The right pack to get the goods.
When all the tourons are running a muck on your home mountain, escape the crowds and ride some untracked lines with the Dakine Heli Pro DLX 24L Backpack. Compact enough to wear in-bounds and spacious enough to carry everything you need for a day in the backcountry, the Heli Pro will be your go-to pack whether you scored a day cat skiing or are earning your turns by the power of your own two legs.
This deluxe version of the Heli Pro will carry skis diagonally and a snowboard either vertically or horizontally. Zippered panels allow you to keep gear separate and organized with a separate pocket for your shovel and probe. A fleece-lined goggle pocket prevents your optics from getting scratched up when you're not wearing them, and a padded back panel and waist belt ensure top-shelf comfort while you ride.
- Padded backpanel
- Zippered panel access
- 600D polyester
- Shovel and probe pocket
- Insulated hydration sleeve
- Fleece-lined goggle pocket
- Zippered side pocket
- Front helmet attachment loops
- Ski and snowboard carry straps
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- Q & A
Not quite the one
I was looking to get a pack for quick/short tours but ended up going with the osprey kamber 22 over this one. While I have a larger dakine poacher that I love, the quality just didn't seem there with this one. I'm sure its not a terrible pack, but based on general impressions I feel a lot more confident in the longevity of my osprey over this choice.
Disappointed with reduced quality
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I received my new Heli Pro DLX 24L as a warranty replacement for my old Heli Pro DLX 20L and have to say I'm extremely disappointed. I've spoken to a few friends who've also bought Dakine packs recently and it looks like this is not the only pack they've reduced the quality on.
To give you some background I've always been a big fan of Dakine bags and products in general. My daypack, snowboard bag and bigger backcountry pack are all Dakine. All the older models I'm still extremely happy with. I have Dakine mitts and other various bits that are Dakine and have always been really happy with their quality.
Unfortunately with this pack it feels like Dakine have used a cheaper stiffer material for the outer. As a result the pack never sits or feels right even after being worn in for some time. The zippers also feel cheaper. The biggest change though is the padding in the straps, back and hip areas. It has been reduced in both the amount and quality from the pack of 2 seasons ago. Overall the comfort level for backcountry trips is not what I expect and the durability also concerns me.
My only advice is to physically check out the pack before buying it online. In the future I'll be looking at other brands for my packs.
Excellent Day Pack
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
When it was time to retire my old Dakine Heli Pro 20L I knew I wanted to stick with Dakine but move up to something a bit larger. This pack is able to carry my skins, all my avalanche gear, a jacket and extra layer, as well as water and snacks no problem.
What I love about this pack is the fit and comfort that I get from the DLX. It feels like the load is more evenly distributed across my shoulders and my back with the DLX than my old Heli Pro.
My only complaint would be that the water bottle holder on the side is a bit narrow.
If you need a new pack for day trips in the backcountry or quick hikes out of your favorite resort, the Dakine DLX 24 should be at the top of your list.
Dakine 24L Pack Review
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm always nervous about ordering something on-line that I can't touch, feel or sample. I wanted a pack that would allow me enough space for an extra layer or to remove a layer, a hydration bladder and have some space for lunch if I so choose to carry it. But...I didn't want anything to big or bulky that would get caught on a chairlift. This pack fits the bill perfectly, the goggle pocket is fleece lined and keeps your goggles from getting busted and beat up. The pack is sleek so that it doesn't feel like your pushed off the chair when you sit down but roomy enough to carry what ever you need for the day. I've used it four times skiing and can see this as my go to pack for day hikes this summer.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Great comfortable day tour pack. I used it for backcountry split boarding. It has been working great. The extra pocket for the avy tools is great and i use it for my wet skins. Keeps everything else dry. Plenty of room for a day tour, and can be tightened down for smaller trips.
The only thing i wish is that the avy pocket had a drain for any water that gets in. That is why only 4 star instead of 5.