Jonathan Rice wrote a review of DAKINE Blade Backpack - 1800cu in on October 23, 2008
Ok, firstly if I could give it 3.5 stars I would (assuming that 3 is average). I got this pack because my buddy carries an older version and it seems like Dakine's construction quality has slipped a bit (which is why it doesn't get 5 stars). To continue, the buckles that wrap around to the back of the pack end up digging into your back a bit when you carry skis (why it doesn't get 4 stars).
That being said, I would never go back to my old pack, it is the PERFECT size for light back country use and resort skiing if your going to head out of bounds. The balance of the pack with skis on it is good, and the nalgene pocket on the side is nice. The back panel opens which gives acces to your stiff without having to take your skis off. The goggle pocket on the top is great for hikeing, so you don't fog your goggles. I am sure this bag will rock for what I'm going to use it for but would change a few things if Dakine asked me.