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A cost-effective favorite among skiers and snowboarders who want a low-profile backcountry backpack, the DaKine Heli Snow Pack is also a favorite choice among surfers, commuters and long distance travelers--essentially anyone who needs a compact design sized just large enough to carry important essentials. While the DaKine Heli Snow Pack has been refined and redesigned for decades, it still offers the vertical snowboard carry straps with a retractable cable ski carry option. Inside is an insulated hydration reservoir with a tube port. This tube port has also doubled as a headphone wire port for summertime adventures. Up top are a fleece-lined goggle pocket (also great for sunglasses and reading eyewear) and a handy carry strap for extended lines at airport luggage screening stations. The 11 liter (660 cubic inches) carrying capacity is smaller than other alpine day packs, but this gives the DaKine Heli Snow Pack a narrower profile that fits neatly behind you on a chairlift and stows cleanly beneath the seat in front of you on airline trips.

Specifications

  • Fabric: 600-denier polyester fabric
  • Adjustable padded waist belt
  • Insulated hydro sleeve (hydration reservoir and tube not included)
  • Vertical snowboard carry option
  • Retractable cable ski carry option
  • Fleece-lined goggle pocket
  • Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 3 in, 50 x 25 x 8 cm
  • Volume: 660 cu in, 11 liters
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs, 0.8 kg

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

62 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 5
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Great design: 4
  • Great value: 4

Cons
  • Cost: 1
  • no clear manual: 1
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Carrying Capacity: 3.5 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5

62 Ratings & Reviews

A Great Pack
February 18, 2006

I added a platypus bladder and it is great for cross country as well as biking. A bit thick if you plan to take on the lifts with you, so don't pack too much! If backcountry is your thing it's perfect.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Techgearguy23
from Irvine, ca
35-44 yrs

First real ski pack
February 17, 2012

This is my first real ski pack. Used a make shift camelbak for a while but it's simply too small. Just started to ski with my 5 year old so now I have her junk to carry. Goggles sun screen, hat gloves....... Have a osprey eclipse but don't want to look like I'm going to some hard core back country skiing going up the bunny slope chair. This is just the right size. Nice and compact on the lift. I can use the ski cables to hold my skis and carry her 90 cm skis in my hand for the short walks. Tons of straps and cables and small pockets. I love it. Awesome price too. Best price on the web.

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

Awesome and Slick
January 05, 2005

I gave this to my buddy for Christmas and it was an instant hit. He started talking about the bike trips he could use it on. Then he started talking about how he could use it while on his Vespa. All I had to do was order it from Altrec, thanks.

Good design, excellent materials and overall quality
February 18, 2010

Great bag - its volume is only 11 L, but that's enough for a good day skiing or riding: a couple of sandwiches, a bottle of water, a camera, sunscreen and a beanie. It also has a very accessible goggle pocket, lined with soft fleece to protect the lenses. The bag has a very low profile, and stays close to your back the whole time - that's good when your moving around all the time. You can also attach your board to this backpack, but I find it can be rather uncomfortable. On the other hand, it's perfect for carrying your skate or long board. It's also nice for cycling, for three main reasons: it stays close to your back, it's Camelback compatible, and you can easily stuff on the outside of the pack a windbreaker or a rain jacket shell, just in case it gets chilly/stormy. And last of all, you can tell immediately that it's a quality backpack, just by the materials and components used. So, even though it's sometimes too small for some uses, this backpack totally exceeded my expectations: it's versatile, looks great and it's built to last.

Heli pack review
September 17, 2008

This pack has very little room in it. Not sure what they were thinking. We wanted a pack we could use for more then just boarding. But it still doesn't have room to store much gear no matter what you want to do.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
Devin
18-24 yrs

Very Good Pack
December 29, 2011

Bought this pack after doing a ton of research. I like to hit big powder runs along with groomed, and this bag is perfect for such. It's not too big, and only weighs 2 pounds. Added bonus is the hardened polyester it's made out of, compared to it's competitors and even the larger DaKine packs, which are made out of Nylon. Polyester is more water resistant. Has built in hyrdation sleeve for water packs that can be worked through your shoulder. Compared to most other packs this size (11L), this one takes the cake by far. It's lower clasp that fits around your waist is padded along with the back plate and shoulder straps. Overall, a very great purchase for anyone looking to ride regular big mountain/groomed trails who doesn't want the bulky backpack feel that you'd get with a lot of other packs.

