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A burly bag for blowing up the backcountry.

DAKINE dubbed this 3000-cubic-inch bag the Guide Backpack because it leads the charge and swallows all the gear you need for overnight treks or multi-day tours in the backcountry. Carry fat skis or a powder board with ease and balance a heavy internal load using the customizable aluminum stays. A quick-draw sleeve keeps an ice- axe close at hand for hiking steep, technical lines or self arrest during unplanned descents. DAKINE also included an external shovel pocket to hold your avalanche gear in case disaster strikes.

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4 5

Guide or Poacher?

If you are wondering between Guide or Pacher, go for Guide!
You can really throw alot of stuff in Guide! The outer shovel pocket is big enough for shovel, probe, crampons, small kits...etc. If you dont plan to bring alot you can just cinch the bag so you wont feel like you've got a huge pack on your back. Perfect for day bag or multi-day pack. I love the easy access from the back cushion which has two medium zipper compartments. You wont have to unstrap your gear and still access what you need. Also love the quick ice axe sleeve.
I can reach for my axe without taking off the bag.
I wish that camelbbag tube sleeve were a bit more spacious though. It is tough to get the tube all the way through. It would help to have more air space too...(Dakine...)
If you are women, or have a slim upper body shape, the straps may feel large. I believe this was designed for much beefier body shape. (I am 6' 185lbs, fits excellent) But you have alot of ways to cinch this pack so it wont feel like backpack is taking your body over...
I got this pack for all year around use, not just for ski/snowboard backcountry trips! I ski and snowboard so I love having the option to carry either one or both...
Highly recommended for anyone looking to find an excellent designed backpack.

5 5

Greatest ski pack I've found

For years now I have been looking for the perfect ski pack- namely a sparate and big shovel/probe pocket, a good ski carry system with options, and something that is big enough so that I can take extra stuff if I want a rope, rescue gear, or a multi-day tour. Who doesn't love the fuzzy goggle pocket and camera pocket? I am also a huge fan of back-panel zippered access, which is key if you have your skis strapped on and want to get in your pack easily. Though the black diamond packs have this feature, it is a rinky-dink small opening-- hardly useful. Also, the shovel pocket-- this is rare-- is actually big enough to fit some of my larger, pro-style shovel blades and full-size probes. I find that many ski packs with dedicated shovel pockets only hold small, rinkydink shovel blades and probes. Why bother?

I like that the snowboard carry straps (which I finagle to use for vertical-carry of my skis) tuck away. The only thing more annoying than not having these straps available is having them flap all around. I use the diagonal carry sometimes, though it's a little awkward. I do like that you can also A-frame skis if you want to. The snowboard straps would allow you to attach snowshoes easily, as well.

The foam on the waistbelt and harness is good-quality, though my husband complains that the foam doesn't cover his hipbones, and he's a 34/35 waist. Kind of odd considering that the pack is sized towards average and larger users. My husband is 6'5", long legs, and this pack fits him fine. I will echo the complaint that this pack should be sized. Even a sm/med and med/large option would do. I am 5'4", with a long torso, and the pack just barely fits, and though it's not a textbook fit it does ride comfortably when loaded down.

Overall this pack has everything I want, and works beautifully. I am also glad that the materials and construction mean that this pack is likely to last.

5 5

my favorite backpack

i'm 6'3" and the guide pack fits me well, but my shorter friends have used it comfortably too. I bought my first guide pack about 10 years ago, and it was ripped by the airlines after about 5 years. i liked it so much that i sent it back to da kine, and they sent me a new one no questions asked, even though i offered to pay to have it repaired. the 2005 model was even better, and i use it for winter stuff as well as summer cragging because the back-panel zippers are so awesomely convenient. bottom line, da kine is a great company that stands behind their products, and the guide is hands down the most useful backpack i've ever owned. when this one gets worn out i'm definitely buying another.

Does this pack only do diagonal ski carry,...

Does this pack only do diagonal ski carry, or is it also equipped for A-frame?

Dakine Guide - Fully Loaded

Dakine Guide - Fully Loaded

5'8", I have about 40-45 lbs in this plus the snowshoes strapped to it. Inside is some layers, a shell, some food, G3 Shovel, jetboil pot, TNF Goliath Sleeping bag, Prolite pad, more gloves, and a bunch of odds and ends.

3 5

Poor sizing.

Good features, bad fit. I'm about 5'6" and 140lbs. The pack is too long for me. Other than the bad sizing, the pack has pretty decent features overall. It has an outer pocket for snow tools, a large main compartment, and a nice zippered top pocket. The compression straps can make it pretty small when not packing heavy, and there is a lot of adjustment in the shoulder straps. My favorite feature is the back access to the main compartment. Very convenient when you have skis strapped on.

Overall, not a bad pack, but make sure it fits right. They really need to have more than one size.

5 5

Recommend

I just returned from an 8 day ski touring/mountaineering trip in Switzerland. This pack performed so well that, 2 of my friends and one of our guides wanted to demo it. I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs. and it fits me well. But one of my firends is about 5'7" and it was too big for him. It carries and skis well, the rear entry is terrific, and I always know where my gear is because it is so well organized. In our group of 8, 3 of us had this pack and we all felt it performed great!

5 5

Dakine Guide 3000 cu in - great pack

I used the Dakine Guide Backpack as a all day pack while skiing on Ruth's Glacier in Denali National Park. It is a great pack with all the features required for winter skiing in the backcountry. Plenty of room to store all the gear required (shovel, probe, skins, etc) in the front gear enclosure with easy access from the side without having to open the top of the pack. Plenty of room inside the pack for extra clothes or other essentials. Hydration system worked great (I added the 70L UnBottle hydration pack (camelbak) without the winterized kit and the sleeve took care of keeping the hose from freezing). Rear access is just a great idea. Pack fit well (I am 6' and 200lbs). I would buy this pack again.

