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All our friends are pros too.

Whip a sled, skin to win or bootpack until your legs feel like steel—no matter how you get into the backcountry, the DAKINE Pro 2 Backpack will carry your skis or board so you can hustle to powder hands-free. An array of gear-specific pockets and features keep your helmet, avy gear and small essentials organized. Pull on the padded shoulder straps and waist belt and head out when the white gold calls your name.
  • Vertical board carry and diagonal ski carry lets you haul your weapon of choice up the mountain hands-free
  • Back-access means you can reach whatever you need inside this bag without emptying the contents of your pack into the snow
  • Quick-access snow too and shovel pocket and quick-draw ice axe sleeve means all your safety tools are easy to reach at a moment's notice
  • An insulated hydro sleeve keeps your high-quality H2O from freezing solid and a deployable water bottle pocket allows you to carry an extra bottle with ease
  • Stash your helmet in the deployable helmet carry for the hot uphill slog

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5 5

Perfect Bag.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I owned an older version of this bag and it got my through five years of college and 100+ ski days. It's still holding up great. I bought my brother the bag in octane for Christmas and hopefully it works as well for him as it has for me.

Also the front loading hip pack in the same color is super classy.

5 5

Carries the essentials- like Ski Blades!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This pack is a great option for short tours and resort skiing. The pocket dedicated to your backcountry gear is really nice, with slots for your probe and shovel and more pockets for snacks and other gear.
The external helmet carry is great for touring and allows you to use the extra space for more layers and your hydration bladder- the insulated hydration sleeve keeps your water from freezing solid too!
I ordered the "Octane" color and it is just as it appears in the pictures, nice and bright!
The back access on this pack is really nice and makes getting in to the main compartment a breeze!
Of course this Dakine pack also has their awesome horizontal ski carry feature, which comes in handy for those Spring days when you want to follow in Saucer Boy's steps and hike to some gnarly terrain for your Ski Blades.
Here is a pic of me mentally preparing to get rad on my ski blades! (Yes I OWN ski blades, feel free to judge me and my awesomeness)

Carries the essentials- like Ski Blades!

Can I put the photo compartment from my...

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Can I put the photo compartment from my old Dakine Sequence photo pack into the back of the PRO II? I've got a decent camera setup and I am looking for a pack with a ski carry - since the Sequence does not have one... and is way too heavy/bulky to use in the backcountry. Hopefully someone can help me out in the next few days!

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Great question- I have an old Sequence pack as well and after checking this pack out I'm convinced that won't work. This pack has a smaller main compartment where the photo block would go. A similar pack from DAKINE that could work is the Blade 38L pack:
http://www.backcountry.com/dakine-blade-pack-1800cu-in?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6c2tpIHBhY2tzOjE6MTY6c2tpIHBhY2tz
That has a larger main compartment where the camera block should fit. It has an A-frame ski carry as well.

Can you carry the helmet and skis...

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Can you carry the helmet and skis simultaneously? Looks like the helmet carry gets in the way of skis.

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You can carry your helmet and your skis with this pack at the same time. The helmet will ride just above your skis. It actually works quite well.

4 5

Day Trip Slayer

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

This pack is great for day trips. It is too small for longer trips, but has enough storage, and compartmental organization to make it ideal for small adventures. The designated sleeves for a shovel handle and a probe make the front pocket very organized for quick access and use. The water hose sleeve in the shoulder strap is slightly more difficult to use at times. Having to thread the hose through the sleeve can become difficult depending on the type of mouthpiece on your water bladder. The outer material could be better in terms of water resistance, but the inside of the pack does stay dry. The large rear compartment of the pack has a pouch for water, and another pouch for miscellaneous items.The regular access through the top zipper is limited though, and only unzips partially.The back access is extremely useful, and helps with packing and organization because it allows full access to the pocket. As a snowboarder and a skier, it is sweet to have both options in terms of gear carrying capability. Overall solid pack, and great bang for your buck.
(Photo: Splitboarding outside of Sun Valley, Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains)

Day Trip Slayer
Ski Carry

Ski Carry

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holds with a cable on the bottom and a nylon strap and buckle on top. sadly, BC does not carry the ninja turtles pants.

5 5

Really great day-trip bag

dakine has a well thought-out, detailed bag in the pro II. it's got effective systems for carrying skis, helmets, and goggles. it also has in insulated sleeve for your water, and space for food, layers, and avi gear.

the insulated sleeve can be a little cumbersome as you need to pull your hydration hose out to use it and then push it back up the bag a bit to zip it shut. but it helps prevent your water from freezing. also, you'd be hard pressed to get all the gear you'd need for an overnight trip in the bag. but it works great if you throw it in you larger pack while skinning out and use the pro II for you laps each day.