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

A great backpack
September 18, 2007

The Heli Pack is amazing. It fits all my school work in it and I love the colors. Very stylish. I think I will have to get one for my friend at christmas. He would love it.

good
January 13, 2010

like it but the size is a little to big for my needs... good for back country

Best back pack ever
January 03, 2007

I love my Heli Pack. It's unique. It matches everthing! It fits all my school books and necesseties and looks great!!!!

WhiteKnight
from Fairfax, VA

Best resort bag!
January 07, 2011

I bought this bag because I am going on a snowboarding trip to Colorado and I wanted to small bag that can keep all my stuff like, camera, food, gopro mounts, tool kits, water..etc.. this bag has it all. If your going in the back country then your going to need a bigger bag like dakine heli pro, pro II, or DLX.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 3 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
JSonne
18-24 yrs

Heli Pack
December 06, 2011

The Heli Pack is perfect when you only want to carry a few things to the mountain. Enough space for a hydration pack plus a few other things. The waist belt, snowboard carry, and goggle pocket make this pack perfect for a day on the slopes. I usually carry an extra layer or two plus all my tools and some extra food as well and the pack handles everything pretty well. When your riding you can barely tell its there. I would recommend this pack

Pros: Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

25-34 yrs

Awesome Pack for Snowboarding
March 18, 2013

I bought this pack to go snowboarding. It is perfect in size when riding the lift. Isnt bulky at all. I purchased the 100oz reservoir which works great for those long mountain runs. The pack will hold snowboard, skis and helmet. It has a pocket for your goggles to fit. There arent too many pockets but enough for the carrying capacity of this pack. The rasta colors are awesome.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value

sik
May 28, 2010

exelent pack, fits my back comftorbly, the hydro feature is great, and my snowboard firts perfectly

great pack
November 09, 2007

accept for the fact that both of her brothers have the same pack everything was great

the best to ski
February 22, 2005

i went to brian head utah on feb 13 i took all my assessories including the cameras on my heli- pack it was the perfect size and perfect snow days great times on the utah powder

Great Pack
January 19, 2010

Used it as a day pack. Worked great. Carried everything including H2O.

Great engineering!
January 20, 2005

First the good: this backpack is just the exact size one would expect from a backpack made for backountry/heli skking. It has enough room to hold all the essentials: first-aid kit, water, a few powerbars, spare goggles, 1 extra layer and a flask. It has a separate pocket for an snow shovel, and an avalanche needs. I've used it for boarding and mtn biking and probe can easily be attached to it. I owned the heli pro (20 liter version), but found it too bulky for myfind it of excellent quality and design. The bad? None! ;-)

Great Bag for the price
February 04, 2008

It works great for holding all my gear while riding and the insulated pouch for the hydration is great. I threw in a bladder from an old camelback without the insulation and I just spent 8hrs outside riding on a -2 day and never had any freezing. definately a good buy.

Great Bag. Perfect size.
January 28, 2010

Great for skiing or snowboarding. comfort fit and great size and nice sporty looking too.

heli pack
January 05, 2007

gave the pack as gift for xmas. my son loves it. compact, yet functional. great for a day boarding.

feels like part of your jacket
February 01, 2005

super durable rugged lightweight....has waist strap, feels like part of your jacket. held extra hat, gloves, goggles, bottle of merlot, and sat comfortably on ski lift..worth every penny

Very awesome dakine helli pack
December 20, 2009

This backpack is perfect to snowboard in and also ride with the motorcycle, compact and very light, but also very spacious! I bought two of them the bomber color and all white very stylish!

Awesome Backpack
March 02, 2010

This is a really good backpack. It fits tight and close to my back making it optimal for hiking/trail running and as a commuter pack. Pockets are in logical location and perfect for fitting everything you might desire. Also comes with enough adjustment straps to appropriately tweet the pack to make it fit nicely. The board slot double nicely as place for a Ulock or a water bladder. Can't say enough things about this backpack, you should get it can't beat it for the price.

exelent - Ren Carroll 28-5-2010
May 28, 2010

its a light weight pack, fits tight to my body, the hydro feature is great and fits my snowboard perfectly

great
January 28, 2005

This pack is great! It has just enough room for the things you need for a day out in the hills. Features include a strapping system to carry your snowshoes on the outside of the pack. The hydration feature is super. A GREAT little pack!

