DaKine Pro II
Heavy, bigger, and seemingly more cumbersome after…
Price Paid: $119 at a Campus bookstore
Heavy, bigger, and seemingly more cumbersome after coming from a light summer hiking pack. This pack proved me wrong. Its construction in solid and had ties for skis or boards for hitting the backcountry. The outer pouch has multiple organizing features for the wet stuff, and then the pouch on the very back gives room for whatever needs to stay dry while sharing the space for the bladder.
When it comes to weight I've had this thing loaded down with books for school close to twenty pounds and have had it fit comfortably. I do question how adequate the side storage for a snowboard works.
The only downsides. It has no external waterbottle holders, though there is a zippered are on the lower left of the pack that will fit a .75 litter camelback bottle snuggly. It is on the heavier side to accommodate being thrashed about on the slopes.
P.S. - Dakine makes a really unique tie-down system that uses a wire throughout the pack that you tighten to full secure the snow riding method of choice to the pack.
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Dakine's Pro II backpack is every girl''s greatest accessory on the slopes. With a contoured harness designed specifically for a woman, has a vertical snowboard carrier, and a deploy-able helmet carrier.
The fully featured DAKINE Pro II 26L snow pack for women is built to perform on adventures of every caliber-backcountry excursions, day treks, technical hikes and anything else you can dream up. Carry board vertically or use cross-carry system to haul board horizontally against your back for optimal balance and even weight distribution. Retractable cable ski carrying straps hold alpine or backcountry skis diagonally. Large front-loading outer pocket and a quickdraw ice axe holster let you easily manage gear on technical ascents. Back access ensures easy access to your gear, even when your board is attached. DAKINE Pro II 26L snow pack features a padded hipbelt and a harness contoured to comfortably fit a woman's frame; sternum strap buckle doubles as a rescue whistle. Deployable helmet carrying system ensures protection for your noggin comes along on every adventure. External zippered tool pockets hold a shovel and other gear; fleece-lined pocket protects your goggles or camera. Insulated compartment for hydration reservoir (sold separately) and insulated shoulder pads prevent frozen hose, providing easy hydration on long treks.