DaKine Heli Pro DLX 20L Snow Pack

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For the days when the powder is chest high and you can ski and snowboard in or out of bounds, be certain to make it a long day with the Dakine Heli Pro DLX 20L Snow Pack to carry all your hydration, extra layer and nutrition essentials. Whether hiking under the lift line before sunrise or skinning up beyond the ropes, this 600 denier polyester snow pack is equipped with a retractable cable ski carry, as well as a cross and vertical snowboard carrying option, so you can be the first to hit the ridgeline. Plus, a fleece lined goggle pocket protects lenses while ascending, and an external snow tool and shovel pocket helps you tote avalanche necessities for quick deployment. And just so you stay hydrated and feeling good, this Dakine Heli Pro Pack offers an insulated hydro sleeve for carrying a water bladder and keeping the freeze at bay.


  • Material: 600D Polyester
  • Cross and vertical snowboard carry
  • Retractable cable ski carry
  • Fleece lined goggle pocket
  • Deployable water bottle pocket
  • Insulated hydro sleeve
  • Quick draw ice axe sleeve
  • External snow tool/shovel pocket
  • Padded waist belt
  • Volume: 1200 cu in, 20 liters
  • Dimensions: 21 x 11 x 5.5 in, 53 x 28 x 14 cm
  • Weight: 3 lbs, 1.4 kg

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

28 Reviews

  • Build quality: 8
  • Ease of use: 8
  • Great design: 8
  • Great value: 8

  • Bad design: 2
  • Cost: 1
  • Low performance: 1
  • no back access: 1
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Quality: 4.6 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5

28 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 4 / 5
from Sioux Falls, SD
Under 18 yrs

Really nice!
December 05, 2010

I bought this for back country snowboarding and couldn't be more pleased. Every feature is well thought out and the accessibility on this pack is the best i've ever seen. The water bladder is excellent and the pocket on the hip strap is genius. My only complaint is that for a girl it fits a little large on the back, but then again it's a mens pack and it's super adjustable. I love it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Only one
February 11, 2011

I purchased this product solely due to the fact that it was the only one that fit the description that I was looking for. It turned out to be better than I imagined. The horizontal carry feature is great for when you're stashing it while doing so snowmobiling and the option to use the vertical carry instead is great when walking off the ski resort. Now there are many bags in Dakine's line that have these features, but usually it's either one or the other unless you have the Dakine Heli Pro DLX, otherwise you're stuck with a vertical carry. I liked the option to do one or the other. Another feature I was looking for was one which featured a way to hydrate myself as nothing kills a day at the slopes than running in to the lodge to get a drink because you're thirsty. Or holding onto a bulky water bottle. Only wish that they included the hydration kit along with it instead of having to purchase it separately. Probably the only drawback to it. Great buy.


December 21, 2010

Awesome backpack. Very functional pockets and straps. I haven't used it in the back country yet, but its definitely great around town. It keeps a low profile for lift access and looks great while holding a day's gear. Very happy with the purchase.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
from Burlington, VT
25-34 yrs

Nice Pack for Riding the Steeps
September 24, 2010

This pack is nicely constructed, plenty tough. I use it when riding and hiking. The pull out waterbottle pocket and fleece lined google pocket are sweet. You can configure the pack to hold boards or skis, and it is nicely padded in the back. It is big enough to hold all you need for a day hike or a day on the mts. I think I got the last one in bomber colors. Recommended.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
from Chicago, IL

Perfect All Around Pack!
February 06, 2011

The first thing I noticed with this pack is you can absolutely stuff clothes in to it. It's like a bottomless pit. I went out west for a 6 day trip and was able to cram all my clothes in to it. Features are endless. Vertical and horizontal board carry both work great. Board locks in to place and doesn't shift around as you hike. Goggle pocket comfortably fit my Anon Hawkeye goggles, which is one of the bigger pairs out there. My only criticism would be Dakine not including elastic strap holds (for the excess strap that hangs off when tightened) on the waist and shoulder harnesses. They included them on the board carry straps and it's a really nice feature. All in all, no complaints though. This is a really high quality pack at a very reasonable price. You won't be disappointed!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
from New York, NY
35-44 yrs

Professional style backpack
January 19, 2012

Bright green great color - was with a group and everyone could spot me. Lots of room/pockets to stash stuff. Water tube did freeze but i forgot to zip it shut. Have not used it to carry board yet so cant comment on that.


