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Bust out the snorkel.

With both a vertical and cross snowboard carry and a retractable ski carry, the Dakine Heli Pro DLX Backpack keeps your ride close and secure while you hike your next backcountry booter. With plenty of storage for your tools, camera, and H2O, this pack keeps you prepared while you pursue the freshest powder on earth.
  • Fleece-lined goggle pocket protects your goggs
  • Insulated hydration sleeve prevents your water from freezing
  • Quick-draw ice axe sleeve gives you easy access to your tools
  • Waterproof, fleece-lined camera pocket protects your equipment while you ride
  • Recommended for riders 5' 7" (171cm) or taller
  • Fits torso lengths 18" and up

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5 5

Good option

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

sick bag. super strong. I got mine in Whistler Jan 09 with a shovel. its much much bigger then it seems (and I reckon can fit more than other 20L bags). Took it backcountry and could easily fit extra clothes, a shovel, camel pak, food, extra goggles, snowboard, and camera.

5 5

Heli Pro . by Dakine. Awesome.

Dakine, ALmost sets a standard in how backpacks should be made. Their Products have come a long way from being jansport like, to putting TNF backpacks to shame. This is the perfect ski pack snowboard pack, beach weekend, whatever, and it is extremely comfy, Highly padded against your back. Perfect placement for goggles, camera, shovel, granola bars, etc. and room for and extra layer, or tools, heavy tough material. All Dakine Backpacks Duffles, and luggage, is on par with the best of em'...I'll take a Dakine bag over any other bag, right now..made later things will change.

What are all of the differences between...

What are all of the differences between the dakine heli pro dlx 20l and the heli pro 20l? I'd like to decide between them as far as use for a school backpack...?

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All I know that is different is the waterproof camera pocket on the DLX. They are very similar in person, and for a school pack, I would say just get the cheaper Heli Pro.

does the hydration pack come included with...

does the hydration pack come included with the bag or do we have to buy it separately?

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My heli pro pack came with a hydration pack (made by Dakine) but I've heard that the newer bags (I bought mine 4 years ago) don't come with the pack anymore. I bought a brand new Poacher (larger bag) this season, and it didn't come with one.

5 5

Great pack!

Large enough for extra gear, water, and lunch but still not too big. The compression straps keep everything in place.

4 5

Exactly what I was looking for!

I've been using another backpack for skiing, and that pack is now history. The old pack has ripped to shreds due to park skiing. This pack has so far been exactly what I want it to be; sturdy, comfortable, and useful to put stuff in.
I'm looking forward to using this pack for skiing again next season, as I'm pretty sure it will last way longer than my old one. It has already taken a couple hard hits from flips etc. but it doesn't show any signs of giving up.

I usually carry around just about my whole life in my backpack and it's always on my back. The only downside of this one is that it's slightly too small for me to carry my life around.

Otherwise this pack is recommended to everyone who needs a sturdy pack that won't let them down!

5 5

Favorite Winter Activity Pack

A perfect size winter pack for my outdoor winter activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. They can hold my skis while snowshoeing and vice-versa. The insuted hydration sleeve and lined waist belt pockets are great features. I am 5'7" and find this pack to be a great fit.

5 5

Solid Backpack for the Price

You see these backpacks everywhere and the reason is obvious. It has a good price that basically has everything you could want in a technical day pack. This is my pack that I use for basically all day backcountry ski trips, rock climbs, and hikes. It's got a pocket just about everywhere in every useful size. It comfortably carries your skis and any other gear you need.This is simply a good pack for a good price.

Solid Backpack for the Price
5 5

Recommend highly

Just an ideal daypack. Lots of storage pockets. Has hydration sleeve. Used it this winter snowshoeing and x-country skiing. I found it very comfortable.

5 5

Well made small day-pack

Great small profile pack for day use. Lunch, Camera, couple of layer pieces, Socks, Gloves. Lift chair friendly. Comfortable on my 6', 190 lb frame. Worn properly (snug) has no effect on skiing body dynamics. Good workmanship. Tough enough to last a few years. It's a keeper.

4 5

Pretty good for the price

I got the Team Pollard edition. The 20L pack is a bit on the short side, which was expected and stated in the description (recommended for riders 5'7" or shorter). I'm about 5'11" and the bottom of the pack is 2~3 inches from my waist line (which doesn't really bother me....probably a good thing). The pack comes with so many straps that are all adjustable (but kind of loose)....if they indeed designed this for someone 5'7" or shorter, they certainly designed it for someone who's very "thick" for the height....the shoulder straps had so much adjustable straps left after I tightened them around myself (I'm about 38" chest/31" waist) that I'm contemplating cutting them out. The fleece lining of both the camera and goggle pockets are low quality...I wont' put my goggles in there without the bag that it came with . There's a key chain hook inside the camera pocket, which is a bit annoying....what's the point of having fleece lining if you got a piece of plastic in there to potentially scratch your camera? Thumbs up for design and functionality (the intent of at least), and thumbs down on the execution and the details. Overall, burly construction...and for the money paid, I don't regret getting it.

