In the past I have mostly been snowboarding with a simple every-day backpack to hold some lunch and other small stuff. But since it's very loose, not waterproof and not spacious enough sometimes I'm now thinking about getting the right equipment, buying a proper backpack and maybe an emergency kit with a shovel etc.
But upon researching backpacks I started wondering: A lot of them already have at least some sort of a padded back to provide some protection - like this one
So do I then even need a dedicated back protection on top of that?
What I have found about this on the internet is this discussion on snowheads where the tone mostly seems to be in favor of dropping the extra protector (unless of course you ride without backpack on a given day) especially if you carry a shovel back there anyway.
This company seems to want to tackle this problem by selling a true protector that can unfold into a backpack, but it seems to me the major benefits of a backpack (separate compartments, structure, waterproof sections...) are then lost.
So my questions are:
- Should you wear back protection under your backpack?
- Is it disturbing or even unsafe to combine the two? Might things start to slide out of position?
- Should I be looking for a backpack with no proper padding if I wear a protector?