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A large-capacity pack for working guides or backcountry overnighters.

The durable, top-loading Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Winter Pack is built for guides, ski professionals, and multi-day trips in the backcountry. Whether you’re paying the rent on the mountain or touring between huts, the Anarchist’s 40-liter capacity gives you plenty of room for avy gear, tools, and overnight essentials.
  • 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
  • Dedicated avy tool pocket keeps your probe and shovel ready for action
  • Diagonal and A-frame carry options 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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rock mode

rock mode

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carries a triple rack and two 70m's just fine, i find this pack quite comfortable with weight in it.

all weather

all weather

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good to go for rock or snow

2 5

OK...

I had the older version of this, doesn't look like the new one is a lot different. First, this pack seems like they took a bag, and added straps to it> Which means it doesn't carry well, there's a lot of swinging side to side rather than hugging your back. The integrated avalung is cool but makes a lump in the shoulder strap and you can feel the plastic digging in while carrying anything heavy. the ski carries also kind-of stink. The diagonal has lower loops, but not a very well placed upper strap to hold things securely. The a frame looks like it would work well, but only if the pack is chuck full, and even then the skis slide and slip around a lot, not very secure. The small side zip is also useless. Think, if your pack id full, will you actually be able to open it and access anything? A little but I'd rather have the security of knowing nothing is falling out of my pack.

4 5

Just the right features

The feature set for this pack is very nice- avalung, hydration system, accessible back pocket for your shovel/probe/wet stuff, generous main compartment, twin axe/tool loops, compression straps/ski straps... this is a very flexible mission pack- anything from just your avy gear to an overnight bivy will fit in there.
Standout detail: In addition to the standard top-access to the main pack, you can access the main compartment from the packframe side: thus, you can leave the waistbelt clipped, rotate it around your body to the front, and get at your dry gear without having to put the pack down in the snow.
Only downside to date: I've found that when the brain/top compartment is pulled down snug over the top of the framesheet, the front edge covers the buckles for the load lifter straps, which makes adjusting them with gloves awkward. Given the overall quality and utility of this piece, this is a minor detail.

3 5

Not bad, but not great

I bought one of these Anarchists thinking it would be the bee's knees. It didn't even have a good place to hold my Variant Brim or G10MX despite info saying it was helmet compatible.The Avalung provided good piece of mind. That was the main feature I liked. The last thing I didn't really like was how when descending with my helmet on, the pack limited my range of movement with my helmet on. No looking up, and turning my head would always result in my helmet rubbing the pack.

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Hunter-
Are you using the mesh helmet keeper that is tucked in the top pocket of the pack? It's a pretty cool feature that works for smaller helmets, but needs to be modified to hold larger helmets. I've had the same issue with head movement, but it works better if I tuck the top pack flap into the pack and sinch it up with the cord.

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I've stuffed a full size mountaineering helmet under the mesh cover and it's never budged. I think this helmet cover is a great feature.

5 5

one week in the alps

This pack was the perfect size for a weeks backcountry skiing into the swiss alps. The huts provide you with food and all you need for your sleep so there was plenty space in the pack for all the gear and extra clothing. Traveling in avalanch country it´s comforting to know that just in case of a misshapp, the avalung should give you and your freinds a longer time for a rescue...
Let it snow

one week in the alps

What size bladder would you recommend for...

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What size bladder would you recommend for this pack? Also...would you recommend insulation for the tube and/or bladder?

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I'd go for a 3L bladder. You really could go either way with the insulation for the tube, but I don't think its necessary for the bladder unless you're going to be in a place thats really really cold - the tube, insulated or not, will almost always freeze up before the bladder. That being said, I've gotten away with just a tube in the shoulder sleeve down to the low teens.

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I use a 3L platypus but it's too long and doesn't fill the width but it works. I've had mine in the teens with out freezing the bladder or tube by stuffing it back into the shoulder cover.

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I'd use the CamelBack 70oz antidote reservoir with a neoprene sleeve for insulation. Also, after taking a sip I blow back into the feed tube to push all liquid back into the bag. Never had any freezes this way,even at -20 degrees.

