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Instead of waiting in crowded lift lines filled with gapers when there's fresh powder to shred, load up the Dakine Women's Heli Pro DLX Backpack and earn your turns in the backcountry. It's equipped with plenty of specialized pockets and straps to hold your gear, and it has a contoured harness designed specifically to fit a lady's frame so you can carry your gear comfortably.

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 carry
  • 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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So far, So good!

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

I just bought this pack, and living in Tahoe...obviously haven't had a chance to use it in the snow yet. But I can't wait to! I took it on a short hike for the first time up in the Snoqualmie national forest in Washington last week to test it out a bit. The fit was great! I can be picky about my waist straps and I love how wide these ones are, similar to my backpacking pack, so I really feel the support and not like the straps are cutting into my hips. I do wish there were some compression straps on the shoulders but it still felt great throughout the hike. I love the insulated sleeve for the water reservoir. I have a 3L osprey hydraulics reservoir, so it's quite large for the pack, but I was still able to fit it in there. I will probably buy a different bladder for this pack eventually that has a little more flexibility. I'm very happy with this pack so far and I'm excited to use it on some backcountry adventures! Praying for snow so I can give an update :)

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried a bunch of different packs over the years for backcountry skiing, and size wise, this pack has always been my go to, I've had 3 of these now over 15 years, not because they wear out of course, but because they're awesome! The right size, right amount of features as far as , shovel pocket for the blade, side sleeve for the handle, sleeve for a probe , a goggle pocket, a compartment large enough for another layer, snacks , hydration's perfect.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This backpack is totally bitchin... I mainly use it for snowboarding and traveling. I love snowshoeing with this thing. There's a zillion adjustable straps and they go this and that way. You can get creative with the straps to hold extra things, like snowshoes if you're into snowshoeing up and snowboarding back down because let's be honest, splitboards are so expensive. I love my $10 snowshoes.

Anyways.... I love that I can add a hydration pack into this backpack. You can strap your snowboard vertically or horizontally. I obviously prefer horizontal. There's a place on the outside for a shovel handle and I usually pack the shovel part of the shovel into the outside pocket. There is also a place to put a water bottle on the side pocket... it fits my Nalgene bottle just fine. Those water bottles aren't small!

This backpack is so comfortable. Everything is padded and the snowboard goes behind a padded thing so you don't have your snowboard digging into your back. There are two chest straps to help hold the backpack comfortably. Waist and boob strap. The boob straps slide up and down so depending on how big your jugs are, you can slide the straps up and down in a more comfortable spot over your ta-tas. AWESOME.

I also use this for carry-on for flying all the time. If you travel with this backpack and a carry-on size suitcase, you will never need to check in a bag. I traveled to Russia for two weeks with this backpack, a carry-on size suitcase, and a snowboard bag that I checked in for free (under 50lbs and under 156cm!). I won the airline games there!

This is an awesome and totally handy backpack. Get it. You won't regret it.

I've been using this thing a lot since Christmas 2014 and it's holding up GREAT! Nothing is broken, nothing is fraying.