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post #1 of 7
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A friggin mouse somehow found his way into my Dakine Heli pack which was hanging from my ski rack a foot off of the wall and chewed through some of the bag. So I need to grab another one, but was wondering if there was anything better out there. I really liked the low profile of the Dakine Heli pack, as well as the waist straps, and the pocket for the mouthpiece to help prevent from freezing (though there were days I wasn't quite sure how effective it was). I typically carry an extra set of gloves, goggles, meds, and some snacks. Is there anything else that I should take a look at?
post #2 of 7
I have a Camelbak Snobowl and a new heated North Face hydration unit.

After 3 or 4 seasons with the Camelbak, even though it is "insulated" against freezing, all too often it did freeze. Thats why I got the heated unit....figures I have yet to ski a really frigid day to test out how well the heated tube works...but I digress. If its in your budget get the heated unit by NF...it has room to carry some stuff, its very low profile, looks great, well made and has all the other features you are looking for and it will never freeze (so the claim). In addition to its purported advantages I actually like its design better than the Camelbak as well.
post #3 of 7
I'm in the market for one of these too. I like the looks of this Bandit pack by black diamond:
http://www.bdel.com/gear/bandit.php
Anybody try these? How cold does it have to be for things to freeze up? Are they comfortable enough to just wear on the lift?
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Originally Posted by thaar View Post
A friggin mouse somehow found his way into my Dakine Heli pack which was hanging from my ski rack a foot off of the wall and chewed through some of the bag. So I need to grab another one, but was wondering if there was anything better out there. I really liked the low profile of the Dakine Heli pack, as well as the waist straps, and the pocket for the mouthpiece to help prevent from freezing (though there were days I wasn't quite sure how effective it was). I typically carry an extra set of gloves, goggles, meds, and some snacks. Is there anything else that I should take a look at?
After going through most of the various brands on the market, I agree that the Dakine's are better than most.

See if you can find a Dakine Quad - a little smaller than the Heli pro, but given what you say you want to carry - perfect.

Tip - blow back into the pack, THEN, let the bite valve drain - wave it around like, well, you know, and it won't freeze.
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I have a Camelbak Snobowl and a new heated North Face hydration unit.
After 3 or 4 seasons with the Camelbak, even though it is "insulated" against freezing, all too often it did freeze. Thats why I got the heated unit....figures I have yet to ski a really frigid day to test out how well the heated tube works...but I digress. If its in your budget get the heated unit by NF...it has room to carry some stuff, its very low profile, looks great, well made and has all the other features you are looking for and it will never freeze (so the claim). In addition to its purported advantages I actually like its design better than the Camelbak as well.
Richie, I bought that from Backcountry this summer at 1/2 off, did you get yours from them too? We're such gapers
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I dont remember where I got it, but we do like our gear dont we
post #7 of 7
BCA stash pack...recommended to me last year by Jer.

I had the nozzel freeze problem. Now, unless I want to carry some stuff, I just wear a Camelbak classic under my jacket.

The Camelbak classics are inexpensive. I have bought several just for the 70oz. bladders from jensonusa.com for $20.
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