravity low, too. It’s also easy to stay organized via a handful of gear sleeves and zippered stash pockets, including one that’s fleece lined to keep your smartphone and sunglasses safe.

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

Back of head bonk was an occasional problem. Photo by Otto Maddox

My biggest complaint with this pack is its height, which is roughly 20 inches top to bottom, or about two inches taller than the Platypus Duthie AM 10.0 hydration pack Mtbr reviewed in November 2015. Those extra inches make the pack more prone to whacking the back of your head on steep descents, especially if you happen to be riding a bike without a dropper post (which hopefully doesn’t happen often).

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

The water resistant material, roll top closure and seam sealed zippers keep Mother Nature out.

I also wish it had waist pockets, which can provide a great stash spot for snacks on the go. As it is, you have to at least unclip the waist and chest straps in order to dig into the small side pocket on the pack’s lower right side.

Dakine Seeker 15L Hydration Pack Review

Carrying a helmet (or removable chinbar) and pads is easy.

But these are small niggles. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a durable hydration pack with loads of functionality the Dakine Seeker 15L should be on your short list.

Rating: 4 out of 5 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $225 (currently on sale for $158)
More Info: www.dakine.com and check out this PR video from Dakine.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • OK says:

    Osprey Raptor – the best! End of discussion!

  • Eric says:

    Completely agree: Osprey Raptor!

  • Dee says:

    I love how every post leads to the Osprey Raptor. I agree, the Osprey has been my favorite pack in terms of comfort…. But with zero waterproofing features, it’s a pain having to carry my phone and pager in a ziploc bag. When I went to Ireland recently, there was quite a bigger selection of waterproof biking and hiking gear.

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