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Black Diamond's largest Avalung-equipped backcountry skiing pack (guides, you're welcome).

Massive storage capacity, an articulated suspension system, and a built-in Avalalung system make the Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Backpack the ultimate choice for ski guides or hut-hopping backcountry skiers. Weighing in at just over four pounds, this packs allows you to carry multi-day gear comfortably, and the Avalung system can potentially improve your chances of survival should you get caught and buried in an avalanche. Go further from the resort, travel comfortably, and stay just a little safer when you're bagging fresh turns.

  • Built-in Avalung system significantly extends your fresh air supply in case you're caught in an avalanche and buried beneath the snow
  • Fresh air is pulled from the valve box by your shoulder and through the Avalung mouthpiece, and when you exhale, CO2 is expelled from the exhaust port by your waist
  • Avalung mouthpiece and tubing stow away in the shoulder strap when not in use, but are easy to reach so you can extend the mouthpiece just before you drop in
  • Diagonal and A-frame ski carry options let you attach your skis based on your personal carrying preference
  • Padded, adjustable SwingArm straps are linked on the bottom with a cable so they move in concert with any body movement
  • Padded, adjustable ergoActiv waist-belt uses a ball-joint to attach directly to the frame so it can pivot as you move and angle the weight to your legs
  • Hydration sleeve allows you to use a hydration bladder to stay hydrated, and the insulated design keeps your water from freezing solid
  • Enclosed shovel and probe organizer pocket makes it easy to find your entire avy tool kit quickly, and the enclosed design protects your essentials
  • Ice tool PickPockets give you quick access to your mountaineering tools
  • Other features include a tuck-away helmet holder and strap for holding your climbing or rappelling rope

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No helmet carry? BS

No helmet carry? BS

clipping the helmet to the rope strap under the lid and tightening the brain down holds it very secure and out of the way. I prefer this than a dedicated helmet carry system, which is just extra bulk and weight. And with the Anarchist already weighing close to 5 pounds I start counting the extra ounces.

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GORGEOUS photo Reid!
Looks like your PNW tour is treating your well.
The jealousy I feel cannot be calculated by mortal means!

Balances well.

Balances well.

I was worried about channeling my inner free rider carrying a heavy loaded pack. I think the hipbelt swing arm combo really makes a difference.
Inter Glacier, Mount Rainier.

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Awesome picture Reid !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

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So the Spandex Warriors of Rainier didn't do it?
(sad face) Thanks!!

Carries heavy loads well

Carries heavy loads well

Thats splitboard, boots, helmet ice axe, puffy, shell, gloves, loaf of bread, crampons, cigarettes and well.. my pants..

4 5

Nice, Big Pack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up this to carry splitboarding when my BD Outlaw Avalung wasn't quite big enough - pretty much when carrying a longer rope with crampons, harness, and some mountaineering gear, or for overnights.

No helmet holder like the Outlaw.

No solid board or splitboard in ride-mode carry options.

Side ski carry loops are a bit snug for a splitty. They do the job, but with some wrestlin'.

Spacious. I'd be interested to hear what other reviewers are carrying, but 45L is pretty big for a ski touring pack, and it feels more cavernous than that. This weekend I carried a 40M rope, crampons, 2L of water, harness, some climbing gear, and the rest of my standard touring kit and everything fit well.

ErgoActiv. These are simply my favorite packs for splitboard touring and mountaineering in large part due to how comfortably they right with the ergoActiv.

Avalung. Hopefully I never have to use it but it's nice to know it's there.

Tool pocket. It's organized and easy to access and rips open quickly. It has nice sleeves for your saw, probe, and shovel handle. I carry the BCA Dozer Hoe which has a slightly larger handle and everything fits in the pocket even when I throw in my skins or snow-study kit.

Ice tool carry. Secures an axe beautifully.

Nice, Big Pack
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Clinton, I found you can do a solid board carry by stretching the compression straps around to the opposite sides clip. Works better when the pack isn't fully loaded. Can still use the straps while doing that to hold poles or loose layers.

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It would be nice if the straps were designed for it with opposing male, female ends. The BD climbing packs do that for more options. But that works in a pinch. even with a fully loaded pack.

5 5

good bag super comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

worked like a charm with a heavy load in the back country i love it

good bag   super comfy
5 5

Great bag

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

Light bag with convenient pockets, easy to explain each pocket to friends when they need to reach while its on your back. Awesome ava lung wiring? i guess, easy to pack away or pull out. also great top to ride with the dog over your shoulders. and waist pocket for bear bangers, didn't think about it but came in handy last weekend?

East Peak at Crystal Mountain

East Peak at Crystal Mountain

Topping out after a brutal boot pack. Easy carry. Pack contains my helmet, goggles, shell jacket, tools, snow kit, down jacket and crampons with room to spare!
Don't pay too much attention to what splitboard that is..... It will be out next year.

5 5

Anarchist in the USA

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

I picked this pack up as a replacement\upgrade for my BD Outlaw which I've outgrown as my adventures got more elaborate.
The key feartures I need are: An A-frame carry wide enough for a 140mm splitboard\ski. Easy access to avy tools. Back access. And compression. This pack nails it.
At first I was apprehensive about the top loading being difficult to get at the gear low in the pack but this opens very wide and also can go through the back, which I love the new design using velcro and a single pull instead of having to use the zippers. The compression straps really make the pack versatile for those days when I'm only carrying basic tools, skins, compactor poles and a layer.
The waist belt is a life saver! Its going to be hard to go back to anything else after using this pack on a few longer boot packs and tours with heavy gear.
This pack will replace my Osprey Variant for splitboard approach ice climbs.

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Hey Reid,

Just picked this up, took it out for a tour the other day. I had zero problems with comfort when skinning, my problems came when hiking with my skis on my back/pack. I was on a windy ridge and the swivel hip was driving me nuts. The wind had the pack shifted a bit (due to the swivel) which had the weight off balance.

You ever have any issues with this? I'm curious if I just haven't dialed in this pack yet.

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Hey Mat,
I've had that a few times, usually because of lighter loads in the back. I found I don't use the "ski strap" at the bottom but the compression straps instead and really tighten it down. The other time was that I didn't put a strap around the tips and on a very steep boot pack the whole load tilted. I"m not quite sure how to exactly fix the problem other than being sure the skis are strapped on tight. Perhaps pulling the forward load adjusters on the shoulder straps will angle them better.

2 5

Does not have advertised features!

Obviously, the main feature of this pack is the integrated AvaLung but the features that pushed me across the line to buy the pack were the advertised diagonal ski carry, helmet holder, and fleece goggle pocket. All websites I viewed, including BD's, claim it has these features. Even the instructions included with the pack makes this claim. It does NOT have any of these!! I contacted BD directly to ask if I was overlooking something and they said I was not, this new model does not have the diagonal ski carry, helmet holder, or fleece pocket, and they had not updated their literature from the previous model. Then, the guy goes on in an attempt to get me to sign up for the BD newsletter to learn about new products. Ha! The BD rep asked me what we could do to resolve the issue but I have not heard a response to my suggestion. I just returned from Gulmarg and, fortunately, did not have to use the AvaLung but missed the other features. The Dakine Guide pack is superior, way superior, to this pack but, of course, does not have an integrated AvaLung.

If this pack did not have the AvaLung, I would consider it a very poorly designed pack that no person looking to do multi-day ski touring would think for a second to purchase.