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Once you go Heli, it's hard to use anything else.

Get ready to rip some turns knowing you have the comfortable, reliable, and durable DAKINE Heli Pro 20L Backpack on your shoulders. Its front panel access makes it easy for you to grab your probe and shovel, while its ski and snowboard carry straps safely secure your gear when you have to bootpack up a couloir.
  • Its 20L size leaves plenty of room for your lunch, snacks, spare goggles and gloves, and puffy jacket
  • Easy-to-use ski and snowboard carry straps come in handy when you have to bootpack
  • A hydration sleeve and port lets you carry plenty of water so you stay well hydrated
  • One ice axe loop can be used for rigging multiple items
  • A back panel, shoulder straps, and padded waist belt keep you comfortable when you ride and the Heli Pro securely on your back
  • Multiple organizational pockets carry your small essentials

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Does this pack have a chest/across web...

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Does this pack have a chest/across web strap with adjustable length. The pic's maybe show this but were too dark for me to make out. Is the blue one only at this price $50.97. I didn't know what "outlet" meant. Thanks Pete

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This pack does come with a chest strap that has both adjustable length as well as the ability to slide higher or lower on your torso to fit just right. It appears that both the pack on sale and the clearance priced packs are all $50.97.
Hope this helps.

4 5

Good minimal bag for the backcountry.

I splitboard, so I didn't mind not having horizontal board carry (which is my preferred way to strap my board on if I'm hiking or on a sled). My bigger K2 bag has that option, but it's also a bit heavier and not as fun to ride with. Like the previous reviewer said, it fits everything you need ok, except my metal Voile shovel doesn't go in the pouch very well. Wish I could downsize to a smaller shovel that fit better, but those are worthless in avy debris or building kickers. Putting a helmet in there is also a stretch if you've got poles, skins, etc.

5 5

Great mid size pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This pack is big enough and well equipped enough for a slackcountry or shorter sidecountry trip, but small enough that it's comfortable if you need a pack for a day in bounds too. The straps are comfy, and Dakine is generally pretty good about warranty stuff. Would recommend this pack for sure.

If your looking for a more serious day pack to carry a better amount of emergency gear and what not, I'd suggest looking at the Dakine Blade over the Dakine Heli Pro.

4 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't sent this thing through the wringer quite yet., but have not seen any problems what soever. Definately a day pack though, but still beefy to hold my skis and food/water/equipment all day. Is low profile, and the pockets are just a no nonsense open pocket with a couple sleeves.
I know this isn't the DLX, but I still wish this model had the insulation sleeve for the bladder.

3 5

Nice for late season

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack for May or June ski outings where the first few miles are over dirt and rocks and not skin-able. I strap my boots to the side and find plenty of room in the pack to store extra clothing/ shoes/ food.

5 5


Pretty big bag, there are a lot of straps that hang around when you're not using it for skiing/snowboarding but so great for skiing/snowboarding! I really wish there were a horizontal carry but I got this for $40 and I wasn't gonna pay $60 more the DLX for just that feature! The organizer pocket is pretty cool and you can put your laptop in the pouch pocket. The fleece lined pocket is really cool. the only other thing missing is a side water bottle pocket but I'm still stoked on the pack! Love dakine!

1 5

Lack of help from Dogfunk

Unfortunately, I spent some time and talked to one of the service advisors with Dogfunk to make sure this pack had the zip in sleeve on the shoulder strap for the drink tube off of a camelback bladder. After being assured by Skylar the advisor that it did have it I ordered it immediately. After I received it I discovered that it did not have the one feature that I wanted and requested and took the time to research, ask questions, and search for was not even on the bag. So unfortunately for Dakine Dogfunk has ruined this entire experience for me. Won't be returning, won't purchase another, thank you Skylar.

Write your question here...I would want...

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Write your question here...I would want to use as an airline carry-on - will typical size 11 USA ski boots fit in this pack?

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I have this pack and same size ski boots and they don't fit inside very well. You could easily strap them on the outside and still be within carry on limits, but your pack will feel heavy and awkward on a long walk through the terminal.

