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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- 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?
Out here first trip with the dog
Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Backpack
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.
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.
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.