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Get in the chopper.

With just enough room for a compressible warm layer and some extra calories, the DAKINE Heli Winter Backpack is an essentials-only bag that's ready to tote your minimalist kit. Because it's designed to carry either skis or a snowboard, you can choose your preferred method of descent depending on the day and snow conditions.

  • Vertical snowboard carry and diagonal cable ski carry tote your ride while you hike (that is, on those days when your helicopter is grounded)
  • An external shovel pocket keeps your avy gear handy
  • Insulated H20 sleeve helps prevent your nourishing fluids from freezing
  • Fleece-lined pocket lets you stash your goggles when not in use

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5 5

Heli Backpack....Awesome

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

Bought this bag mostly for skiing ended up using it year round. Plenty of room for an extra layer, food and hydration pack while skiing. The goggle pocket is also good for keys or phone while hiking. Fits nicely with padded waist strap and upper chest strap. Bag got a fair share of abuse last year and didn't miss a beat, definitely built to last.

Heli Backpack....Awesome
5 5

A Keeper

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was reluctant to keep the Heli Winter Backpack 660 when it first arrived. It seemed so small, it had this weird flap on the back panel, and the length, size, and number of straps seemed like overkill.

But in time, I grew to love those very features:
-The low-profile size is perfect for day hikes, bicycle commuting, travel carry-on, and (I expect) skiing.
-The external flap on the back panel adds tremendous versatility and capacity to the pack. I have stashed an extra jacket, French baguettes, and even flowers for the Mrs. in it.
-The straps, buckles, and zippers are all of high quality and seem durable and well made. They are long enough for all body types and all ranges of clothing layers.

The overall quality of construction and its appearance are excellent. So glad I didn't send it back!

5 5

SICK

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

This backpack is pretty freaking sweet. I ski and was able to sling my skis through the diagonal holder for them as well as fit my ski boots in the front 'Shovel / wet' pouch. With both of those things on it's pretty tight and you can't fit much else in the backpack so I would probably don't get this for that specific reason and expect to fit more inside of it.

This would be a great afternoon bowl or top-mountain pack. just enough room to fit maybe 4 waters or a hydration pack a few sandwhiches and maybe some pb crackers or something haha.

Overall impressions: Small backpack but fits my needs for afternoon bowl hikes of about 2 miles (to carry my skis and maybe helmet), a lunch for 2 or 3 people, and then back down to hit a few runs on a face.

Does exactly what it needs to and you can get creative with some of the features.

SICK
5 5

Great inbounds/sidecountry pack

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

This is an awesome pack if you're gonna be doing some bootpacking inbounds, or stepping out into the sidecountry. It's got enough room for avy gear, extra mittens and maybe a backup coat and a snack - it's not huge, and it's probably not good for full-day tours.

The ski carrying system is similar to what BD uses on some of their packs - a steel cable loop that comes out of the bottom of the pack. Stick your skis through it, then clip them across the top. They end up a little bit diagonal in the right-leg-to-left-shoulder direction, which is pretty comfortable.

Straps could be a little comfier, but they're not too bad. I bring this everywhere I ski in bounds.

Boots on pack

Boots on pack

Here are the boots on the pack
BTW my boots are size 30 (men's 12)

5 5

Awesome "swiss army knife" Backpack

Wow! Something this small does SO much. Carrys, skis or snowboard, goggles, gloves, food and expandable.

One thing NOT noted about this pack that I discovered... CARRY YOUR BOOTS!!! Open the outer layer and your boots can strap in, toes pointing out to your side. I was in Montana and had multiple people ask me about the pack because they never saw boots carried like that. I think I may have discovered this but Dakine should market it that way. The BEST small, do it all pack I have used... hands down.

I just posted an image to show how

Awesome "swiss army knife" Backpack
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Can you post a pic of how you do this? It would be awesome if this pack can do this!

5 5

i was stoked

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this backpack is awesome with the low price and the high durability this thing is awesome the ski carry system works great and makes hikes a lot easier than carrying my skis I've had numerous dakines and this is my favorite by far i would by anther and the price underpriced this thing should be worth a lot more thank it is thanks backcountry for the fast shipping too!

5 5

amazing! love it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

this is an amazing bag, great for holding your board or skis while you are look for the perfect spot to shred. it also hold skis which is really convenient if you ski and snowboard so you don't have to buy two bags , also very stylish. it is amazing!

5 5

Just what i was looking for

This pack is really sleek if you are looking for something that inst going to be bulky in the least bit than this is the bag for you. This bag has a nice width and is fairly tall, i mostly use it for my laptop which is like a 17" it would also be great for like schools books and that kind of stuff. The bags smaller front pocket also goes really deep, im able to fit my big charger and a mouse in there with no problem.

