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Just the basics.

Load everything in the Black Diamond Bandit Pack when all you need is a shovel, probe, and a little water for a quick backcountry tour or yo-yo out of the resort. Black Diamond created this ultra-minimalist pack for those short one-run trips before work where you only take the bare essentials so you don't have to explain to your manager that you were late because you packed too much gear at 6:00am.

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Anyone tried this pack with a BCA Chugach...

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Anyone tried this pack with a BCA Chugach shovel?

Or if you get a good fit with some other large shovel out there, can tell the size of?

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This has a realativly large shovel sleeve, I would be surprised to see your shovel not fit.

5 5

Good little day pack

Good little resort day pack. Fit some extra gear in it without any hassle. Will hold a shovel and probe + some other stuff for short BC missions.

Fits well and is well made.

Would this pack hold a 2-3 ft fishing rod...

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Would this pack hold a 2-3 ft fishing rod tube in place of skis ?

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Absolutely. You would just need something to catch the attachment. The ski bindings does this, so you would want something...tie on string, rubber bands, etc. Make sense? Hope this helps.

How well does this pack carry skis? I have...

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How well does this pack carry skis? I have a pair of Praxis that are 116mm underfoot. Will this pack carry these well?

Thanks!

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This pack carries skiis well

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Ski carry is kinda janky for larger/heavier skies. I carried Night Trains with Barons on them and tore through two of these packs in a season due to poor strap stitching and overall construction. Better for a litter AT set-up.

Does a 3L Camelbak bladder fit?

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Does a 3L Camelbak bladder fit?

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Yep, plenty of extra space after that too.

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Enough for a spare pair of gloves, socks, and goggle lenses, a multitool/knife/spare tubes/headlamp/compact first aid kit, cell phone, small point and shoot camera and a Contour HD, small lunch/a couple Clif bars and an XL hardshell?

Looking for something lower profile than my Dakine Heli Pro DLX 20L for all day lift served adventures and winter MTBing and I'm debating between this and an Osprey Karve 11 or 16.

For skiing I could probably go down to a 2L bladder if I needed to and do a 3L bladder and softshell or rain/wind jacket for MTB.

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will this hold the mammut alugator shovel...

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will this hold the mammut alugator shovel inside?

4 5

Good but Small

I have the Avalung version and with that, the pack is rather small. If you plan on including an extra layer, lunch, a camera, your shovel, and probe in this thing, it's a tight fit and you really have to be cognizant of what you are packing and how you are packing it. Granted, it can be done, and it forces you to go light and fast, but I kinda wish I had gone with the larger Covert pack instead of this one. It's well designed though and highly suggested that you get a small shovel to fit nicely here.

4 5

Great but small

This is a great pack for inbounds skiing and quick sidecountry tours. You barely notice it, and you can also buy it Avalung-compatible, which is a great option if you'll be in and out of bounds. Keep in mind its pretty small, and if you have a water bottle, snacks, and an extra layer, it's pretty full and a fully insulated coat doesnt fit inside very well- I usually have to rig it on the outside. Other than that, it's got all you need.

4 5

Check your shovel before purchasing

This thing is tiny. I picked up the Avalung version and I had to work pretty hard to get shovel, probe, 2-liter camelback reservoir, and spare layer in to it, even harder to cram climbing skins as well (I don't like to put them in my coat if I'm not running laps on a short hill). The main problem is that I use a Voile Telepro shovel, which has a massive bail. I still have space inside, but zipping up the pack at the end of all that is pretty difficult. I'm glad I got it on sale because I know that the zippers will blow out pretty early in the life of the pack. Still, the extremely low volume and sleek, low profile design are *exactly* what I wanted in a skiing pack given the sorts of back-country stuff I do. This pack is ideal for short tours, or one-run days, or any time where you don't want to bring the kitchen sink and you don't want a deflated, oddly carrying pack despite your minimalist aspirations. I am/was of two minds about the avalung since I didn't see myself ready to actively court avalanches, but its a nice tool to have, especially in a pack that you can wear all day without complaint.

