Owner REVIEW- Dakine Pro 2 backpack (needs reformatting?)
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DAKINE PRO 2
Name: Keith Mitchell
Height: 6'0" (182.88 cm.)
Weight: 175 lbs. (79.38 kg)
EMail address: Rkeith@...
Bend, Oregon U.S.A
Backpacking Background: I grew up hiking and camping in the Green Mountains of
northern Vermont, where every conceivable form of inclement weather is tolerated. Now I
live in central Oregon and hike the Cascade mountains and high desert where the weather
is pretty nice and the nights are cool and bug free! I'd like to consider myself a lightweight
backpacker...but refuse to compromise my comfort for a few pounds...yet. I use a tarp/
bivy sack when backpacking solo and a Jumbo dome tent when car camping with my wife
and dog. I am prone to fits of wanderlust that have taken me across this country... and
Year of manufacture: 2008
Listed weight: 3 lbs (1.36kg)
Shipped weight:3.5 lbs (1.59kg)
Description: backcountry ski and snowboard pack
Material: 630D Nylon
Volume:1600 cu. in. (26L)
comes in different colors every year(mine is black)
Supplied as a loose bag with a tag from the manufacturer with all the straps drawn tight
and all buckles buckled.
Cross and vertical snowboard carry
Retractable diagonal ski carry straps
Fleece lined goggle pocket
Insulated hydration tube sleeve
Hydration bladder sleeve
Two organizer pockets in main compartment
"Quick draw" ice axe/shovel handle sleeve
Back access entry
External snow tool/ shovel pocket with H2O drain
Waterproof fleece lined camera pocket on hip belt
Easy access side pocket
Nice wide hip belt and shoulder straps...sternum strap too
There is a sheet of some kind of semi rigid plastic that serves as the packs "frame"
Here are some pictures
First and foremost this pack is for hiking peaks and skiing down them, however, I use this
bag for day-hikes, biking and errand running too. What can I say? This pack has style.
This is a bomber design which explains the weight at 3.5 pounds. Prior experience with
Dakine products led me to this purchase.
Lets start with features:
Both horizontal(cross) and vertical snowboard carry setups work flawlessly with a variety
of snowboards and snowshoes fit well in the vertical carry. The diagonal ski carry works
well for trekking poles(I've never used it for skis but the strap and cable open up quite
large for giant powder skis)and both straps retract out of sight when not in use. The
google pocket is large enough to accommodate large ski goggles and other things as well.
The ingenious hydro sleeve is a hollow section in one of the shoulder straps the insulates
your hydration tube and unzips to expose it for drinking. This hasn't frozen even when it
was painfully cold out which is awesome because no other pack i've seen has this so you
usually have to take off your pack to drink... which isn't so easy with a snowboard
strapped to it. Which brings me to the zippered rear entry panel. The whole cavernous
main compartment (touching your back)opens with a beefy U shaped zipper (think athletic
bag) allowing you to leave the snowboard strapped on while you find your hat. The ice
axe/ shovel handle sleeve opens with a simple buckle to give access quickly should you
need said ice axe. The front snow tool compartment (which is quite large) has some sewn
in sleeves to keep avalanche probes and shovel handles in check as well as plenty of space
for a shovel blade, and when you put that snowy wet shovel back into the bag, there's a
little vent in the bottom of that compartment to help the wetness escape. There's also
another side pocket (accessible without taking the pack off) that will hold a 32 oz.
Nalgene bottle or your gloves when you are sweating your way up the mountain. And
possibly the coolest feature is the fleece lined waterproof camera pocket on the hip belt so
you can snap a picture without breaking stride.The level of organization possible in this
bag helps me to have a fun and safe time without too much time wasted looking for a
granola bar or a bandanna.
I've worn this pack probably more than 20 days hiking and snowboarding during this
winter, which has exposed me to below zero temperatures, snow, 70 degree days and
everything in between. I've also worn it a dozen times to the library and around town(it's
great full of heavy books). While it's not waterproof, it hasn't let the wet in yet (I haven't
worn it in a downpour yet as it almost never rains in central Oregon). Also, this is a winter
pack, so keeping snow out is it's main job. Everything seems to work fine in the cold and
high elevation(9,000 ft./2,700+ meters) as well as warm days at 3,500+ feet.
While a 26 liter pack isn't particularly large I find it strikes a nice balance between a
mountaineers pack and a simple hydration pack. I have no trouble stuffing my helmet,
goggles, extra layer, food, water, avalanche safety stuff, and camera into this thing.
Strapping a board on and post-holeing my way up the snowy mountain, then taking out
helmet etc, cinching the straps down and having a comfortable, stable backpack for the
The durability of this thing is amazing too...no real wear to be seen on any of it! Just dirt.
Summary: If you're looking for a mixed-use winter recreation bag that you can beat on
and trust; you value organization and nice shoulder and waist straps over ounces of pack
weight, this is your bag.
Carry everything you need for a day on the snowy mountain and beyond
waterproof fleece lined camera pocket keeps small cameras snug and dry
stable fit on your back(this thing hugs like a koala bear)
I am normally very critical of my gear, but this was hard
Main bag not waterproof
exterior ice axe/shovel handle sleeve a bit tight for my shovel handle
$100 price tag
I think I like this pack too much
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