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All your fancy backcountry tools won't do you much good without the right pack to carry them. Be prepared for whatever you face outside the resort boundaries with the Dakine Heli Pro DLX Backpack. It's equipped with plenty of specialized pockets and straps to hold your gear and an ergonomic design that won't hold you back when you're shredding down.

The main compartment has a shovel blade sleeve and room for your probe, and loops on the exterior hold your shovel handle so your rescue tools are always easy to access. An insulated hydration pocket keeps your water from freezing, and a fleece-lined goggle pocket protects spare lenses from getting scratched. If you feel like bootpacking, you have the option of vertical or horizontal snowboard carry straps, and retractable cables hold your skis if you're on two planks. A quick-draw ice axe sleeve allows quick access to your axe if you find yourself in a hairy situation, and an integrated rescue whistle on the sternum strap can help you if you really find yourself in a pinch.

  • 600D polyester fabric
  • Vertical and horizontal snowboard carries
  • Retractable cable ski carry
  • Shovel/snow tool pocket
  • Insulated hydration sleeve
  • Quick-draw ice axe sleeve
  • Padded waist belt
  • Sternum strap with integrated rescue whistle
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Great in-the-middle bag

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid bag. I own two of them (got them at deep discounts, thanks to!)

I've used this bag all over the resort and for day tours in the backcountry; I love the feature set (especially goggle pocket) and the on-the-go hydration helps me save a lot of money at the resort by letting me stash snacks, coffee and water. I also keep a GoPro pole and extra batteries.

I wish the load-bearing system was a bit better for both the shoulder straps and the waist; at the end of the day, you definitely feel like you wore a backpack all day versus some other, bigger bags I own with proper load-bearing systems that don't wear me out.

But those are not enough to disqualify this bag for consideration; the horizontal snowboard carry is great in the backcountry if there aren't a lot of obstacles and the pack will hold full ski poles, snowshoes, and gear all the way down your run without being floppy and throwing you off your ride. I was pleasantly surprised how well this worked for shorter day tours. Only thing it's missing is a dedicated avvy-gear pocket; had to store my shovel and probe where I could fit them.

In the end, it's a tough consideration; a backpack for the resort? There are better options. Good for the backcountry? It does well, but it's definitely not a backcountry backpack. It's kind of in the middle; great pack for school/work but doubles as a snowboard backpack.

Great in-the-middle bag

Great versatile pack.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this pack for a few days of resort skiing in Colorado. It carried gopro gear, lunch, water in a hydration pack, and a pair of pakems, all with room to spare. It was comfortable to wear for an 8 hour day of skiing. Kept everything inside dry even after multiple tumbles in deep snow. I hope to use this as a small backcountry pack someday.

I've also used it for hiking and birdwatching. Carried a camera and binoculars. Fits a jacket easily if it get's too warm. Just a quality day pack for all sorts of activities. You won't be disappointed.

Great day-tour backcountry bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put the shovel spade bit in the front pocket thing, poles and shovel handle on various side straps (I still don't know if I'm doing it right, but they don't fall off when I take a dive, so it's probably ok), water bladder thing, probe, spare gloves etc in the main compartment, and there is masses of room left over. Snowshoes also strap to the back as required. I'm not that hardcore so I don't know what else we'd need to take on an average full-day tour. Jet boil? Thermos?

Oh yes and it also looks and feels really good.

Great Pack

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

I have yet to use this pack but I disagree with the review below about it being a side country pack. I can fit more than enough for a full day tour. The padded back is really nice. My only complaint is that that "goggle pocket" is not big enough to fit a pair of goggles. You could still throw them in the main compartment.

Solid resort or "sidecountry" pack

    First, it's ALL backcountry - what I mean by "sidecountry" is this pack is barely big enough for backcountry essentials. This is a pack for doing laps at the local day-trip-pow-stash, but definitely not a pack for a serious day-long excursion. At least if you're me.

    I've been using mine for only in-bounds skiing, for which it is perfect! Puffy, water, snacks, cans of craft beer, spare goggles, music, etc. all fit in the pack with ease and I barely know it's there.

    I've also used it to hike out-of-bounds at some local hills, but I don't think loading it up with emergency provisions, probe, shovel, etc. is what this was built for. OKAY, maybe if you're heli-skiing!

    The only feature lacking that the bigger models have is back-access. I didn't realize how good it is until I lost it when I downgraded from the Pro II.

    Finally, what kind of bottle fits in that deploy-able side-pocket? Not any water bottle I've seen. I found it works best for crushed beer cans, keeping the suds outside!

    Solid resort or "sidecountry" pack

    Dakine Pro DXL 20L backpack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Quality. I am very pleased with this backpack. I would definitely recommend it. Worth the pennies. I got the red one which I wouldn't have normally purchased but so glad I did...

    Does this backpack have a helmet carrier?