5 5

Best Slackcountry Pack

I tried out a bunch of packs and ended up with this one. Small enough to ride the lifts but big enough to carry all I need for a resort/slack country day. No extra straps or buckles on the outside so you have a nice clean pack that won't get snagged on the lift.

5 5

Great pack!!

I have this pack with the avalung function. Great pack for inbounds snowboarding and the odd bit off sidecountry. Just enough space for avy gear, liquids and a small bite with some clothing for change. Not really recommended for board or ski carry, although you can do this if you have to.

Can this carry a snowboard?

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Can this carry a snowboard?

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Not really...unless you slipped the snowboard through the shoulder straps so that it rested between your back and the backpack (but this really isn't comfortable!)

hi I would like to add a hydration function...

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hi I would like to add a hydration function to this pack. Can you recommend something compatible?

5 5

lift service pack

So far about 10 lift service days and 5 light backcountry days with this pack. Perfect size for lift service I carry a bladder full of water, an extra layer, an extra pair of gloves, a snack and still have room for a little more. For me the pack is very comfortable. I also use it when I bomb around the woods near my house with my light gear. The pack is great for this also. Perfect size for these uses but too small for real backcountry skiing.

5 5

New Color!

The pack hasn't changed much besides the color for the Seth Plaid Orange. Main change is the ski mount. Now it is more offset, left to right for diagonal ski position. Last years pack was vertical. This allows your tails to not bang the back of your legs. Great pack for side country and light backcountry day skiing. Small external pocket with car key hook to help keep them secure. Hydration compatible. Sleeves inside for probe and shovel handle organization. Also a full length pocket that ski loop on bottom tucks into. There is a small buckle for the ski loop that allows you to adjust to you ski tail width. I recommend using the Black Diamond Deploy or Transfer shovels, they fit best in the pack upside down. Fits the essentials plain and simple.

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I have a pair of 2009 obsethed skis that I absolutly love, how well would the ski carry work with them and how does the ski carry work(is it a cable system or straps only)?

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It carries them just fine. It is a strap only system on the tail, has an adjustable buckle on the inside of the bottom of the pack.

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Great pack, but the fabric loop attaching the car key hook on the inside of the small pocket snagged on the zipper. I had to cut a hole on the inside of the pack to get my stuff out of the little exterior pocket. Zip is now jammed shut, making the ext. pocket useless. Thinking of returning it cus I could use that little pocket. If I do, 1st thing I do is cut that silly hook out. Love the pack otherwise, good size, nice features, 'cept that car key hook thingy was a bad idea if you ask me. Dave

what are the dimensions of this pack?...

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what are the dimensions of this pack? length by width by depth.

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20x11x5.5"

does this pack have any sort of stiffening...

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does this pack have any sort of stiffening sheet in the back panel? i'm chasing a small pack that will carry a shovel, probe, bit of food & water, extra layer for day from from a basecamp but can still be rolled up tiny to fit in the top of my touring pack for going in and out

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Don't see one in BD's specs, nor are there any rigid stays. While not specifically a winter pack, have a look at Marmot's Kompressor Plus. It might suit your needs, and has a thin removable closed cell back pad and stows away into it's own lid, making it tiny when packed away. Pretty slick little unit that I've been contemplating for myself for about the same purpose. Hope that helped you out.

4 5

Should work

Won't have a chance to really use it until this next ski season. But I'm thinking it's going to be perfect for what i need. Also it does have a small waist belt, contrary to the specs

4 5

Great Pack

I use this as a training tool: combination hydration pack and weight carrier.

It's very comfortable and fits my frame extremely well (I'm about 5' 10", 167lbs.) I get no chafing or other irritations, and it stays put.

Further, water management is superior to other hydration packs I've used.

My only complaint is that mine certainly was not made in the US! It's Philippine, and for that reason I almost sent it back...

dose this pack have any shoulder straps....

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dose this pack have any shoulder straps. and how tight dose it fit to your back(dose it bounce around when going fast or hucking clifs)

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It is a back pack, so of course it has shoulder straps. It has a chest strap to hold the shoulder straps on as well as a waist belt. It is designed to fit tight and close so you barely notice it when 'going fast or hucking clifs'

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