This new Dakine backpack is one of the most compact, technical backpacks on the market with a sleek design. I have bought and tried other backpacks and this one suits me perfectly. After looking over this pack it has it all the compartments and safety features necessary for off piste adventures, all in a manageable capacity: removable Airbag System,, vertical snowboard carry, diagonal & A-frame ski carry, back panel zippered main access, deployable helmet carry, two-way radio handset or insulated hydration compatible, snow tool/shovel pocket, and a quick-draw ice axe loop.
Probably worth mentioning that the design of this pack is done in collaboration with pro skier Chris Benchetler and pays tribute to The Grateful Dead. Hence the Grateful Dead icon alongside some illustrations by Benchetler. Quite a unique look on the mountain.
There are even hidden pockets for your wallet and phone. A couple of other features I found cool were the fine adjustment of the backpack and adjustable shoulder straps, ensuring the necessary comfort I enjoy. It didn’t pull me down or weigh too much while I was on my board. The back and waist straps are comfortably upholstered, and the backpack is thermally insulated so nothing gets wet inside. The fabric on the backpack has a nice thin feel to it.
If you want the perfect backpack for snowboarding, this is it. Top Marks.
Pros: Very nice feel. Loads of pockets for everything I need when I am on the slopes. A removable airbag (who else has one of these in their backpack?!)
Cons: A few too many clips. I felt if I lost one, I will have to buy a set. Not many colour options.