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Remember, you have no friends on powder days.

Load up some snacks, a tool and an extra layer, fill up your bladder, and be prepared for that epic powder day thanks to the 660 cubic inches of DAKINE Heli Winter Backpack strapped to your backside. Be the first one to reach your favorite hiking zone, and put in a pristine boot pack with your skis or snowboard strapped into the Heli’s carry system.

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3 5

Returned

Returned the pack, too many loose straps. Size about right, but felt like I had crap hanging all over the place. Exchanged it for the Black Diamond "Bandit". Much cleaner, but won't have a chance to really use until next ski season. Got it for lift accessed skiing on those days when the weather's changing... to stash an extra layer, googles, hat, energy bars, and not much else.

3 5

Limited Useage Bag

This bag is great for boot packing but is very limited in what you can do because of the volume. I which Dakine threw some more straps on it to carry more gear to the mountain to make this pack more verstile. If your looking for a comfort pack to use at the mountain, that carries skis comfortably, and doesn't throw you off the chair lift, this is it. If your looking for a pack that can carry some gear to the mountain and work on the mountain, this is not your pack, you need something with more volume.

5 5

Perfect Resort Pack

Had this pack strapped on all week and it can fit everything you need while you inbounds. It was also a great bag to travel with since you can carry your helmet in the outer pocket.

Can this bag carry some ARMADA JJ's?I need...

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Can this bag carry some ARMADA JJ's?I need a bag for resort and for hiking on the mountains nearby.

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It'll carry your JJ's, but take a look at the Heli Pro, too. It's a bit bigger, but still slim and unobtrusive, while holding more gear and snacks.

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I agree with Jack. The heli is a little bigger than a lumbar pack. I think you would be happier with something between 1200 and 1500cc's. Carry more armada jj's.

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I agree, Mike. Most people probably would be happier carrying something not much larger than a Nalgene bottle. Wouldn't fit much in it though. And why would you need to carry a second pair of skis, much less the same ones?

It's 1200-1500ci, professor, not cc's.

See how it works when everybody plays?

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What's wrong Milfer, no witty replies? How does it feel to get negatives that you are so fond of passing out?

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All you people are wrong this pack is awesome!!!!! it can hold a nalgene lunch extra layers and still have space I don't know what you guys are talking about

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All you people are wrong this pack is awesome!!!!! it can hold a nalgene lunch extra layers and still have space I don't know what you guys are talking about

4 5

Good for inbounds and slack country

I've had the Heli Pack for a few seasons and it has it's uses. It's good for those inbounds or slack country days as it is not the biggest pack. It holds a shovel, probe, extra shirt, goggles, PB & J sandwich, and a couple PBRs just fine. I don't fill a hydration bladder all the way up, as it does take up space. The fit is very nice, too. Bomber construction. If you're looking for a backcountry pack or something bigger, Dakine has plenty more great models. I use a Dakine Blade for backcountry days and when I'm working at the resort and have to pack more gear, skins, avy gear, and food.

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Will the white version be back in stock?

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Will the white version be back in stock?

What hydration reservoir works well with...

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What hydration reservoir works well with this pack? I am thinking 32-70 oz

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Yep, that sounds about right. I have a 1.5 L reservoir (50 oz) and it fits in there perfectly, with some extra space.

5 5

Great Backpack

Bought this for my wife for x-mas. Excellent backpack. Very low profile so she's not leaning over the lift bar. Just enough space to hold the essentials. And it makes carrying everything from the car to the slopes that much easier. I would highly recommend it.

does this pack have a shovel carry sleeve...

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does this pack have a shovel carry sleeve for the handle and blade like the heli pro?

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If you need to have a shovel with you then the Heli Pack is not right for you. Go with the Heli Pro. Both are great packs, but heli pro if big enough for the larger items like a shovel.

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You don't have a dedicated shovel pocket, but if you want to carry one for just a day trip this works fine. Just be sure to bring your probe and beacon with you too.

5 5

Great Bag

Perfect bag for a day cruising the resort. Just enough space for my vans(sz13), some snacks/lunch, odds and ends, and water. really low-profile, and sits well on my back. i don't even take it off when riding the chair (even though the lifties yell at me sometimes.)

overall, tiny bag holds just enough. perfect resort day bag.

4 5

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awesome! just used it to snowshoe up the mountain the other day, great!

4 5

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awesome! just used it to snowshoe up the mountain the other day, great!

Does a 17-inch laptop fit inside?

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Does a 17-inch laptop fit inside?

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Doubtful. This is a very low profile backpack and it does not have a laptop sleeve.

5 5

Great versatile pack

I have loved my Heli Pack for 5-6 years now. It has been a great pack. I always wear it snowboarding and most of the time forget it is even there. I usually take it on hiking day trips as well. It packs pretty much everything I need for a day. The external straps are great for strapping on your shell or fleece while hiking and leaving the internal space for food, reservoir, socks, etc. All the external straps really add functionality and capacity without requiring a bigger bag. I use it for riding my motorcycle. It does most everything I need. It fits snug and comfortably and doesn't move around on your back, which is probably why I use it so much.

The vertical snowboard carry is quite good (just don't lose the third strap that detaches), I have done some backcountry in CO with it, it worked great. Unlike the larger Dakine bags, the vertical carry straps are actually long enough to strap the board to it when the bag is full (granted it is a much smaller bag, so that probably makes a difference). Or course, the straps may have shrunk on newer versions, mine is quite old now.

The only things I would change about it are to have the vertical snowboard carry straps anchor on the back side of the zipper, not the outer side. Really tightening those straps pulls on the zipper. That being said, I have never had any problems with it, no blown zippers or anything, so maybe it isn't really an issue.

5 5

The convenience of things

This pack is the best! It can carry the essentials for a day on the slopes as well as that extra garment if the weather closes in without being overly weighty and bulky. Epic!

5 5

lean mean strappin machine

Low profile, and plenty of straps/buckles to attach anything you need too.

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