I got the Dakine Heli Pro to replace my old heli pro from 4 years back.. and i LOVE IT! Aside from the awesome print on the Pelosi pack (which has a matching glove!), this is a great pack for sidecountry or small backcountry trips. I can fit my camelback, shovel and probe in it no problem, with plenty or room for an extra layer and some snacks (gotta have the fruit snacks!).
Some cool features:
- the top pocket is "fur" lined so you can throw your shades in there with out scratching them. not really large enough for goggles, but fits sunglasses well.
- side nalgene holder that unzips so if you are just hiking around you can throw a nalgene or other water bottle in there.
- straps for skis or a board. since some do both, good to have the versatility on your pack.
- built-in snow-seat that folds out the back so you dont have to get your bum wet while waiting for others to catch up to you.