Dainese Pro Pack review£160.00

Comfortable and protective backpack

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Dainese's Pro Pack is both a back-protector and a riding pack with a trick up its sleeve. The integrated protection is certified to the highest standards, and it provides more complete full-back coverage than most designs currently out there.

For shorter rides or racing, the whole main storage compartment can be removed, leaving the back protector, along with a pocket for a hydration bladder, a couple of pockets for pumps, and a small storage pocket.

With the main storage compartment attached, it’s a veritable all-day pack with 12-litre storage capacity, three external pockets and a helmet carrier. At 993g, it’s not too heavy for a large pack with spine protection, and only 160g lighter without the main storage compartment attached.

Thanks to broad shoulder and waist straps, the pack stays in place exceptionally well while riding, even when loaded up. Our 6ft 3in tester found the adjustable waist strap very handy. The back isn’t particularly well ventilated though, so it does tend to get sweaty when riding on hotter days.

Storage is pretty well laid-out and the integrated waterproof phone case and media pocket are useful features. The helmet carrier holds open face lids securely, but full-faces can sway while riding.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Seb Stott

Technical writer, Tech hub, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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