Quality bag
May 29, 2011

This bag is well designed for day-hiking. I can easily carry my avi-gear and an extra layer without ever feeling like I'm an expedition or that I had to pack too tight. On the few occasions I've used on resorts, it's proved comfortable to use with lifts.

Love it
January 26, 2010

My Norwegian girlfriend and I used her 18L version on several hikes. Not only has she had it for years and loved it, her dad - a huge gear geek who lives, hikes, and skis in central Norway - was equally impressed with it. Coming from two people who have used this pack extensively, I had to get one myself, and I'm happy I did. This pack is awesome: comfortable, well-built, and practical in a variety of places and activities. I highly recommend it.

A Great Buy
March 15, 2010

This pack held everything I needed and then some. I was able to bring everything me and a group of 7 needed for a day on the slopes. The camera pocket on the waste belt allowed me to quickly get to my camera and take some great pictures. The only bad thing I could say is that the pack didn't come with a bladder for water.


from Idaho

Great Pack
May 01, 2011

I bought this as it was Altrec's "deal of the day" and a very affordable price. It was replacing a Dakine pack I had for maybe 10 years. This new pack is much nicer with the water bottle holder, camera compartment, and little zipper area on the shoulder strap for my chapstick. I've used it everyday this winter (and still using it) for daily snowshoe hikes. Probably the best purchase I've made this winter.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Bay Area, CA
25-34 yrs

Great pack for the back country!
January 31, 2012

will fit everything needed for a long day. very roomy, good expandibility to boot! really durable and i would suggest to anyone looking to purchase a good pack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from western washington
18-24 yrs

carries well
July 11, 2013

i have used this pack almost every day or the past two and a half years, mostly as a school pack and day hiking pack, and occasionally as a snowboard pack. my favorite part is that it carries well with large heavy loads as long as they are packed well and also cinches down to carry small loads as well. the durability is good, after 2.5 years the only things in need of repair are a couple of minor spots where books started to wear through (but did not get very far as i caught fixed with tape) one zipper pull that i pulled off and replaced with string and a small spot on the top where the water proofing has rubbed away. all in all a very good durable pack.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from New England
25-34 yrs

Does what I need it to do
June 16, 2011

I wanted this pack because it is the only one I could find that would carry a pair of skis AND a snowboard at the same time. This pack enables me to carry my wife's board into the backcountry, keeping her pack lighter. The horizontal snowboard feature has a nice benefit of acting like an internal frame which makes carrying the extra weight easier.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

Built To Last
January 20, 2010

My intention for the pack was strictly for my ski adventures, however it appears to be very versatile and will be using it for much more (hiking, carry on at airport, etc.). Pockets galore. One minor con to point out, a little more room in main pack wouldn't hurt. Overall a good product. Very durable. I have the notion i'll have this one for many years to come, a long lasting durable product is very important to me. Important feature out on the trials, fields wherever.

Great versatile pack
December 16, 2009

Pockets for all your winter riding! Comfy fit and durable material. I don't know how waterproof it is yet, but seems to be so far in light snow and rain.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5

SNow Pack only
July 03, 2012

The pack looks cool, great colors, looks that same as on line. Its great for specific back country riding.... but I want a pack that double as my all-around go to pack. Honestly, there not enough pockest for me to keep all other stuff organized. I had the same pack from 6 years ago, and it has only started to break down (zippers coming open). Dakine makes sturdy and attractive packs that are great for ridding.... but I just need more pockets, im too use to my old pack to downsize.

