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post #1 of 15
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hi, so im shopping for a good pack now that ive moved out west and find myself on the slopes all day.. looking for a pack that i can carry some water, lunch, extra goggles, extra gloves, facemask, etc.. that can also carry my skis when i want to do some short hiking.. 20-45 min.. but something that would also be useful as an all around backpack.

i looked at a dakine heli-pro in a store the other day and it was a good fit, but i have no use for the snowboard functions.. i came home and looked at some other models and found the vertex.. seems very similar to the heli-pro except its a tiny bit bigger, has none of the snowboard stuff, doesn't have the side water bottle pocket, and has a different zipper arrangement... i haven't had a chance to try one on in person but does anyone have this pack? is there any reason to get the heli-pro over the vertex if i don't snowboard? thanks
post #2 of 15

Dakine vertex

I have the vertex. I used it for the first time at Breck last week. More than enough room for my needs. Easy to adjust for a comfortable fit. I also like the way the compartments are arranged as I was able to segregate my food from my gear. This was the first time I had used a backpack of any kind while skiing and liked the ability to fine tune for warmth on the hill.
post #3 of 15
Im under the impression (according to dakines website) that both the heli pro and vertex do ski/snowboard. They both do diagonal ski mounting which is what im after, plus they both do horizontal board mounting (useless for us skiiers). Im looking at the heli pro model, seems much cooler. Is the layout of internal/external pockets the same on both??
post #4 of 15
i use the da kine poacher pack, somewhat bigger than the heli pro, has all the ski-carry functions you're looking for, and doubles as my general travel pack.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by jayjayjay1980
Im under the impression (according to dakines website) that both the heli pro and vertex do ski/snowboard. They both do diagonal ski mounting which is what im after, plus they both do horizontal board mounting (useless for us skiiers). Im looking at the heli pro model, seems much cooler. Is the layout of internal/external pockets the same on both??
the heli-pro does ski/snowboard, so it has that big flap on the back, from what i've read the vertex is a ski only backpack and doesn't have the snowboard backflap or all the extra cabling for strapping up the board.. and it has a removable thing that goes in the pack to make the back rigid if you need it.. looks good to me, im going to try and find one in town today
post #6 of 15
One thing I didn't like so much about the heli-pro was the snowboard carry feature - you can't open the main compartment without releasing the snowbard carry flap on the back - seemed a bit of a pain to me. That, and the regular sized heli-pro was a bit large for my tastes and I had difficulties finding the smaller one. I ended up going w/ the BCA stash pack instead. It's a bit small, and not a ton of pockets, but very low profile and perfect my resort-based needs. They also have the Stash BC which is a bit larger. Both have diaganol ski-carry systems.
post #7 of 15
In the original post you don't mention carrying avy gear. The Dakine packs usually include sleeves for the shovel and probe, space for some skins and the shovel handle. The avy gear is on the outer panel, and most have a sleeve for hydration and room for gear in the compartment closer to your back. I use the Pro II, which is a little bigger than the Heli Pro. It is similar to the Vertex in that it does not have a snowboard flap on the back. IMO if the Vertex meets your needs for size, its a very nice pack. It is the Heli Pro without the snowboard carry, and as a result, it has fewer straps and crap hanging loose. Very streamlined. If all you want to do is carry some gear (no shovel or probe), the hydration packs like Camelback Hawg or Mule can do the chore, and will be a little smaller and lighter.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by ChrisNM
One thing I didn't like so much about the heli-pro was the snowboard carry feature - you can't open the main compartment without releasing the snowbard carry flap on the back - seemed a bit of a pain to me.
cut them off?
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider
In the original post you don't mention carrying avy gear. The Dakine packs usually include sleeves for the shovel and probe, space for some skins and the shovel handle. The avy gear is on the outer panel, and most have a sleeve for hydration and room for gear in the compartment closer to your back. I use the Pro II, which is a little bigger than the Heli Pro. It is similar to the Vertex in that it does not have a snowboard flap on the back. IMO if the Vertex meets your needs for size, its a very nice pack. It is the Heli Pro without the snowboard carry, and as a result, it has fewer straps and crap hanging loose. Very streamlined. If all you want to do is carry some gear (no shovel or probe), the hydration packs like Camelback Hawg or Mule can do the chore, and will be a little smaller and lighter.
no i only hike inbounds for now.. it would be nice to get a pack that could handle a shovel, probe, etc.. later on though, you don't think the vertex would be big enough?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by mntlion
cut them off?
the snowboard flap? seems like it would make more sense to just buy a pack without it than starting cutting stuff up..
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by stebed
no i only hike inbounds for now.. it would be nice to get a pack that could handle a shovel, probe, etc.. later on though, you don't think the vertex would be big enough?
The Vertex will have plenty of space (1300 ci), and is less cluttered than a Heli Pro, and it can be secured to be fairly flat. When you are ready for a shovel and probe, it will also work with that pack. If you happen to buy it from Backcountry.com THIS LINK traces back to Epic, so they get a small percentage from the sale.

edit: BTW, I seriously looked at the Vertex but went with a special deal on Steep and Cheap ($39) for the Pro II pack. The Pro is very close to the Vertex, just slightly larger, and also does not have the unnecessary snowboard flap.
post #12 of 15
I've used my (1st gen) Heli-pro for years. Super durable, room for shovel and avy gear. Fits both boards and skis, and not overly large.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
well i found a vertex.. i prefer the fiit/shape of the heli-pro.. the top snowboard strap comes off completely and i figure i can just buy some small velcro strips for the snowboard flap so that i dont have to always buckle that up over the zippers when im using the pack for regular day to day stuff.

thanks for the help
post #14 of 15
I have last year's Dakine Heli Pro. There are too many straps but the diagonal ski carrier can handle all of my fatties like the Maden AK, a shovel and handle if I need, and if I want to carry my skis AND one of my kids snowboards..... the straps are a bit overkill though.
post #15 of 15
Thanks for the reviews of the different Dakine packs... I picked up a heli pro last night.

Folks are right about the straps. I cut up an old bicycle innertube, slipped the pieces over the straps to keep them tidy.

Side access into the main compartments seems to overcome the issue of having to release the snowboard flap.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the pack so far... we'll see how it performs on the slopes next week.
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