Dakine Pro 2 - Day Backpacks: Reviews


It's tough to find a backcountry pack that carries skis as well as a snowboard, but the 1,600-cubic-inch Pro 2 excels at both. An easy-to-use retract­able-cable system can handle even the fattest of powder skis, and it can accommodate snowboards horizontally or vertically, making it the best board-hauling pack we tested. It carries smaller stuff well, too. The stash pocket's fleece lining helps protect your gadgets. There's a quick-grab compartment on one side for snacks or a hat, and an ice-ax/shovel-handle holder on the other. Inside are slots for snow-safety gear and a hydration bladder, with plenty of room left to handle a day's worth of essentials. All of which, thanks to the back-panel zip, you can access without taking off your skis or board. 3.5 lbs; dakine.com

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