Stay sharp out there.
When you're setting out on the skin track before dawn and not coming back to the car until the sun goes down, you need the Dakine Blade 38L Backpack to stay prepared. It has plenty of space and specialized features to hold everything you need when you're out in the backcountry.
A vertical snowboard carry and A-frame ski carries hold your shred sticks when you're bootpacking the last stretch to the peak, while a horizontal snowboard carry holds your board when you're snowmobiling. For snowboarders who prefer getting up on their own two feet, splitboard pole carry straps hold your poles on the way down. A deployable helmet carrier holds your brain bucket on the way up, and quick-access snow tool and shovel pockets allow you to reach your rescue tools quickly in case of an emergency. An insulated hydration sleeve prevents your water supply from freezing when temps are dropping. Load compression straps, a padded waist belt, and a sternum strap keep your pack compact and close to your body so it doesn't throw you off balance when you're shredding down.
An ice axe carry holds your ice axe or your shovel handle, and a side water bottle pocket hold extra water or a victory beer for the end of the day. And if things go south and you're out of sight from your friends, an integrated whistle on the sternum strap allows you to signal for help in case of emergency.
- Nylon ripstop fabric
- Vertical and horizontal snowboard carries
- A-frame ski carry
- Deployable helmet carry
- Snow tool/shovel pocket
- Insulated hydration sleeve
- Padded waist belt and sternum strap with integrated rescue whistle
- Load compression straps
- Splitboard pole carry straps and ice axe carry
- Top load and back panel entry
Share your thoughts
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This backpack is great for the backcountry. Big enough for a full day's worth of stuff. Can fit shovel, probe, puffy jacket, extra gloves, food, water, first aid kit, goggles, and skins without a problem. Probably could work for an overnight if you packed light. When you have a light load you can cinch it down so the load stays close to your back. It is also a great size for travel. It works great as a carry on for flying and fits enough for a long weekend. The back isn't the lightest, but it is comfortable and well built. It carries a load well and you don't notice the extra pack weight when it is on your back.
Love all the pockets. Everything has its place so you know exactly where to find everything. The back panel opening is great to get what you need with out having to dig through everything. The side pockets fit a nalgene bottle perfectly and make it easy to reach. The hip pocket is great for little snacks. The insulated hydration sleeve is a nice feature, but it is difficult to feed a hose with a bite valve. I usually just use a nalgene instead. The A-frame ski carry is quick and easy to use. It keeps the skis nice and stable. The goggle pocket is nice and soft so you don't have to worry about your goggles getting scratched. The helmet holder works good. It is pretty easy and fairly quick to use. It hold the helmet nice and tight so you don't have to worry about it going anywhere. My helmet fits, but it is tight. It is a size small Smith Vantage. There may be issues with bigger helmets.
My one complaint is real superficial. I got the gray pack. The pack uses two different types of material on the outside. Both materials are gray, but they don't exactly match. I am not sure if this would be the same with the other color packs. It was a little annoying, but it doesn't change the performance at all. I just wish they matched so the pack would look cleaner.