5 5

Now all I need is the Helicopter!

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

So the Dakine product designers were sitting around one day, and said "Hey! You know what? We have totally neglected the Heli-skiers!" Okay. I will probably never use this pack to carry skis. BUT, I can carry a tablet computer, passport, snacks, water, hat, gloves, keys, documents, etc. etc. etc hands free! I plan to use it as an urban pack, somewhere between a fanny pack and a huge nerdy pack which looks dumb in town. It's so flat I can sit or even drive wearing it. I won't need the waist belt, but it folds up nicely, or I may even cut it off eventually. We all know there are hundreds of packs out there and it's hard for manufacturers to target every possible application, but I'm glad I found this (on sale!) for my purpose. And of course if I ever need to use my shovel in Starbucks, I'm totally covered!

4 5

For Skiers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag and put it through hell last season. It stood up to everything I threw at it and is a tough bag. Being a snowboarder I was a little bit disappointed with this bag. Although the strap system does accommodate a snowboard, it's not ideal. However I have put my split in the ski straps and it fits fantastically. Beyond that, the bag is comfortable and has all the proper storage for a good day in the back country. Keep in mind that this bag is quite small so if your day trip includes a lot of water, lunch and some extra gear buy a bigger bag. This bag is intended for side country off the hill or a situation which you don't need all your gear in one place (Camp or heli situations). The photo below is of me. I'm 5'11" so you can get a sense of the size.

I want to be able to use this backpack to...

I want to be able to use this backpack to carry my MacBook Pro w/ Retina. The case I use to carry it in measures 15.25" X 11" X 1". Do you think it would fit?

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Dakine lists the dimensions as 20 x 10 x 3. Not quite wide enough.

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Hey Sean, yes your MacBook will fit. My HP, which actually measures 11.25" x 15" x 1", fits comfortably. The dimensions listed by Dakine at 10" are the actual back piece but the storage is wider. Here is a photo of mine with my laptop in it. Fits like a glove. Pick one up, it's a great pack!

Hey Sean, yes your MacBook will fit. My HP, which actually measures 11.25" x 15" x 1", fits comfortably. The dimensions listed by Dakine at 10" are the actual back piece but the storage is wider. Here is a photo of mine with my laptop in it. Fits like a glove. Pick one up, it's a great pack!

Hi there, so I just wanted to be certain...

Hi there, so I just wanted to be certain that this backpack has a water bottle sleeve?

Responded on

This does not have a sleeve designed to hold a bottle, but that doesn't mean you can't stuff a Nalgene into a pocket. This does however have a sleeve for a hydration bladder, something similar to the CamelBak Antiodote Reservoir (CAM0430)

Responded on

Measured the hydration sleeve today. It's 13 inch deep so a 70oz Camelbak fits good. If you use 100oz, works good by hooking it to loop inside the top of main pocket.

is it possible to carry the poles in this...

is it possible to carry the poles in this bag?

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Ignat,

What kind of poles? I assume you mean collapsible? If you can do it in less than 20" (50cm), then yes. If not, then you can always lash them under the side compression straps. This is a pretty small pack, 20x10x3" (50x25x8cm) so if you plan on adding a water reservoir, you're going to be pressed for getting too much gear in it.

5 5

Awesome pack

Don't be fooled by the size of this thing, it carries my huge BCA Chugach pro shovel, screwdriver, extra goggles, hat, extra gloves , 2l of water,lunch, and still has room to strap on the skis for a bootpack. I was skeptical of this pack at first, but it turned out to be perfect for resort as well as backcountry skiing. I dont think I'd want a pack this small for serious backcountry skiing, but for a day out in the backcountry by the resort, or sidecountry skiing, this is the pack for you.

which size of the CamelBak Antiodote...

which size of the CamelBak Antiodote Reservoir would best fit in this pack?

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I use a 2l in mine and it works great, but you could use a 3l for sure.

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Measured the hydration sleeve today. It's 13 inch deep so a 70oz Camelbak fits good. If you use 100oz, works good by hooking it to loop inside the top of main pocket.

4 5

Does the Job.

  • Gender: Male

This pack does everything it says it does. Just like the other reviews say, it'll hold a shovel, probe, food and maybe a light weight jacket. I use mine at the resort with a water bladder to stay hydrated.

4 5

Good Sidecountry Pack

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

I know it's not ideal, but I don't like carrying more than I need necessarily. I got this pack over the Heli Pro Dlx as I wasn't looking for all the bells and whistles I knew I wouldn't need. While I miss the dedicated packets and features for my BC gear, I really like the smaller size of this pack and that it fits essentials well. I can fit my shovel, probe, food, and a couple thin layers in the pack without getting too limited on space.

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Can you carry skis on the pack when carrying a shovel in the external pocket?