5 5

Great!

best price and this backpack rocks! If you are in college and are thinking about getting a backpack for school and skiing, I recommend considering something else however, if you do not pack too much around, this backpack is awesome as a hybrid.

5 5

Hell yea pro 2

This pack is wack; can't stand all the well thought out features; u should let me be the only one on the hill with it. The only part I enjoyed was buying the hydration bladder separately cuz I totally read the difference between compatible, and comes with.

5 5

Great gift

I got this gift for my brother for his birthday. He Loves it. especially the pack in the green color. It's simple but has all the necessary features he needs in a great overall pack. Fits great while riding and holds all the necessities (plus some). All of your avy gear, tools, extra layers, food, water, and tunes. No complaints, and it looks rad!

4 5

Heli Pro DLX or Pro II?

I was trying to decide between this and the Heli Pro DLX Backpack. The tag on the Pro II showed that it has the vertical snowboard carry. The tag lies. The Heli Pro DLX has the vertical carry.

The Pro II has a back entry area that to get into the main compartment. The top zipper doesn't open very wide and is quite annoying. It is even more annoying if you have a hydration bladder in there because the hose will be in the way. The other pocket is nice though because it has a holder for your shovel handle and your probe to keep them organized and the shovel blade fits in there too!

I like the Heli Pro DLX better because it has the vertical snowboard carry option if you don't want to carry your board vertically, the top zipper opens as far as a normal backpack does, and has a deployable drink holder on the side. It isn't as organized withe shovel and probe as the Pro II, but the other features make it ok.

4 5

Heli Pro DLX or Pro II?

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

I was trying to decide between this and the Pro II Backpack. The tag on the Pro II showed that it has the horizontal snowboard carry. The tag lies. The Heli Pro DLX has the horizontal and vertical carry.

The Pro II has a back entry area that to get into the main compartment. The top zipper doesn't open very wide and is quite annoying. It is even more annoying if you have a hydration bladder in there because the hose will be in the way. The other pocket is nice though because it has a holder for your shovel handle and your probe to keep them organized and the shovel blade fits in there too!

I like the Heli Pro DLX better because it has the vertical and horizontal snowboard carry option. The top zipper opens as far as a normal backpack does, and has a deployable drink holder on the side. It isn't as organized with the shovel and probe holders as the Pro II, but the other features make it ok.

5 5

Ideal multi-use pack

The size and fit makes this a brilliant pack for slack and backcountry excursions. Pack it with shovel, probe, a layer or two and some other emergency essentials and you're good to go. I've stuffed my 18L Arcteryx Silo 18 to the point of splitting just to get the bare essentials for slack country, but with this pack, I've got enough extra room for some food, repair tools, an emergency bivy and a puffy and/or midlayer. The helmet slot is excellent for secure storage during the skin up.

The diagonal ski carry is, in my opinion, much better than an aframe approach and teh cord is secure and reliable.

HIghly recommend this pack for skiers but not for snowboarders. Though it has a vertical snowboard carry capability, the Heli Pro is far superior with it's secure horizontal snowboard carry feature.

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This pack has horizontal and vertical snowboard carry

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Geep, I have to disagree. I don't see the horizontal snowboard carry, unless you manipulate the cinch straps to do so? the Heli and Heli DLX features the back pad slip and clip function for a snowboard, but the Pro II does not.

how big is the avy tool pocket? I want to...

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how big is the avy tool pocket? I want to fit a blackdiamond deploy 3 and a super tour 265 probe in...It would be nice to be able to throw skins in there to

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I know you could probably get the probe and shovel in there no problem, but the skins may be a little tight.

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i have enough space in my bag, but it doesn't leave a lot of room for other stuff. i prefer to strap the shovel to the outside.

how big is the avy tool pocket? I want to...

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how big is the avy tool pocket? I want to fit a blackdiamond deploy 3 and a super tour 265 probe in...It would be nice to be able to throw skins in there to

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I should have added, I have a deploy 7 and the blade fits fine, but the handle sticks out. I imagine the deploy 3's handle would stick out too. Like I said, I strap mine outside.

5 5

Awesome

Love this pack, it holds everything and packed full of features. Love the fact that I can carry street clothes and gear in the main compartment, have my helmet in the deployable helmet carry, goggles in the goggle pocket and strap my board on the back. The insulated water sleeve is great. Love this thing!