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The Dakine Pro II Backpack effortlessly organizes all of your safety and snow tools, helping you get the goods on dawn patrol missions and strenuous backcountry trips. Offering a dedicated compartment for your collapsible shovel and probe, the pack's front pocket secures snow tools within easy-reach. The padded waist belt and sternum strap comfortably secure the pack while you're skinning uphill, also stashing small items within the zippered waist belt pocket. In addition, the pack features a zippered back-panel for accessing your pack's contents without disturbing everything inside. 

Keeping you hydrated, the pack's side water bottle pocket and insulated hydration sleeve (bladder sold separately) allow for easy drinking while you're on-the-move. The deployable helmet carry cinches tightly over the top of the bag, securing your helmet on your up-hill slog. Especially handy on sketchy slopes where one slip could be disastrous, the quick-draw ice axe sleeve allows for easy retrieving.

Carrying your skis or snowboard, the pack's built-in ski and snowboard carry help you reach freshies when bootpacking up resort ridges and out-of-bounds stashes. The ski carry function consists of a retractable cable that slings skis diagonally across your back, and the snowboard carry simply clips the board vertically over your back.

  • Dedicated snow tool/shovel pocket
  • Padded waist belt with zippered pocket
  • Sternum strap with emergency whistle
  • Insulated hydration sleeve
  • Side water bottle pocket
  • Deployable helmet carry
  • Quick-draw ice axe sleeve
  • Vertical snowboard carry
  • Retractable cable carries skis diagonally
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Great but flawed

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The good: Pack is well thought out. Pockets are nicely designed and there is lots of room. Seems very well constructed. Checks off all the features you would expect.
The not so good: But I ended up returning it because it is not as stable as I expect for mixed in-bounds and side country use. I like a pack you barely notice that doesn't change your balance. Unfortunately this one does not feel like it is part of you. Moves around too much and sits too far back. And when you try to use the diagonal ski carry it really pulls backwards. Might be better for day touring where you need a little more room at least if you are going to be skinning rather than hiking.
Oh and the Tiaga color looks brown on the web site but is really green.

Best day pack out there

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have many backpacks. This is my favorite for backcountry day tours. It is very organized and user friendly. I can even fit my DSLR bag inside with all my avy gear, food, water, and gopro case. The insulated sleeve prevents the hose from freezing over and the fleece lined goggle pocket is huge. The avalanche tool pocket is very organized and can hold a cornice cutter, extra base layer, along with shovel blade, handle and probe. You can also choose to outfit the shovel handle on the outside as to make more room inside that avy pocket. One thing that i didnt have on my other AT backpack was a helmet carry. That has to be my favorite feature.

Great backpack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this backpack! Probably the most I could fit in it is: hydration bladder, shovel, probe, extra pair of goggles, down jacket, survival knife, snow saw and some small bits like ski straps and such.

Best day pack

    For ski touring I have found that this is the perfect match for me and a day tour. There is plenty of room for an extra layer, food, water, cornice cutter, shovel, probe, an extra camera lens, knife, leatherman, walkie talkie and goggles in a fleece lined pouch - there is also a pouch on the inside of the back panel i like to put my skins in.. Very comfortable on shoulders and the hipbelt is burly enough to carry the load capacity but still low profile to save weight. Overall the bag has very little swing weight which is one of the reasons that i love it besides it's perfect volume capacity.

    can you put ski boots in or on it?

    Josh, I still haven't got my hands on mine... but I highly doubt it!

    This is "only" 26 liters, while DaKine's Boot Bag is 30 liters and will fit JUST the boots. The DaKine Boot Pack is 50 liters and will fit a couple more things...

    Maybe you should contact a gearhead!