Originally Posted by skichickee
Hi all, I've read similar posts, but looking for something a bit different.
Any petite ladies out there happy with the fit of their pack?
I'm looking for a pack to wear for lift-served resort skiing. I need it to hold extra goggle lenses, extra layer, hydration pack, as well as extra room for stashing my 2 daughters occasional extra layer/tidbits.
The problem I'm facing is I'm not quite 5'1" and on top of being super short I have longer legs and a shorter torso, so find a smaller pack to fit me is proving tricky.
Even the smaller 12L Dakine Heli has a 20" length measurement which is just too long for me. Looking for a shorter length with still a fairly slim profile.
Welcome to EpicSki! I'm only 5'0" so know exactly what you are talking about. What I've been using for a while is a Dakine Cosmo 6.5L, 12 x 9 x 3. I don't bother with a hydration pack. Instead I carry a small water bottle. For resort skiing, I'm stopping inside often enough to stay hydrated. Obviously this is only good enough to carry my own stuff.
Dakine has a 13L Girls Grom pack, 16 x 9.5 x 6. I've tried it on and found it pretty comfortable.
What I managed to get in 2014 was the Dakine Heli 11L for Women, 20 x 10 x 3. However that seems to have been replaced by a 12L version. While 20 inches is a little long, it doesn't bother me since I don't carry very much. Got the Heli pack for the ability of carry skis for short hikes (<15 min) on resort (Catherine's at Alta, Long Shot at Aspen). Maybe you might get lucky finding one on eBay.