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Old 12-13-2010, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Backpack for Avy Gear - Shovel

I never ride with a pack, but I've decided I need to invest in some avy gear since I've been hitting the BC.

Any suggestions for a backpack that is good for carrying avy gear? I'm mostly wondering about carrying a shovel.

I don't want anything too big. I also don't need something real expensive since I won't be using it all the time. Only when the snow is deep and I'm heading out of bounds.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Dakine Heli or Heli Pro are nice. otherwise just take a look at the dakine stuff in general, you might like some of their stuff.
otherwise i just bought myself a camelbak snoblast. very nice and decent price.
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I'd get the Black Diamond Outlaw Avalung if I had the dough.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Check out the Osprey Kode series, great quality packs.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another vote for the Dakine Heli
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have the Dakine Heli Pro. I'd hesitate to go with anything much smaller. The Heli Pro is alrady cutting it close IMO. But, I'm like you in that I wanted something relatively small. Big enough to do the job, but not overly cumbersome.
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I have the Burton AK.. It's pretty awesome.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The Dakine Heli, Heli Pro, and Heli Pro DLX are all decent choices if you want to go the Dakine route. Personally I would go for the Heli Pro DLX since it has more back padding, horizontal board carry, and waist strap pocket. I have the Heli Pro and find it a little uncomfortable carrying a board vertically with the little amount of padding.

I've tried on the Burton AK 15L before and it's pretty damn small. The contoured back padding is super comfy too, but I think the pack is pretty expensive for a 15L.
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What type of hitting the backcountry are you doing? Sidecountry, slackcountry, backcountry, Sled access, hike access?
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I've tried on the Burton AK 15L before and it's pretty damn small. The contoured back padding is super comfy too, but I think the pack is pretty expensive for a 15L.

You say small, I say streamlined...

It does actually have room for a large camelback bladder and plenty of stuff for a day outside. The shovel pocket is really well designed, and that padding is just sweet.

And yeah, it's very pricey -- unless you find it on end of season blowout for $30. Yeah I consider myself lucky on that find.
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