i bought this bag because its small and it holds everything i need for the mountain. camel pack, walkies/phones, maybe a small lunch bag i pack for myself because sometimes i refuse to sit in the cafeteria and wait for my friends, gloves and goggles. it also has this removable panel which pretty much protects my back from and hard falls. also hold my board without me having to kick it like some of my older bags. its meant for a portable shovel which i have yet to buy. i give this bag 2 thumbs up for people who need more pocket space without a bag getting in the way of lifts.
downside is....wont protect my sandwich from falls =)