Dakine Pro II/Heli Pro BackPack

One of the things I’d like to get hold of for next season is a new backcountry pack. I like the pack that I’ve got at the moment, but it’s a little on the small side for what I want.

I’ve got my eye on one of the Dakine Pro packs – but I don’t know which one: the Pro II or the Heli Pro 20L.

Both packs are a fair bit bigger than the heli pack, which is the key change. They’ve also both got a pocket that will take the shovel head, and it’s at the front of the pack, which should make getting things out of the main compartment easier. The little (camera?) pocket on the waist strap is handy, and again, it’s on both packs.

To be honest they’re pretty similar – the main difference is simply the overall size. I kinda want the slightly bigger one, but the goggle pocket, which is on the heli pro and not the pro II, is pretty cool…


  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    I’ve just returned from my lunch break and I had a chance to take a look at both packs in my local snowboard shop (LD Mountain Centre).I think I’m gonna go for the Pro II, the slightly larger bag. That extra space might come in handy for back-country trips, and it’s got an additional, thin compartment that might be useful too.They had both packs “filled out” – and to be honest the size difference isn’t that noticeable…

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    I’m looking at these too – going to go for the goggle pocket as it’s a neat idea and will stop them from getting scratched – plus, how much room do you really need?

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