Great Pack
September 09, 2006

I just got this pack and am very happy with it!!! looks great and is the perfect size for a day on the slopes!

Perfect Daypack
March 07, 2005

The Dakine Heli-pack is the perfect backpack. It's not too big that it's bulky, and it's not too small that it can't hold anything. I also can carry my board with it, which works very well. And it's also compatible with my camelback. I would strongly suggest this backpack.

this pack rocks
November 14, 2003

This is by far for its great price the best pack i have ever owned, it rocks, i have used it for two seasons snowboarding and it is still in perfect condition!

Very Nice Pack...
March 01, 2010

I have used it twice on the slopes (skiing and snowboarding) and it is perfect to carry my stuff while I am on the mountain. I never used a pack while skiing before, and I would always have to trek back to my truck if I wanted a drink, snack, etc. This pack is low profile enough to hold all of that, plus my North Face Bionic Apex jacket, letting me have some layering options as well. Carrying skis with the pack is great. It makes walking from the lot to the slopes much easier; not having to manage skis and poles while walking doesn't seem like much, but it is infinitely better just having the skis on your back. It also holds a snowboard, but those are easy enough to carry without using the pack. Overall a great purchase at a great price, and I would recommend this to anyone.

Great bag, but small
April 12, 2010

I got the 'black chop shop' design and I keep getting compliments on it. The fit is great and Dakine continues to lead the way in improving their bags, working on the little things like stretchy material where the chest buckles attach so you can get a tight fit and not stress the strap seams. This new version is much more spacious than the old heli-packs, which sort of fooled me - I thought it was a full sized day pack, but its actually kind of small. I like to cross-purpose my bags and this one is great for riding, but has a hard time fitting my laptop on days I go to the coffee shop instead of the mountain. If I could choose again, I would get Dakine's next size up. A horizontal board carry would make this bag nicer too.

Awesome
July 28, 2008

I love this pack so much, i got the green/gray one, hooked up a camelpak inside, stylish and perfect for anyone who snowboards. To bad my ex gf still has it...gotta get that back!!

Comfort / Fit / Storage - all great for Bike Commuter
September 07, 2010

I commute and wanted an affordable backpack that fit minimal items and was comfortable. I had been using a regular sized book backpack and was feeling it in my shoulders all day. This backpack turned out to be perfect for me. I can fit a change of clothes (including shoes), small shower bag, and a couple items for lunch in it. The belts make sure my shoulders aren't carrying the bulk by themselves. I've received a bunch of compliments on the style too! An added bonus!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
sdawgg
from Arlington, VA
25-34 yrs

Awesome Backpack!
February 01, 2012

This is an GREAT backpack, it's light and has many awesome features! The only thing I would complain is that there isn't a very clear instruction given for the backpack

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: no clear manual

great pack!
May 24, 2008

Perfect for light trips.feels great on.I love it.

thebest
July 22, 2003

i have one back pack and this is it i use it for every thing form snowboarding to school i love it and you will to.

Good Resort Pack
April 06, 2008

This pack is a good size for resort skiing. It can hold extra layers, some energy bars, extra goggles,camera, etc. With the bladder full the capacity shrinks. It can also hold your skis so your hands are free on the walk back to the shuttle or car. It's comfortable to ski with, but a little cumbersome on the lift.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 2 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
08Phils
from Macungie, PA
35-44 yrs

Great Bag.
January 21, 2012

Great Bag if you are looking for something smaller . it isn't very deep which makes riding the lift much easier. It has enough room for essentials and is loaded with nice technical features.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value
SJskier
from Salt Lake City, UT

A winner
January 25, 2011

I've just used this pack on my Avalanche training course and it did everything I needed it to do! The goggle pouch is great with it's fleece lining and I fit my shovel on the outside. The only thing I couldn't figure out is exactly where to put the probe, so I put it in the inside zippered compartment. I am a small frame, so this slightly smaller pack (smaller than the heli pro) fits me well. Plus, the black & blue checked pattern makes it an easy pack to find in a crowd. Dakine packs are SO well made. I haven't actually carried my skis on the back, but the cable system looks easy and very secure. Another winner from Dakine!

