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    Since I am currently able to get nic discount on avalanche backpacks from Mammut I wonder which backpack would be best. If someone could tell me if there is some major difference between Mammut Ride Protection 30l and Mammut Ride Removable Airbag 30l. From what I’ve found

    Ride Protection
    +better protection
    +could purchase bigger pack later (pro version)

    Ride removable
    +airbag won’t block view when deployed
    -no protection for neck head

    My question is if there is some difference in construction? I know that pro version has variable back size but I am not sure if ride protection has this system also? Or should I aim for pro version 35l?

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    Hi Sam,
    welcome to This forum has gotten quiet, so I’m not sure how many responses you will get. But I’ll take a shot, even though I can’t speak from hands on experience. I do own a regular Mammut pack for many years now and love it
    I myself have been window shopping Mammut Avy packs for several seasons now, but never pulled the trigger (for one I’m quite happy with my set-up of standard Avy equipment and Avalung and wondering if an airbag changes my behavior, plus never really wanted to fork out the cash for it (so if you can pass on that nice Mammut discount hit me up 😉 ). Which of course is a stupid reason, as any lifesaving device should be worth it. As I always say, Avy equipment is the most expensive gear you hope to never use.

    I don’t think there is a major difference in construction between the 2 packs, I believe they a very similar, except the shoulder straps that store part of the Protection airbag in the shoulder straps. In the earlier versions that was one big criticism for many people that the straps were bulky and uncomfortable, but Mammut allegedly solved that with the 3.0 version of their airbags (but again, would be nice to hear feedback from people who are actually using it)

    One less marketed fact is that Protection system is removable as well, so you can get different packs with that one too.

    If you prefer the Protection airbag over the regular is mostly a personal preference I would say. To me it makes perfect sense given the fact that a large percentage of Avy fatalities come from Trauma, so to me some extra protection is a good thing (as long as it’s reasonable of course haha. Wouldn’t wanna snowboard in hockey gear right!), but obviously nothing can ensure complete protection from Trauma.

    Not sure how much the view blocking is an issue. I would think once you’ve deployed your airbag you are in a situation where you either try to ride out of the slide to the side and I’m sure you still have enough of a view to do that and that window is very short anyway or you are fighting to stay on top in which case there is not much need to have a panoramic view at all ;).

    Anyway I always liked the Mammut Light Protection Airbag 3.0 30L and it seems it would check your boxes.
    Lighter, provide the extra protection, adjustable back length adjustment, can add other bags later.

    If you want to go for a bigger pack that is entirely personal preference and depends on what you are using it for.
    BUT one of the best things of my Mammut pack is ‘Full rear zipper access to the main compartment’ which the Pro also has. You put your pack on the ground and you can have access to pretty much everything in it, without anything falling out or any digging.

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

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