The quality of the pack is excellent and compared to a full on backpack that I used to wear snowboarding this one is a whole lot lighter given that it is smaller and store less items. There is a good amount of medium and small pockets to store misc items which comes in handy for storing my gopro accessories and replacement batteries when shooting on the slopes. Helmet pouch is a nice novelty but not the easiest to use so I just strap my helmet to one of the side straps for when not wearing. I bought a camel bak insulated bladder to use with the pack and it integrates nicely and fits into the bag well. Back protection is adequate, it doesnt offer as much protection as the POC Ergo spine protector that I had, but having this pack on is a lot more stream lined and comfortable as compared to a full on back protector.