Will you get away with this backpack as...

Will you get away with this backpack as carry-on luggage on flights?

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At 3000 cu in you should have no problem using this as a carry-on. I have used packs between 3500 - 4000 cu in and been fine.

where is the sizing chart on this page ?

where is the sizing chart on this page ?

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There's no sizing chart because there's only one size.

i am 5'2, will this backpack fit me?

i am 5'2, will this backpack fit me?

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I'm sure if you cinch down the shoulder and hip straps you should be fine.

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I dont think so. This is a fairly good sized pack (49L). If I were you I would by one of the Black Diamond Covert (32L) packs in a short torso size. Yes, I know that there is a huge difference in size between the two, but really how much crap are you taking out with you. Regaurdless of what pack you buy, this one will be too big.

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I'm sure this pack will not fit you. I leant mine to a friend during a ski tour in Switzerland who is about 5'7" and it was a little too long for him.

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I'm sure this pack will not fit you. I leant mine to a friend during a ski tour in Switzerland who is about 5'7" and it was a little too long for him.

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I am 5'7" and the pack fit me pretty good. There are not a lot of adjustments on this pack so someone 5'5" or less I think may find this pack a bit large. I am on the border. I would look at the Osprey Switch Series or the Black Diamond snow packs for a better fit. The Poacher is also the same as this one but should fit a bit smaller.

Can I use it as a weekend gear pack While...

Can I use it as a weekend gear pack While on my dirt bike?

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Yeah, but it's huge. If you fill it with stuff, you're going to be really thrown off, balance-wise. I'd get something in the 30L range instead.

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I think you would be good. No matter what backpack you use it will have a lot of stuff for a weekend. This one is a good choice because it is narrow which allows for an easy full range of movement. I load mine with 40 pounds all the time and I think it handles it well. It does not have the support of a higher end pack and I would not really recommend it for a long hike but a dirt bike I think you will like it. Lots of features.

is this pack good for someone with a longer...

is this pack good for someone with a longer torso

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yes, with it's good strap adjustment system, this pack can be altered for differing length torsos, and it's 48.5 linear inches- if you want to measure and assess.

5 5

oh yea, thats nice...

you can load this pack full or pack it light and the straps keep everything tidy. No complaints here, this pack is awesome!

3 5

Retractable ski carry broke first day out

I love everything about this pack EXCEPT the wire for the retractable ski carry (diagonal) pulled free the first time I tried to load my skis. Bummer cause I live in Alaska and shipping is expensive. I'll keep the pack, but if I was in the lower 48 I'd return it and ask for a new one to see if was simply a defect. Very comfortable ski pack and the back panel access is great. I wish I could give it a higher rating

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Hope you sent it back. I have had a lot of success with mine so maybe you got a dud. BC will take care of you.

can this pack carry a snowboard?

can this pack carry a snowboard?

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Yes it carries both skis and snowboards.Refer to the Tech Specs on the right hand side of the screen. They will answer things like this.

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It totally can carry a snowboard. The pack has straps that can be stowed when not in use.

I also have used them to attach snowshoes. The system works great.

5 5

Great Pack

I use this pack for everything from day hikes to climbing Mt. Rainier. It is a little heavy for it's size, but it is super comfortable, sturdy, and well designed. The back panel zips open, which is genius; I hardly ever open the top any more. It carries well with a small load, and also does fine for multi-day trips. The ski carry system is also much easier to use than others I have tried. If you are not too concerned about weight, and want a sturdy all-around pack, get this.

hello do you have a shovel to suggest...

hello do you have a shovel to suggest for this bag, obviously sturdy and lightweight, thanks

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Item# VOL0066 if you want one w/a probe in the handle. Item# BLD0930 because it weighs only 20oz.

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I use the G3 AviTECH Shovel Item #GGG0078. It is solid and fits in the pack very nice

I have a pair of MSR Lightening Ascent...

I have a pair of MSR Lightening Ascent snowshoes that I would like to be able to pack either with or without AT Skis. Is there any way to attach them to the outside of this pack?

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Yes, you would be able to attach them to the outside of this pack using the clip straps on front. Or along the sides with a biner.

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I use the snowboard carry straps to attach my MSR Lighning Ascents (25"). The straps hold them snug and they don't flop around. The ski straps are flexible enough you should be able to carry both.

5 5

dakine guide & poacher back packs

Ive been back country skiing with these packs for the last 3 years and Im very happy with them (dakine poacher,& guide) I like the outside shovel & snow tool compartment easy to get too, and the probe/shovel handle sleeves in there I also stuff my snow saw in it too as well as my skins, survival gear .the outside ice ax sleeve & water bottle mesh pocket on the sides are perfect! the bigger down loader compartment I stuff extra jacket, gloves, goggles, food, 1st aid gear, bivy, crampons etc. the diagonel ski carry system works for me and is easy on & off . the pack is really easy to ski with on and snugs up to my back perfectly when I winch it down nice & tight . I use it for work as a back country ski patroler with even more toys in it ! bottom line its comfortable , it holds all my tools organized, out of my way, and easy to get too ! I dont want to know I have it on when Im skiing and it does that really well !! thanks again and have a good season .... D. French ...(Mammoth Nordic Back country & June mtn. ski patrol)