Dakine’s Heli Pro 20L Backpack is a chameleon, shapeshifting between a backcountry safety-kit carryall and your Microbiology 101 ego bruiser. If you’re aiming to snag some freshies, the Heli Pro enables you to go the distance with its ski and board carry compatibility, hydration sleeve, and 20L main compartment. When it’s time to switch gears, the Heli Pro morphs into a convenient daypack, fully dressed with a non-padded laptop sleeve and enough space to comfortably haul all your study guides for the day. Whatever the adventure may be, let the Heli Pro lead the way.
- 1200 cu in.
- 600D polyester material
- Rescue whistle sternum strap
- Fleece lined goggle pocket
- Item #DAK00K1
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Bought this as a gift for my brother. He loves this bag but his old one was stolen.
One of the best packs I've owned
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love my Heli Pro back pack. I rock it to work, and then hop on the mountain bike for my ride home after with all my mtb gear. I then load it up with all my ski gear for the weekend. This pack works for everything that I do. If you want to see the pack in action, you can see some pretty good shots of my rocking in on my Soul id profile. https://soulid.me/bensampson/photos#theatre/1/a538b0e4b50ac1a37840d3241f11981e
Awesome pack for the price!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this pack with the intention of using it everyday for work and also for hitch hiking to the Bird. I frequently hitch or ride the ski bus for skiing. I used to carry my 38L backcountry ski bag, but always hated having to ski resort laps in it. This gives me enough room to carry the essentials for a day on my back, but isn't bulky enough for me to over-pack like my other bag
The bag is made with durable outer materials. It has a large pocket with a laptop/hydration sleeve. The smaller pocket for avy tools probably would not fit my large Voile shovel blade, but since I didn't buy it for backcountry that is not a large concern for me. The goggle pocket can be used for many things, including goggles, and I like that feature. The straps don't feel welded on, but they hold up nicely so far even with my ski boots strapped to the outside. The adjustment straps are plenty and allow you to customize your fit.
As a side/backcountry bag, this wouldn't be my first choice. There are better options, but this one would work if money is your biggest concern. It has the features you need and will keep your wallet from crying.
Not a very good pack for Avy Tools
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
No sleeve for probe, handle only fits on outside. The only place your tools fit is in the main compartment so you will get additional layers and other items wet with snow covered tools being stored in same place. You have to open the main compartment that is under a few straps for critical tools, and undo strap on outside to get shovel handle which will slow you down when seconds count.
I'm returning this for a pack that has a front pocket that will hold my shovel (both parts) and my probe for easy access and still has a main compartment for other items that I need and want to keep dry. I'm looking at the Black Diamond and Patagonia bag.
I got this backpack just for everyday use about 3 weeks ago and I have been very happy with it. It has a lot of pockets that are various sizes for different objects. When I am looking for a backpack that is one of the things I look for, pockets that very in sizes and have several different purposes. I have brought it on a hike and it has a very nice waist strap that takes the pressure off your lower back. Very comfy backpack and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an upgrade. It is also nice that is comes in so many cool colors to choose from.