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When you’re racing to summit the peak before the weather turns, go fast and light with the Black Diamond Astral 40 Backpack. The mid-volume Astral’s reACTIV hip-belt features a women’s-specific cant and shape for optimal fit. The airy back panel and soft, breathable mesh on the shoulder straps and hip hip-belt ensure you’ll be carrying your load in maximum comfort. Remove the top pocket and hip-belt when you’re stripping down to the essentials. Hip-belt pockets keep small items within reach, while the stretch side and front pockets help you stay organized.

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first non-osprey pack, and I am shocked at how lightweight and yet durable it is! Works great for 1-4 day adventures. I've used it as a day pack as well, but it's too bouyant for that; it needs to be weighted and fuller to sit well on my back. Also used it as a climbing bag and it held up well! Compression straps on the side have held all sorts of things and the front pocket is super handy. Overall love it!

love this pack!

    My sister and I both got this backpack and LOVE it. It fits perfectly and is comfortable. We backpacked across Europe for 5 weeks using this pack and loaded it full. At one point we probably had 40lbs. It works best and is most comfortable at about 25-30lbs. The pack held up great and neither one of us ran into any problems. Love the rolltop closure for keeping my things inside safe and dry. It also has lots of adjustable straps for carrying any size load. However, it does not come with a rain cover. My shampoo even spilt all in my bag and it cleaned up perfectly. It’s the perfect size, not too big and not too small. I even use this bag on weekend trips to see friends. My sister also used this pack on her month long trip to New Zealand. I plan on using it on a 3 day backpacking/hiking trip in March. I highly recommend this pack!

    Three days in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness

    Hauled (2-1/2 dome) tent, bag, pad, clothes, etc comfortably but a little more room would have been nice. Partner carried all food/cooking stuff. No need for a day pack, it squashes down perfectly for the summit .

    Three days in the Sangre de Cristo wilderness

    Not for her.

      Pack looks great and appears well made. loaded her up with about 18 lbs on 3 separate occasions and straps dug in pretty good.couldn't get the weight to shift to her hips properly, was uncomfortable after 1 mile. my wife put up with it for 5. thought maybe it just needed some adjusting. we tried everything. decided to return it and give the osprey aura a shot. slightly heavier but may carry a load better with it's aluminum frame. can only recommend this pack for light loads maybe up to 15lbs.

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      Black Diamond Astral 40 Backpack - Women's - 2319-2440cu in

        Never worry about sore shoulders again! Black Diamond's new reActive shoulder straps move with you while keeping the rest of the pack in place on your back. The rolltop will ensure that you keep any water out of your pack. And because this is made by BD, you know that it's high quality!

        Is there a separate rain cover that you...

        Is there a separate rain cover that you can purchase for this pack?