Grest fit, Quality construction, Slim profile
January 25, 2006

The Dakine Heli pack is an excellent inbounds or out-of-bounds pack. The fit is perfect for me (I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs) and the construction is quality. It should last for years of skiing. I like the size. Its large enough to hold all of your needed equipment, but is small enough for bombing on the slopes in-bounds without feeling like your going to fall off of the lift.

The Heli Pack!
September 16, 2006

I use this pack for work and plan on using it on the slopes as well. Super comfortable design and just enough room for the essentials! Great pack!

Great pack
June 08, 2005

Great pack! It's the perfect size for all you need and yet small enough it doesn't get in the way.

This pack has what you need w/o extra that you don't.
March 14, 2006

I bought my Heli pack about 6 years ago and use it regularly. I ride with a long snowboard (172) and it hold it stable and never a problem. The pack is very comfortable and in the summer I also use it for trail hikes and such. I've used other packs borrowed from friends or my own and the Heli Pack is by far the best for performance and also won't break your wallet.

MountainManiac81
from Littleton, CO

Great Pack!
March 22, 2011

Love that it holds my ski's. Been skiing for many years and it's nice not to have to carry my ski's around on my shoulder anymore. Very comfortable and definitely recommend getting a water reservoir for it.

I've had it for a year. Great for skiing and day hikes.
November 02, 2006

I've had it for a year. Great for skiing and day hikes. Holds a helmet and skies/snowboards well. Very comfortable and well designed.

Awesome pack!
December 14, 2009

I've only had a chance to use this pack for one day of skiing but so far I love it! It's nice and compact and sits flat on my back even when full of stuff so you barely feel that you have it on. And it does fit lots of stuff...had room for my shoes, puffy jacket, extra gloves, water bottle, lunch..etc. Have the Dakine Heli Pro also but this one seems better for the hill since you don't sit so far forward on the chairlift. Love that there is a spot for my shovel blade and handle. Haven't tried the cross ski carry yet but looks like it should work pretty well. My only warning would be for anyone who is short like me...it is a bit on the long side so I have to wear the hip strap quite low in order for the shoulder straps to sit flat on my shoulders. I suppose that might be because this pack was meant for men and I'm a woman. All-in-all another great pack from Dakine...at a great price from Altrec! It looks great (got the one in White Patches)and feels great on!

Lightweight pack, fits your skis
November 24, 2009

The adjustable ski straps (that hide!!!) are what makes this worthwhile. You can find a similar hydration backpack out there with an insulated sleeve for a similar price, but good luck strapping on a set of 110 underfoot skis and hitting the backcountry with it. Everything else on the pack is pretty simple, just the way it's described. Graphics offered are pretty sick too.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 1 / 5
Weight: 1 / 5
ilikekeens
from Portland, OR

Great for downhill skiing
February 20, 2013

This is a well made product that I have found very useful for carrying the small number of items that I typically need while downhill skiing. The goggle pocket is large enough for the big over the glasses goggles I have. It is light, slim and does not need to be removed while riding on the chair lift.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
BrdrChick
from california

Great Pack
January 22, 2011

absolutely love my new dakine heli pack. holds everything i need for a day inbounds, waterbottle, down vest, goggles, hat, extra gloves, sunscreen, pocket tool, camera. the pack is low-profile and you can easily sit on the lift without feeling like you are hanging off the edge of the seat. i also love the helmet pocket, great to transport your helmet to/from the hill. haven't used the board carrying straps, but they look solid. it was raining a bit while i was waring the pack and the water just beaded off, pack stayed dry. definitely a great pack that i would recommend to friends.

great pack
March 18, 2009

got one for my oldest and was so impressed, bought another one for my other son they love putting thier shovels, lunch and water each day before heading up. 35+ days and still going strong for these 12 and 10 year olds. I might steal it sometime to skin out....

:)
November 30, 2006

got delivered very quickly, and loved it from the beginning. Holds skis tight, and is very lightweight and attractive. The backpack is very comfortable but smaller than I thought it would be. I thought I would be able to use it as a school backpack also, but i would not recomend it for school use. The capacity is good for light storage. NICE PACKPACK OVERALL

a good buy
June 15, 2010

This pack turned out to be quite a bit bigger than I was expecting, based on other reviews. It's a great size for those who commute on food and want to carry their clothes and/or lunch. I run with it, too, and it's sturdy, stable and comfortable. well worth the purchase!

