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From the resort to the backcountry, the Agent helps you stay prepared.

For quick slackcountry missions or streamlined day tours, the Black Diamond Agent Avalung Winter Pack gives you just enough space to come prepared for a slide. This lightweight pack’s main panel opening gives you quick access to your shovel and probe, as well as other small essentials like snacks or a light puffy.
  • These packs have been inspected and are not included in the 2010 Black Diamond AvaLung Pack Recall
  • In the event of an avalanche, the integrated Avalung pulls oxygen from surrounding snowpack and expels C02 through bottom exhaust port
  • Diagonal ski-carry cable securely attaches your planks on the bootpack
  • Tuck-away helmet sling holds on to your brain bucket on the skin up
  • Insulated hydration sleeve keeps your water from turning into a brick

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2 5

Nice, but not durrable

Great size for day trips into the side/backcountry, but after using the ski carry about 4 times the lower cable broke. If the cable ski carry system was more durable I would probably give this pack 4 stars. The pocket sizes are perfect, and the avalung is a great backup safety feature.

4 5

great pack!

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

i really like this pack. i ski mainly sidecountry or day touring trips and i am fairly petite (5'3") so i love the small size. along with my probe and shovel (in the avy gear pocket) i have room for food & water, an extra layer (as long as it packs down well), skins, sunscreen, compass, map, sunnies/goggles, and small first aid kit. i recommend it 100% if you are interested in a pack for sidecountry as it's small enough to ride with you on the lifts fairly easily, or if you're short and interested in a pack that actually fits you. the helmet sling is a nice feature-- it fits my helmet (smith holt sz small w/ ear pads removed) perfectly and is very easy to use.
however, although it makes great use of the space, it's still pretty small, so it would be hard to fit all the necessities for anything longer than a day's tour.

only downside: the avalung (on mine at least) is on the left shoulder and there is a largish hard box integrated in the strap. i prefer to carry other things on that shoulder (just other bags, my boots, etc mainly in transit to skiing) and it's a little annoying.

5 5

Couldn't be happier

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love love love this pack. I bought it back in September and since its not snowing here yet I've been using it as an every day bag for work and my EMT class. It fits my 15" computer, a folder, the text book AND the work book in the big pocket with some room on the top for a snack, my stethoscope and some other smaller stuff. Then my BP cuff, inflatable mannequin for CPR and smaller odds and ends in the avalanche gear pocket. Plus a pen, knife, pen light, flash light and a little bottle of hand sanitizer in the mini pocket on the front. I was a little worried the first couple times I wore it because the valve box on the left shoulder seemed to dig in, but after the first week and tweaking the straps so it fit better, I don't even notice it anymore. I'm 5'4 and the 18L fits well length wise, my bf has the outlaw L and that was like 3" too long for my back to be comfortable. I tried it last week on the groomers and it was comfortable and having water right there is excellent. I'm stoked to take it in the back country this winter once we get some real snow, I'm confident it will live up to the hype.

3 5

Meh

On the plus side, it has the avalung and the probe and shovel pockets. Also, it's the right size for my needs (heli-skiing, some lift-served off-piste) Here are the drawbacks:

1. It's hydration system-READY. I.e., there's no bladder. Maybe I should have known that before I bought, but it was an unpleasant surprise when I got it just a few days before a trip and didn't have the opportunity to find a bladder.
2. The helmet holder thing doesn't really work, and if you can get the thing around a helmet, you lose access to the zippered pockets. Dumb.
3. One of the waist strap buckles fell off on the 3rd day of use. Luckily I found it and tied a knot in the strap to keep it secure.
4. This is purely aesthetic, but it's kinda longish for a small pack. IOW, it has a big footprint on your back even though it's not really that big overall, if that makes sense.
5. Finally, it's not very versatile. I wouldn't use it for anything other than backcountry skiing and it was not very convenient on a flight to a ski trip.

What hydration system do you think fits...

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What hydration system do you think fits well and works the best with the agent pack? The hydration sleeve/pocket seems a little narrow at the opening. Thanks.

Will the Agent fit a BD Deploy 7 WITH the...

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Will the Agent fit a BD Deploy 7 WITH the handle attached/retracted?

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Someone else posted this photo a while back - Deploy 7 in the pocket of an Agent pack.

Someone else posted this photo a while back - Deploy 7 in the pocket of an Agent pack.
when ya need to breathe

when ya need to breathe

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why not take an extra measure for your life...you're family will love that you did

Would this pack maby fit something at wide...

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Would this pack maby fit something at wide as a ski with a 123 or 132 mm waist?

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yes there is a really big ski strap

5 5

Get Some!

I upgraded to the Agent from the Black Diamond Bandit avalung and I'm stoked on it. I spent most of last winter riding side country but i'm looking to venture into the backcountry as well now. The Agent provides the additional storage space that Bandit lacked for my backcountry tours. It also has a great ski carry system and a pull out sling to carry your helmet.

4 5

I like it

Great pack. I have a small frame, so I bought a S/M and it fits very nicely. The reinforced zipper pulls on the shovel/probe compartment make for easy opening while wearing gloves. The pack feels balanced and comfortable while carrying skis. The latch on the sternum strap is a bit difficult to use with gloves, but other than that, two thumbs up!

4 5

Great Everyday Pack

This is a great pack for sidecountry and backcountry day trips. It is small and compact which forces you to only bring the essentials. I can fit a shovel, probe, saw, bladder, trekkers, skins, food, and an extra layer with room to spare. The ski carry system is awesome and holds skis with a 120mm waist easily. The avy pocket is great and makes getting to your gear quick and easy. I did have a problem once with the pack coming unzipped, but this was my fault since I left the zipper pulls at the top. After moving them to the side this has yet to happen again. I am very pleased with this pack and will be using it for many years.

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Seconding that verdict statement by statement. Great pack for trailhead to peak(s) if you don't have long approach or need extra gear for bad weather. Pack is not light but super sturdy, doesn't collapse when carrying heavier skis. Great helmet carrying lid too.

Minor issues are avalung digging into shoulder when heavily loaded and missing waist strap padding. Double zip on avy tools compartment would be nice too -- for access with helmet strapped on.

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