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.