Fits and works like a charm.
- 18 liters of space gives you room for your puffy, spare goggles, backcountry gear, and water
- Planks or your board can be held either vertically or horizontally
- A retractable ski carry cable for convenience
- An insulated hydro sleeve helps ensure your hose doesn't freeze
- External snow tool and shovel pocket for easy access
- A quick-draw ice axe sleeve
- A deployable pocket for your water bottle
- Plush-lined pocket stashes your spare goggles or sunglasses
- A padded waistbelt for comfort
Share your thoughts
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've always loved Dakine packs, and this is my first hell pro deluxe I've had and I can honesty say I love it. I needed a pack to take skiing that could fit a shovel and a few layers. LOVE the insulated hydration sleeve! Wish it had some organization pockets, but it's still a solid pack!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is the second heli pro deluxe I have had. The other one I had for 5 years, and just changed it for color. I backcountry ski 5 days a week.. usually 3-5 miles, so short trips. I did wear a bigger pack on a hut trip. I do carry avy gear when I need to. The shovel does fit in the front pocket with the handle inside of the main compartment, and I usually put the probe in the ice axe spot ( I am usually 25 degree slopes, so don't need the axe). I love this pack. My friends love this pack. Awesome new color.
This pack is seriously awesome! The only thing that I wish could be different is the backing. It is solid, heavy backing which is awesome, but it would be cool if it were mesh so I could use this hiking in the summer. But as it is, I think it's best for boarding, which is fine. It's big, has lot's of pockets, and I love the sleeve to keep your water tube from getting frozen. Can't wait to rock this!
what are the height, width & length...
what are the height, width & length measurements of the backpack?
does this backpack have a built in laptop...
does this backpack have a built in laptop sleeve?
It does not.
Misleading pics on Dakine site
Just an FYI, the outermost pouch does not have any pockets inside for storage of things unlike it's counterpart the Heli 18L. It's just a smaller compartment. You pay more for this one basically just to have an extra padding against your back that lets you carry your board horizontally and to insulate your hydration line, and a pocket at the waist strap. The Dakine website gives detailed pictures of the Pro II pack which is another upgrade to this pack. I'm taking this pack next weekend to the slopes, and I'll update if there's anything else to add to the review.
Does this pack have a buckled strap across...
Does this pack have a buckled strap across the chest? And is the ski carry only A-frame style? And what the heck does a deployable pocket for your water bottle mean?
I THINK it has chest straps but I can't be sure. The deployable pocket for the water bottle just means that one of the side pockets unzips and becomes a side water bottle carrier.
I know the above because I was playing around with the bag in store. As for the A-frame ski carry - according to the Dakine website it has just the retractable cable ski carry: http://dakine.com/p/snowboard/packs/girls/girls-heli-pro-dlx
Not for use in the backcountry.
I bought this for my girlfriend for sidecountry and short backcountry excursions.
The shovel pocket is a complete joke. It would not hold my girlfriend's backcountry access shovel (can't remember the model) nor my BD transfer 7. The diameter of "quick draw ice axe sleeve" was too small to hold the shovel handle. Also, there's no internal compartments for avy tools (e.g. a probe). So basically, if you want to carry a reasonably-sized shovel and deploy it rapidly in an emergency situation, don't buy this pack.
Also, I didn't weigh it but I have a hard time believing this thing is less than 3 lbs. It's extremely heavy for such a small pack.
This will be returned.