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02-19-2013 07:13 AM
Rockpen I don't know if anyone has mentioned the Black Diamond Outlaw Avalung Pack but I'll go ahead and give a vouch for it. It is leagues ahead of my Dakine Heli Pro II in terms of overall quality. A perfect B.C backpack with a professional mountianeering pack like harness and internal frame providing load bearing comfort unlike any other "snowboard backpack" that I have ever owned.
I can't wait until BD comes out with an ABS and Avalung pack. The best of both worlds for B.C adventures.
02-19-2013 06:56 AM
neni I first had a Dakine heli pro but I diliked to have the board horizontal; seemd bulky to me while traversing steep terrain and I had the feeling that my balance was disturbed by the wind. I thus got a Deuter Tourride (vertical). Unless you don't have to walk downhill, I found the vertical carrying more comfortable. But this seems to be a very personal preference.

Which system ever you're going to choose, I'd check if there are features like pole holder and separate compartments to store/fix shovel and probe - when you do short pow off the resort and only want carry the basic avy equipent, the bagpack is otherwise empty and you're glad if the stuff is fixed in compartments and won't throw to and fro.

And yes, I always carry at least shovel and probe with me, even if only doing resort pow. We have people getting cought in avalanches in our little resort every year (mostly at days, when we decided that it's too risky to go off the tracks ) I remember an instructor saying: the avy isn't aware of that it isn't supposed to come here

Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Some resorts are very militant about demanding that you remove your pack and hang onto it when riding the lift. Taking the thing on and off gets pretty old!
there's a good reason for that: some weeks ago, we had a woman getting cought with her bagpack while trying to get off the chairlift, was carried away and fell 7m. Died of head injury.
02-19-2013 05:59 AM
Wangta I went with a pretty high-end bag - more for my upcoming trip to Japan where I have to lug around snowshoes and my board - the Ortovox Freerider 26L.

So far, I love it but will have a more in depth report in a couple weeks when I get back.

02-19-2013 05:48 AM
riziger Alright I got the Oakley Snowmad Daypack and love it so far. The only problem is the stitching between the waist belt and the bag itself has ripped slightly on 1 side and seems to be undoing on the other. This is my 3rd time using the bag.

Wondering if it's worth writing to Oakley to see what they say or just pay someone to stitch it up. Really disappointing when compared to the Dakine Helipack which is half the price but just feels better made.
01-23-2013 10:37 AM
Originally Posted by Wangta View Post
What are you looking for in a pack?. Day trips, backcountry?
backcountry and sidecountry basically. 20L seems on par with the Dakine Helipros and it's roughly the same price here as well.
01-23-2013 07:02 AM
Re: Backpacks with Snowboard Carry System

Originally Posted by riziger View Post
Been looking at the Oakley Snow Mad daypack as well. Seems on par with the Dakine Heli Pros.

Any thoughts?
What are you looking for in a pack?. Day trips, backcountry?
01-19-2013 08:10 AM
riziger Been looking at the Oakley Snow Mad daypack as well. Seems on par with the Dakine Heli Pros.

Any thoughts?
01-19-2013 12:22 AM
Re: Backpacks with Snowboard Carry System

Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Check out that Dakaine heli pro I suggested! It has horizontal carry which I prefer. Vertical is best for hiking in timber and in high wind however. I prefer horizontal because it keeps the weight and therefore center of gravity lower. As a lifelong backpacker, I have learned that your heaviest shit goes in the bottom!
Snowolf - I went to 10 stores in the past week and couldnt find any to try on! Ultimate fail!

I like the helipro - only concern is the size. I read on some other threads the helipro is suggested for people 5'7" and shorter. Is that rubbish? Im 6'0" by the way.
01-19-2013 12:17 AM
Re: Backpacks with Snowboard Carry System

Got this today in the mail - the Jones 18L pack. It's nice - very well made and everything seems very sturdy. Not 100% sure im gonna keep it - still curious if the Dakine pro or heli would be better (I would prefer non black if possible).
01-14-2013 07:03 AM
Basti I have the Burton Riders Pack 25L. I think it suits your needs perfectly. Carries the board horizontally and vertically, has enough room for a day trip and all the BC equipment you need. It's lightweight and low profile. Check it out!
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