What is the difference between the the...

What is the difference between the the Heli Pro DLX 20L and the Heli Pro 20L

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This one has the retractable ski carry system, better for bigger skis cause you can adjust the lower support for the skis

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Just got a Heli Pro in the mail, and it's different from what I expected. Apparently, DaKine introduced the Heli Pro DLX and REMOVED some features from the Heli Pro model and moved them to the Heli Pro DLX. Older online reviews talk about features not on the newer Heli Pro. Here are the feature differences from what I can tell.

- DLX has Horizontal snowboard carry (snowboard fits behind back pad). Regular Heli Pro does not allow you to put snowboard behind back pad.
- DLX has adjustable bottom cable loop for ski carry. Regular Heli Pro has non-ajustable webbing loop at the bottom for ski carry.
- DLX hydration tube runs inside insulated strap and can be zippered into a compartment (supposedly prevents freezing). Heli Pro runs the tube outside the strap.
- DLX has a zip out water bottle mesh pocket.
- DLX has a zippered pocked on the hip belt.
Some videos from simplypiste helped me see some of these differences. Hope this helps someone confused by the conflicting feature lists of the heli pro out there.

Unanswered Question

Does the DLX version really weigh twice...

Does the DLX version really weigh twice as much? It doesnt really make sense since it is the same dimensions and only diff's are in the straps and pockets. I cant seem to get a stright answer from DaKine.

5 5

Quality Backpack

I got this backpack a couple of months ago and i have used it numerous times, not once have I run into a problem where I couldn’t find a way to hold my skis, or where it became too uncomfortable to wear. The quality is incredible and I highly recommend it for anyone going to be in the side country.

4 5

I dig this pack

I use it for skiing and combine it with a Platypus Big Zip 1.8L hydration bladder - plenty of room for extra cold gear in the main compartment. Very easy on and off, love the goggle storage compartment (Oakley A Frame) and the camera pocket on the waist strap.

So I read on one of the questions for this...

So I read on one of the questions for this pack that it's recommended for a user's height of 5'7''? I'm 6'2'', is this pack going to be hella small on me? Kind of lame that they offer the whole "one-size-fits-all" bullsh*t. I've found products that don't have different sizing's generally aren't that quality...

Responded on

Its just a really small pack anyways. I've tried it on and I'm about 6'4. I didn't like it because the should straps dug into my shoulder blades. I'd look else where because of your size!

Best Answer Responded on

This information is WRONG and I let Backcountry.com know just yesterday, which they confirmed. This pack is recommended for riders 5'7" and TALLER!! When I read it (and, oh, put it on my 6'0" frame myself), it just didn't make sense, so I checked Dakine's site and confirmed backcountry's description was wrong. The description should be changed very soon. 5'7" and smaller is called the Heli Pro Womens pack! ;)

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It's not backcountry.com's fault. I just ordered one and the Dakine tag which reads "Heli Pro DLX 20L" says Recommended for riders 5' 7" or shorter AND Fits torso lengths 18" and smaller. The Dakine website shows the opposite... *taller and *larger. I'm 6' 0" and the waist/hip strap fits right above my hips.

does the retractable ski carry mean diagonal...

does the retractable ski carry mean diagonal or vertical carry and why is it retractable .....just trying to dedide between DLX and regular

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It's diagonal. It's retractable so that it can get out of the way incase you are not using the ski carry.

Just got mine today.. can't wait for some...

Just got mine today.. can't wait for some snow. Does the 100oz camelbak reservoir fit well? or should i get the 70oz?

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The 100oz. will fit. Personally with a already fairly small pack, I would get the 70oz. so that you have more room in it, and it weighs less. If neither concerns you, go for the 100oz., because it's always nice to be the only one left with water.

1 5

not too kind

title "heli-pro" is misleading. there is a specialty location for an ice axe, camera and goggle but not for a probe, shovel (acceptable space) or saw. Don't know about anyone else, but if I was fly'n on a heli, I would care more about quick access to shovel/probe than axe or camera.. sillyness, as nothing dlx about it.

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Aren't the two fabric straps on the right side, with the clip on the bottom intended for a probe? Also, the only real difference I see between this and the other Dakine bags is that the DLX doesn't have a flab on the inside pocket for the shovel, but it would surely fit a shovel.

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There's a nice pocket for your shovel blade and the strap on the side works great for your handle, and the inside is perfect for your probes. If you have a pack that you can get your probes out of without taking your pack off you have an incredible pack...but this is a great pack for your basic backcountry needs. Very DLX.