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
- Q & A
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.
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!