4 5

BD Anarchist,Avilung Pack

A well thought out Pack with the added safety of the Avilung added. 40 liters of volume is plenty of room for, guiding, full on ski mountaineering days, and minimalist overnights. Major plusses are a tool pocket that actually holds a shovel with a large blade, zippered sleeve on the shoulder for a suck sack straw, and zippered access to the main compartment through the back panel. This last feature is something I have seen in other packs, but now have had a chance to use, and I like it a lot.
The pack rides comfortably touring and turning. It is on the heavy side, but handles heavier lodes well because of that. One negative is the way the top pocket interferes with the top shoulder strap adjustment when it is cranked down. Overall I like this pack. PPR

This may be a stupid question, but what...

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This may be a stupid question, but what is the yellow strap for located at the top of the back panel?

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Thats the compression strap for cinching down a full load. This guy does a pretty thorough video review and briefly touches on the subject of that strap: http://vimeo.com/2441111
Hope this helps.

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Also good for strap a rope down between the top of the pack and the brain.

Avalanche Burial with Black Diamond AvaLung

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On a heli-ski trip out of Haines, AK in April 2008, experienced backcountry skier Chris Cardello was prepared and knew the risks. He was also wearing a helmet cam. This footage is an intense first person perspective on being caught in an avalanche, riding it to burial, breathing through a Black Diamond AvaLung and being rescued by trained professionals. Be safe out there!

The Black Diamond AvaLung allows you to breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack, buying you precious time during a rescue. Rebreathing exhaled air when youre buried causes suffocation because the air becomes oversaturated with carbon dioxide and depleted of oxygen. The AvaLung diverts the exhausted air away from your fresh-air intake zone, considerably extending the time your partners have to conduct a successful recovery.

5 5

Super Versitile

One of the best fitting packs I have ever worn. As a somewhat taller individual, 6'2", I have always had problems with my ski packs sliding up on me. The hip belt would end up around my ribs by the end of the run or even worse and annoyingly on the way up. Great for several days going the lightweight route or as a day pack for longer approaches this does it all. I even brought this one up Kilimanjaro! (Without the avalung of course)

Super Versitile
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what size did you end up getting, because i am 6'2" as well, i was just wondering, i was thinking a L/XL

5 5

best BD bag

I bought this in the fall to replace my old covert pack with avalung. The top load design is far better for gear capacity and simplicity, and the back zip panel is the best thing since sliced bread. The seperate front section for probe and shovel does a great job of organizing, and has enough room to throw my skins between laps (and keep whatever is in the main compartment dry). The zippers have been updated, so you no longer zip around the avalung mouthpiece, which was a huge PITA. Overall, an excellent multiday/long tour pack

Is the Avalung part of the pack or is it...

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Is the Avalung part of the pack or is it a removable feature?

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Part of the pack. It is not removable.

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Indeed part of the pack, check out the exhaust vent grill on the bottom of the right hand side of the pack. The bright side is that you never forget your avalung!

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After fiddling with mine, yes it is removable. The blue tubing comes out of the vent grille from the inside (this is why there is a cap attached to the inside). After pulling the orange piece out from the grey grille piece (from the zippered internal pouch) the whole blue tube slides out with some coaxing, leaving just the plastic grille piece with it's cap behind!

Now it is my go to summer climbing pack.

Unanswered Question

Hello,
Couple questions.
I have a daypack...

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Hello,
Couple questions.
I have a daypack that is a bit too small to comfortably tour with. I am looking for a pack that can comfortably carry large skins, down, food, h20, avy gear. I was looking at the BD revelation but it has horrible reviews. Is the anarchist the pack I am looking for? Also, is the internal alluminum frame bothersome? Will it be too big for a single day tour? I know...lots of questions.

5 5

Super pack

Pack of choice for overnight ski tours looking for rad terrain. Big enough to carry bivy kit, stove, food, gear. Carries well. Built in lung is great to have, especially in remote areas.

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This pack coupled with a 3L hydration bladder is the perfect setup.

Does this pack have a vertical snowboard...

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Does this pack have a vertical snowboard carry option? I'm assuming it does just by looking at the straps and because the none avalung model (might be older two) has almost the exact same strap configuration and it says it has snowboard carry capabilities.

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I don't believe it does. It could easily be fitted with a couple of small nylon straps with fastex buckles to create one.

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I've got the previous model (before they incorporated the avalung), and you can carry a snowboard vertically. The compression straps can be undone and clipped across the pack (running through the bindings I find works best). Use the big yellow strap a the top of the pouch to pull the whole load tight to your back and you're golden. It looks a little funny but it works really good.