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DAKINE Heli Vest

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    4 Reviews


    Ditch the bulky pack.

    Forget slogging around with a heavy pack in the backcountry the minute you pick up the streamlined functionality of the Dakine Heli Vest. This minimalist backcountry vest carries your collapsible shovel, probe, radio, climbing skins, and other touring necessities within a low-profile design that's easier to ride with than a larger backpack. Side compression straps cinch down tightly to alleviate overall bulk, while the dedicated snow tool compartment offers extra impact protection with its padded back panel. Additionally, the interior pockets conveniently store your climbing skins on the descent.

    • Vertical snowboard carry
    • Diagonal ski carry
    • Two-way main zipper
    • Side compression straps
    • Padded snow tool/shovel pocket
    • Interior climbing skin pockets
    • Organizer pocket
    • Radio pocket
    • Item #DAK00K3

    Tech Specs

    630D nylon, [lining] breathable mesh back panel
    Hydration Compatible
    1 organizer, 1 radio, 1 padded snow tool/shovel, 2 interior climbing skin
    Ski Carry
    yes, diagonal
    Snowboard Carry
    yes, vertical
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 14.4 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing & snowboarding, backcountry touring
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    Great resort alternative to backpack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'll start by saying I am a resort skier, primarily with kids, which means I carry snack, lunches sometimes, water, glove liners etc. I had been using a Dakine 20L backpack which worked well but was too bulky. I have used this vest twice and love it. I put a bladder in back for water, it carries a 16 oz thermos easily as well. The front pockets are perfect for snacks for kids and various gadgets, batteries, goggles clothes etc. It is much more comfortable to ride a lift with this than the backpack and there is no risk of loose straps getting caught. It also adds a little bit of core warmth and seems to do well in wet weather as well.

    Perfect to ride with all day

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I wish my coat had the pocket set ups like this thing. The two top pockets have organizers in there to properly keep your phone, I pod and what not organized. Bottom pocket carrys my beacon (yes I know it needs to be on my body) and the zipper is where I anchor it too. The inside pockets carry my skins and keep them warm on the rip down. Back part holds my shovel, probe and poles nicely. Love this thing. Only complaint is that is how snug you have to wear it, but then again if it wasn't snug it would be moving all over the place. I put this on to ride the side country, area or cat skiing and never take it off and on, its that comfortable.

    Perfect to ride with all day
    Unanswered Question

    I'm having a lot of trouble finding comparisons between this Heli Vest and the other, less expensive Backcountry Vest. If you could help out with some info that would be great. Also, I know they would be awesome in the backcountry, but has anyone used either of the vests much in bounds? If so, did you like it better than a regular backpack or did it feel kind of inaccessible? Thanks!