It's all about backcountry bliss--how you get there is up to you.
Ah … There's nothing like lift-accessed backcountry lines. You get the untouched lines of the backcountry AND the vert of a resort. DAKINE hooks you up for beyond-the-rope yo-yoing with the Heli Pro 16L Backpack. A versatile carry system secures a board or skis for hikes, and a pouch secures your shovel and probe. DAKINE eases your trips beyond the boundaries with an integrated a fleece-lined goggle pocket, an insulated hydration pocket, a deployable water bottle pocket, and a waterproof waist-belt pocket. And if you like to earn your turns, 1000 cubic inches of interior space gives you a streamlined pack for tours.
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Heli Pro at Los Andes
Some place close to El Pintor and el Plomo Mountain doing some fun touring
As for school, this is a great backpack. I just purchased it for my son and he loves it! It has great organizational properties. It also has good weight distribution and does not strain your back - if warn at the proper height.
i want to buy this to use as a backpack...
i want to buy this to use as a backpack for school; would it be a good backpack for school or should i go with something else?
Penny, The Heli pro is designed primary for outdoor use and it is great on that but also specific. So I think there will be several features that will not be of much use at the office, such as the shovel holder, the diagonal Ski carrier, the ice axle sleeve and the like.
On the other hand, if you intend to carry a laptop it does not have ANY protective padding in the bottom or sides, nor folder compartments.
Conclusion: check other options before making a decision.
I've been wanting to pick up a good pack...
I've been wanting to pick up a good pack for sidecountry/resort usage, and I've found a 16L in a local sporting goods store much like this one, with a hydration bladder. The only thing is, I'm not positive it's waterproofed well enough, and the bladder doesn't seem to be freeze-proof.
So is it a horrible idea to get a cheaper version of this pack with a bladder that's not freeze-proof? Or should I chuck up the cash for this one that I know will work in all conditions? Thanks guys
Personally I would buck up and get the Dakine, but that's because I know their quality, and I don't know what the other bag you are looking at. The Dakine has really good build quality to it, and is one of only 2 bags I would pick for short tours into the sidecountry. Remember, no bladder is truly freeze-proof, but you can insulate them quite easily.
This bag was really heavy. Also, when I bought it on tramdock it said "one size", but the actual bag that came was a large. It was way too big. I'm 5'6'' and when i buckled the waist strap, the shoulder straps were too big to touch my shoulders. And the chest strap was not in a comfortable place for a female--all the pressure was right across my chest. This bag empty weighs as much as my old bag did when loaded with my clothes. I ended up returning it. Still, it seemed tough and well made, with good features, so if you're a big strong guy who doesn't mind plaid, this might be the perfect bag for you.
How do I drink from this backpack? Do I...
How do I drink from this backpack? Do I have to buy something to make this work?
yea you need to by a bladder. like a camel back or something it doesnt come with one only the option to have one.
Good all around
This is a great lightwieght all around Backcountry/sledding backpack. Plenty of room for food and gear, plus good Prob and shovel storage... recomended...
Nice Carry Barry
I like this pack because it holds the load in a comfortable place, which, for me at least is vital to being able to ride how I want. For hiking it has well placed straps for skis or snowboard, and enough pockets to keep your gear separate and locked down, but not so many that you lose your lunch (or anything else.) Inside there is a little pouch that keeps your probe ready and your shovel is attaches so that it is always easy to access as well for (hopefully never...) when you really need it.
Does it come in any solid colors? I am not...
Does it come in any solid colors? I am not crazy about any of these patterns.
Either BC is out of the stock, or doesn't carry them in general, but this pack comes in a solid Black, and a solid White. Check out the website.
