The Dakine Heli Pro DLX Backpack is for the true skier or snowboarder who finds the adventure in hitting the backcountry and bowls. Once you're out there you're going to make sure you have the right equipment. You'll be able to haul your snowboard or skis on this backpack so you can have both hands free and move easily. This Heli Pro DLX Backpack has a snow tool and shovel carry for when you want to dig or need to bring along specific tools. An Insulated Hydro Sleeve ensures that you can tap into your water and it won't freeze into a block of ice as it's resting in the sleeve. A Padded Waist Belt and Sternum Straps allow you to dial into the perfect fit so that you remain comfortable on your trek. In the event that you need some help, you can utilize the Integrated Rescue Whistle so people know where to find you. Keeping your eyewear safe and scratch-free when not in use is the fleece-lined goggle pocket. You'll have the pack to help make your trip great and, weighing in at only 3 pounds, you won't get bogged down when you use the durable and tough Dakine Heli Pro DLX Backpack.
The DAKINE Heli-Pro DLX 18L snow pack is a girl's best friend, offering an easy, comfortable way to haul your ride and gear to whatever peaks you're gaming to tackle.
Dakine's Heli Pro DLX 18 is the trusted pack for the serious female rider. Multiple board carry-options and dedicated spots for backcountry gear. Created for charging any line, anytime, all day-long.
|Capacity:||1100 cu in / 18 L|
|Dimensions:||20 x 11 x 5.5 inches|
|Gear capacity (L):||18 liters|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||1,100 cubic inches|
|Hydration Bladder Compatible:||Yes|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|Number of exterior pockets:||4 + main compartment|
|Pack Features:||Hydration Compatible, Ski Carry, Top Loader|
|Pack Size:||1000-1999 cu in|
|Ski Carry:||Ski and Snowbaord|
|Weight:||2 lb 13.8 oz / 1.3 kg|
|Weight - metric:||1.3 kilograms|
|Dakine Heli Pro||$50.97 - $95.00|
|Dakine Heli Pro 18L||$42.83 - $85.00|
This pack is seriously awesome! The only thing that I wish could be different is the backing. It is solid, heavy backing which is awesome, but it would be cool if it were mesh so I could use this hiking in the summer. But as it is, I think it's best for boarding, which is fine. It's big, has lot's of pockets, and I love the sleeve to keep your water tube from getting frozen. Can't wait to rock this!
I bought this for my girlfriend for sidecountry and short backcountry excursions.
The shovel pocket is a complete joke. It would not hold my girlfriend's backcountry access shovel (can't remember the model) nor my BD transfer 7. The diameter of "quick draw ice axe sleeve" was too small to hold the shovel handle. Also, there's no internal compartments for avy tools (e.g. a probe). So basically, if you want to carry a reasonably-sized shovel and deploy it rapidly in an emergency situation, don't buy this pack.
Also, I didn't weigh it but I have a hard time believing this thing is less than 3 lbs. It's extremely heavy for such a small pack.
This will be returned.
Just an FYI, the outermost pouch does not have any pockets inside for storage of things unlike it's counterpart the Heli 18L. It's just a smaller compartment. You pay more for this one basically just to have an extra padding against your back that lets you carry your board horizontally and to insulate your hydration line, and a pocket at the waist strap. The Dakine website gives detailed pictures of the Pro II pack which is another upgrade to this pack. I'm taking this pack next weekend to the slopes, and I'll update if there's anything else to add to the review.