Pros: Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, Cons: Bad design, Low performance
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 3 / 5
from Colorado
35-44 yrs

Great Light Backpack
June 23, 2011

Excellent back pack. Solid build. DaKine spent some time to design it well. There is a choice to carry the board vertically or horizontally (this is handy if you intend to use snowmobile). One thing this bag is missing is ability to access your stuff from back. like on DaKine PRO II. More brighter colors would be nice too

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: no back access
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Oregon
55-64 yrs

Great day pack
February 07, 2013

Using this pack snowmobiling in the back country, no trails, no truck! This pack carries my avy tools and lunch, and compacts to almost nothing. It will also expand to carry a large coat when the day gets warm, spare gloves, etc. and nothing has gotten wet. Fit is great, doesn't move around when riding, and I don't even notice it. Love it, it is just as advertised, looks like it will last a long time.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

Swag money
November 01, 2012

great backpack for your buck. a little on the small side, but if you are not planning on carrying a lot, get this pack. i would say that going to the Pro II is a better choice for back-country skiers that need to carry a lot of stuff, just because the DLX is smaller and doesn't have ample room in the "tools" pocket. Overall, great pack.

Pros: Build quality, Great value, Cons: Bad design

Great Backpack
January 22, 2010

This backpack worked great while I used it snowboarding. It has all the best features that you need in a backpack. I highly recommend this backpack.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
from Alexandria, VA
35-44 yrs

Great Bag, Great service
January 19, 2012

I bought this bag originally from a ski shop near my house to be able to mount my skis on . A few days later I found the pack on altrec for 30% less. I was hesitant to order the bag from an online company because I was not sure if I will get the right color or get it in time for my ski trip to Colorado. But, my friend told me that he has had a good experience in the past with altrec and they stand behind their products. So I purchased the bag and it arrived as promised and on time. Great experience.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, insulated water line for water pack

Good size and ton of features
January 18, 2010

I got this pack 2 weeks ago and was super happy when I got it. I've had a ton of DaKine bags over the years. I was worried that it was going to be too big after reading some reviews, This pack fits me well, I'm 5'10" 170 lbs. I love the hydro zipper in the strap it helps keep it out of the way. I also like how the side water bottle holder can zip up to be out of the way.


Great Backpack
May 02, 2011

The 20L is a regular size backpack and for what I am doing; sking and mountain biking I think I would have been a little better off to go with the 16L but on the other hand I can fit lunch, jacket, tools and a little extra when skiing. I also really like the fact I can put my hydration pack inside it; that is a nice feature. Built very well and looks awesome.


January 11, 2011

Great pack so far. Used it to ski only one day so far (that's why I only gave 4 stars for durability) pack was great, carried all my gear to the mountain for a day trip, with my helmet in the smaller compartment. Carried a few things while on the mountain and while sinched down could sit comfortably on the chairlift w/o taking it off. No internal compartments for organization, but this doesn't bother me. I wish there was some way to take off the back snowboard holder, but i guess it doubles to give the pack some support? Size for me is great, I'm 5'8" and it sits comfortably on my shoulders and hips, i can barely tell I'm wearing it. Can't wait to try it out at Jackson Hole in a few weeks.


The Best Day Pack I've Seen Yet!
January 09, 2010

I was loaned the Helipro DLX pack for a recent day hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail. I was so taken with the fit and features, I had to have one! While its designed primarily for snowboarding, it will serve as an excellent pack for a variety of day-long activities, including show-shoeing and cross country skiing. A couple of the features I particularly like are the small zipper pocket on the waist belt...perfect for a small digital camera... and the insulated hydration hose sleeve. And the easy to reach fleece lined goggle pocket is a nice touch. I have a hunch the more I wear this pack, the more features I will discover.

from Bozeman, MT

Very user-friendly!
January 18, 2011

I bought the Dakine HeliPro DLX 20L backpack for my son in-law and remember his reaction when he opened the gift Christmas morning. He looked it over and said it had EVERYTHING he needed for hiking the ridge and back country riding. That made me smile! He's used it many times already and couldn't be happier. My son is a large man and the fit of the pack is perfect for him. I'm ordering the women's Dakine HeliPro DLX 18L for my daughter today, that should tell you how pleased we are with the product.

Sick Backpack
January 27, 2010

Used this pack on my last ski trip and it was awesome. It has a lot of room for extra layers, water, extra gloves, etc. plus the ski carry is easy to use and makes carrying your skis extremely easy.

Best Backpack Ever
June 18, 2010

I love my Heli Pro. It has all the cool features that keep me going, doing the things I love. The snowboard straps work great. It is very comfortable with board on back, the waist strap gives the added support that keeps it all stable and comfortable. I take my pack everywhere. Great buy, you can't go wrong!

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