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Heli Pro DLX or Pro II?

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

I was trying to decide between this and the Pro II Backpack. The tag on the Pro II showed that it has the horizontal snowboard carry. The tag lies. The Heli Pro DLX has the horizontal and vertical carry.

The Pro II has a back entry area that to get into the main compartment. The top zipper doesn't open very wide and is quite annoying. It is even more annoying if you have a hydration bladder in there because the hose will be in the way. The other pocket is nice though because it has a holder for your shovel handle and your probe to keep them organized and the shovel blade fits in there too!

I like the Heli Pro DLX better because it has the vertical and horizontal snowboard carry option. The top zipper opens as far as a normal backpack does, and has a deployable drink holder on the side. It isn't as organized with the shovel and probe holders as the Pro II, but the other features make it ok.

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Not sure I'm following you here - don't both the Pro II and the Heli Pro DLX have vertical and horizontal carry? They have the same mounting system...?

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No. That is what I thought too when I bought the Pro II, and the hang tag on the Pro II is also misleading because it shows that the Pro II can carry horizontally, but it can only carry vertically.