Great functional form fitting pack
January 29, 2005

This is an excellent multi functional pack. The hydration compatable feature has come in handy during long days on the mountain. Plenty of room for extra layer,gloves,lunch,multi tool,etc. The light weight design is very form fitting making it comfortable to the point where you don't even know that it's on your back. Skis fit well acroos the back of pack for carrying in backcountry.This is a perfect pack for any day use, whether hiking,mountain biking or skiing/resort/backcountry.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CarryingCapacity: 4 / 5
Weight: 2 / 5
mjwhitt
from Montana
35-44 yrs

Nice Pack
January 10, 2013

Aesthetically pleasing! Great fit. Enough room to store water (H2O compatible) and some snacks. Straps extend to accomodate a vertical carry of your board.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, Great value

Dakine Heli Back Pack
September 19, 2007

I was very apprehensive to purchase a backpack online but my son loves his backpack and I am very pleased with the quality and the accuracy of what you see online is what you get. I know the item is well made and was worth every penny. My kids are snowboarders and if they want anything else, I will not hesitate to purchase the item. Thanks, Evelyn

Quality construction and it looks really cool!
February 24, 2006

I have only used my Heli Pack once. It's nice, but I am not completly in awe of it like most other reviewers are. In fact, I was thinking of selling it on ebay and going for the larger Heli Pro pack instead, but only because I like to carry a lot of extra stuff. Bought this one at a shop at a resort on sale when I needed a pack in a pinch. It seemed a little small for much more than an extra fleece layer and a Camelbak bladder, but maybe that's the point! If I had tried to stuff my camera, goggles, and walkie talkie in it would have been really tight! It works well if you are packing really light, although even so it did seem a little thick while sitting on a chair lift. Had to keep an arm over the back of the lift to feel safe! Overall the construction is awesome, though! Great quality stuff from Dakine! If you pack light, you probably can't go wrong with this pack.

Super Nice!
January 13, 2010

I've gone 23 years without a backpack, but because I'm trying to teach my daughter to ride, I bought one. When riding, you don't even notice that you're wearing it

Perfect pack for the day trip!
February 29, 2008

Just got back from a week out west (Midwesterner here) and have to say this pack was perfect for the big resorts! I was able to fit extra gloves & hat, lunch, water, camera, sunglasses, etc. so I didn't need to trek back to the car or get a locker! Also, I helped a young kid in our group by carrying his skis from the car and was able to strap my own right on my back. The only downside is that the straps around the waist seem a bit long. Thanks Altrec!

scny0830
from New York, NY

Perfect Backpack for skiing or snowboarding
February 13, 2011

I was looking for a medium-sized backpack for when I'm snowboarding and this backpack fit my needs perfectly... it's just the right size. It has a great design (several compartments to keep my things organized & is not bulky at all). It's, also, very lightweight. I haven't used it to carry my board yet but I've gotta say that is another great feature. This backpack is great and I totally recommend it.

Great pack!
February 03, 2006

The Heli Pack is just right for the basics. I never had any issues getting on the lift or on the slopes. The main compartment can hold an extra layer and your lunch, and the two external compartments gives easy access to tools or other accessories. I wish there were dividers in the main section. The shoulder, sternum and waist straps are comfortable and unobtrusive although there's a lot left to flap around.

Ridiculous
January 15, 2005

I love my Heli-Pack to death. It is just big enough to carry all the essentials, like powerbars, spare goggles, spare gloves and a hydration bladder. I have also carried my shell in there on those warm days. It never gets in the way, has a perfectly snug fit and somehow is ALWAYS JUST big enough for everything. Not too big, not too small. Definitely check it out if you want a great day pack.

amazing
September 17, 2008

It's perfect for school, skiing, anything you can put it through.

Great Fitting Ski Pack
September 07, 2010

Awesome on the slopes, really low profile so it doesnt get in the way. But still carries a lot of junk because of the tall design. Only complaint is I use it at school too, and there's no small pocket for pencils and stuff.

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