I have had this pack for a few years now great pack for short hikes with a snowboard the virtical and horizontal option is great, however the diagonal ski carry is lacking to say the least, with bigger heavier skis the straps just don't cinch tight enough at all and the skis flop around. Put in a full hydration system and you lose all your interior storage, it was a good pack at first but after a few climbs and tours felt that it needed more. Borrowed my buddies BD covert pack was much happier.
is this backpack all backcountry or will...
is this backpack all backcountry or will it work good at a resort like when i just have a few things
HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!...thats what i use if for and its perfect...an an extra layer and headphones in the main compartment, night skiing gogs in the goggle pocket, facemask+glove liners+bandana+multi-tool in the outer pocket, and a whole days worth of water/monster/gatorade to boot!...its the perfect size for that kind of thing, its not like a huge backpacking rig...and everything fits nice and compact with the tightning straps
4 years old and still a great pack!
I have used this pack with my gotamas and had absolutely no issues with fitting them through the bottom loop. I am 5'4" and 115lbs and this pack fits great through the waist, shoulders and back. Very comfortable for short day hikes. I usually have issues finding backpacks that can size down to fit my frame but Dakine has a great product for a great price. No rips or tears in the past couple of years, and I am super stoked about the winter insulated hydration pocket. I am a big fan of this pack because of it's size, please don't even think that you can make this pack work for an overnight trip because you will be disappointed.
Not for school, but....
i made the mistake of getting this for school, BAD IDEA!...the lack of pockets and small size make it bad for school, however as a riders pack...awesome!...easy to pack an extra layer, a pair of night goggles, and some snacks, glove liners, face mask and other small items...for when you ride all day and go day to night and want to stay hydrated...that's what i use it for.
What shovel would be the best to go this...
What shovel would be the best to go this bag and fit in the shovel pocket.
The Black Diamond Transfer or Deploy 3 both fit pretty good in this pack, same with the Voile Mini Shovel.
Does anyone have any pictures of this bag...
Does anyone have any pictures of this bag in use, with the skis strapped in?
Kyle,Pic can be viewed at Dakine's website. Link below:www.dakine.com/ski/packs/snow/heli-pro-16l/Thanks James. The loop at the bottom of the bag, I guess, is for the skis to slide through and then they strap at the top. the bag they show on the Dakine's webesite is a different bag. Thanks though for the link!~Kyle
How far are the padded straps supposed to...
How far are the padded straps supposed to go around your waist
they go right around your waist, it also has plenty of strap so that you can adjust the clipper thing.
I have been skiing with this pack for the past week and i have to say it truly is a great pack. It fits really well whether hard charging a double or sluggin some gear up to the hill. It is a small pack, it is only really good for a couple sandwiches a few under layers and maybe a thin shell, but it hase some great pockets that come in handy. the water proof camera pocket is great and the camelback holder, and expandable bottle holder are great features. The ski carry is a nice touch, making it easy to get your sticks up the the lodge or throw them on your back fro a short hike. also, even tho there is no boot carry i like to strap my powerstraps around the top loo and cinch them down with the side straps. I have it in the white chop shop and its pretty steezy, i love the look and definetly appreciate the functionality of the heli pro. yet another great buy from backcountry
could this pack handle skis with a 104mm...
could this pack handle skis with a 104mm waist?
of corse, the straps dont go near the waist anyways
can this pack carry fatter skis? say...
can this pack carry fatter skis? say 135mm/105mm/122mm waist
The diagonal strap was big enough for skis of mine that were 127-96-118 in dimensions. I imagine it will be big enough for the extra 4mm that your skis have in the tail.
I have had problems in the past with bags...
I have had problems in the past with bags that only fit narrower skis; how wide is the ski carrying loop on this?
Pretty wide. What kind of skis are you thinking about throwing back there? My scott p4's fit back there and they have a 131 tail and fit in fine, with both of them together sliding in, perhaps a little tough but still plenty of leeweigh. The biggest problem I could foresee would be if you have a twin tip rockerd' ski and try and put them in both at once. I don't think you would have a problem if you slid one in then the other because the combination of the rocker and huge tails could perhaps create a problem. But again slide them in singly and you should be fine, no to mention that you should get the 20L this pack is amazing, enjoy it, it rocks balls!