In 1996, Dakine delivered a design that shaped how we carry gear in the backcountry—a low-volume pack with vertical board carry, diagonal ski carry, and an ice-axe loop was the first of its kind. A quarter-century later, the 96 Heli Pack injects modern materials and technology into a sleek pack with a retro look. Snow tool sleeves in the main compartment keep your shovel and probe at the ready, a large fleece-lined goggle pocket ensures lenses are scratch-free, and an internal sleeve neatly holds a hydration bladder or a laptop, depending on the day.
Dakine started in 1979 on the shores of Maui, when Rob Kaplan set out to create a bombproof surf leash. With a move to the mountains, the business naturally expanded into snow sports. Some of Dakine's most iconic pieces were created out of the wants and wishes of local skiers and snowboarders who strolled in and out of the new office. Dakine pride themselves on the high quality of their products, and we are yet to come across someone who isn't impressed with their durability.