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I was able to fit one boot in the pack with a few other items but had to strap the other boot on the outside. Look into Dakine's boot bags for airline carry- great room for boots and a few other things and airline ready.

2 5


My issue with this pack is my stuff gets soaked. Not sure if its the fabric used or the zippers, but I've pulled my spare goggles out only to find they are soaked.

Can you put a ski on eather side and make...

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Can you put a ski on eather side and make an a frame with this pack??

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No. you can carry skis but not in an a-frame position. The loops on the side are not wide enough for skis.

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The DLX and the PRO II can but they do wobble a bit if the pack isn't full. This pack is more designed for inbounds skiing, no avy tools, minimal hiking. The cable loop diagonal hold does work for short hikes

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The diaganol ski carry is by far the easiest, and actually works fairly well when you make the straps as tight as possible.

3 5

Not a pack for a day trip

I am sure this pack is great for those of you lucky enough to actually heli ride regularly. as far as being a pack that you can use to bootpack/snowshoe through the backcountry, it is not. It has plenty of room for a days worth of safety gear and really is large enough to use as a pack to hike from a base camp of some sort. However it is not built to withstand such use. I usually have no complaints with Dakines products in the durability field, but I feel as though this pack was designed more to hop on the big yellow bus than it was to haul a board, crampons, and axe to a summit and then shred down with snowshoes in tow. After 1 use the snowboard strap on the front was frayed almost all the way through, I was using it for a 3 mile ascent from basecamp. I had my Nidecker Ultralight strapped in and the edges from the board chewed up the low grade board strap in no time, I was almost forced to carry my board luckily it held on long enough to get me to the top, though it will never be able to hold a board properly again (may be sending this one back BC, sorry :(. ) I do like the ease of use with the axe loops however even those are not quite big enough to easily/quickly get a axe with a floating leash, a straight handled leashless axe may fit better. the front pouch is not easily accessible when loaded down and the goggle pouch gets crushed by the board strapped to the back of the pack. The interior of the pack leaves a lot to be desired as well though at this pricepoint I was not exactly expecting a high end organizer. For what it is, you get a pack that would likely hold up to years of heli riding, with the occasional short bootpack, for a school pack this would be just fine though the lack of interior organizing would be a negative for me it is not for many people. I will say that this pack LOOKS great. I dont like to leave negative reviews but I couldnt get over the short comings of this rig.

Can someone post interior pics of the bag?...

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Can someone post interior pics of the bag? I would like to see inside the compartments and pockets. Thanks!

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I don't have a picture but I can describe it because it's so plain. I have last years version. The main pocket is large and roomy with a hydration sleeve built into the back panel. The small, top, outside pocket is fleece-lined for goggles. The bottom outside pocket is large and roomy also, with a small plastic vent at the bottom to allow snow to melt out. There are no extra sleeves in any compartments for pencils, snacks, etc. Just big and roomy.

5 5

Best backcountry day pack out there!

What a great little pack this easy. Moulds beautifully to your body so when skiing that amazing powder you would never know you have it on. Easy to attach skis to for that hike to take you to the best powder there is. Fits all your avalanche gear in easily with room for snack, water, extra layers, camera etc. It's so good I bought one for each of my family members!

Best backcountry day pack out there!

Does the backpack come with hydration bag...

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Does the backpack come with hydration bag water pouch inside?

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No hydration pouch. Take a look at all of the Dakine pack specs:


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there is a large sleeve in there, multi purpose for your shovel and hydration(or whatever else). There is a loop at the top of that sleeve to hang your bladder so it doesn't sit.

5 5


I have had the chop shop heli pack for a few years. Its great for a day (and that is about all) good for my water reservoir (nalgene or camelbak) plus snacks for fuel. a few redbulls extra gloves, goggles, camera, and a shovel/probe. the waist straps are very long and sometimes inconvenient when theyre flopping all over the place - but if thats the only negative thing I can write then thats not bad!! Its an all around great pack that is very durable and keeps the elements out!! I have been in white outs for hours on end throughout colorado and utah, getting tossed around in the parks & drudged all over the mountain and it hasnt failed me yet! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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