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Recommend a snowboarding backpack


Q. What is a good backpack for snowboarding? I’d like a fleece-lined goggles-and-sunglasses pocket; the ability to carry the board vertically and horizontally; an organizer pocket that can hold an avalanche probe, beacon and shovel; and a pack capacity of at least 20 liters.
— Nico from the Internet

A. Thanks for the question, Nico. Sounds like you know exactly what you want in a snowboard pack. And I know exactly which pack fits your needs: The Dakine Heli Pro DLX 20L ($105; This one lets you carry your board vertically or horizontally, includes a fleece-lined goggles pocket and a snow tool/shovel pocket, plus it has a carrying capacity of 1,200 cubic inches or 20 liters.

Of course, it’s not cheap, but I’ve tested all sorts of Dakine backpacks over the years, and they are some of the most durable and well-made packs on the market. So treat it right, and you’ll have this pack for a really long time.

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