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Be prepared, even on a short backcountry run.

The Black Diamond Bandit Avalung Pack does something that other yo-yo packs don't—it helps you breathe under the snow if you're caught in an avalanche. An intake box in the Bandit's shoulder strap pulls fresh air from the snow pack, while your exhaled CO2 gets directed away from your body through an exhaust port at the lower side of this Seth Morrison pro-model pack. Before each run, test the breathing tube on the Bandit to make sure the airway is clear.

  • When you're trapped under the snow, the AvaLung extends your fresh-air supply from roughly 15 minutes to 58 minutes, which increases your odds of being dug out alive
  • Diagonal ski or horizontal snowboard carry for when you need to hike
  • This pack holds a shovel, probe, and a little water, ideal for short backcountry tours
  • An insulated hydration sleeve ensures your water doesn't freeze
  • Freeskier Magazine selected the Bandit as an Editor's Pick
  • Note: These packs have been inspected and are not included in the 2010 Black Diamond AvaLung Pack Recall

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4 5


I have this and the regular bandit. I do find myself using the regular bandit in bounds much more that the avalung version. And usually if I am going out of bounds for any length of time I want a bigger pack. SO this ends up sitting in the closet most of the time. It is nice and functions well...and why not have an avalung. the avalung does take up some space compared to the standard pack and the sleeve that has the avalung in it is a little less comfy. Remove 1 star just because I think it is a little small for use in dedicated back country situations

Hip belt??

Hip belt??

Not really a hip belt. Just some webbing with a buckle. It doesn't do much more than hold the bottom of the pack to you.

Inside bag

Inside bag

BCA b1 shovel in bag. There is a pocket in the front panel that you could put the blade in. Another slot for probe opposite of handle.

5 5


Got this pack for a little more piece of mind in avy-prone areas. Fits nicely, can fit quite a lot inside. Doesn't feel too bad on the lifts, but still pushes you a little off. Haven't had to use the avalung yet, thank goodness. Great pack!

3 5


Very light and and great for day trips. If you over load it it flops around pretty bad, the waist strap could be a little more secure, and the clips could be a litter bigger and easier to use with gloves.

4 5

Perfection in details. Almost

Perfect fit, really comfortable. Bought it to have some ava-safety and to eliminate size of my Deuter Freerider 26, which feels bulky on sidecountry trips.
The only complain I have for the momemt - I hate when straps are not fixed after adjustment. All straps (shoulder, waist) have about 30cm of hovering belts, and I was surprised when have not found fixes for at least waist straps. Will need to find out the best way to add them.

4 5

Side country

This is a nice light weight pack and the ski carry is wide enough for any ski you can find. Even with the avalung it is very light. I cant fit my old shovel in it any where so if I want to keep it I will have to get a smaller shovel. I think the only one that will fit is the quick draw shovel made by BD.

Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel. is the one that fits.

5 5


Got this model for my wife who does not like big and bulky packs - sits real well while snowboarding and the avvy feature just adds up to make this a great pack for the snow.

5 5

Minimalist Pack

Great Pack! Use it for days on the resort while ducking under ropes. Enough to carry the bare essentials (Avy poles, shovel, couple extra layers, and snacks). Minimalist option, great construction, hardly notice it's there.

Blower 4 Pines pow

Blower 4 Pines pow

Recovering from being thrown back seat from what I though was a small hit, & was a tad bigger. At least this time you can actually see the pack at first glance.

Blower 4 Pines pow

Blower 4 Pines pow

If you look really, really, really, really, really, really closely beyond the JH slackcountry blower pow in 4 Pines you can the Avalung in Bandit in action.

5 5

Solid smaller slackcountry bc pack

I ski Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and this is an ideal pack for the Tetons with all the slackcountry off JHMR & Teton Pass. It is fairly simplistic for day trips, basically it has room for your probe, skins, shovel, & few extra items. It is lightweight & does not feel bulky.

The only con is the smaller size, I upgraded to the medium sized Black Diamond Corvert Avalung pack that I got a deal I could not pass up on. I loved the Bandit pack, it was all I really needed for JHMR slackcountry. However, on trips with more length of hiking/skinning (like Grand Teton Nat'l park for example) it was hard to squeeze in extra supplies into the pack.

If you just wanna do just shorter bc or slackcountry trips this pack for you. This is an ideal to have for a mtn with a lot of slackcountry options.

Is this the new Fall 2011 version of the...

Is this the new Fall 2011 version of the Bandit Avalung pack that has been re-engineered after the recall?

Even if you get the 2009 or 2010 version Black Diamond will take care ya. You just need to mail the Avalung to BD or stop by the main office in SLC.

Unanswered Question

I've got a pair of center-mounted fatties....

I've got a pair of center-mounted fatties. When I try and carry them with this backpack my boots keep clipping the tails. Not only is it annoying but also potentially dangerous walking on gnar ridges. I tried hooking the top strap below my front bindings to give more clearance but this made the strap anchor rip off the pack because it was holding too much weight. What to do? Just got a new one off warranty and trying to figure out the deal.

How does the diagonal ski carry system...

How does the diagonal ski carry system work? I don't see loops... Thanks!

On the two loops on the top of the pack, there is a strap with a small clip (not pictured in the picture w/ the pack) you feed into it. That is the only thing I'm not crazy about on the pack, but it is minimalist style of pack.

I keep the strap clipped into one of the inside clips (on the top inside) on the pack whenever possible when I'm riding. I never want to have to dig through the pack or never loose them when I'm not hiking. I'm always worried to if I keep it on the outside it'll come off, snag you up in the trees and/or break.

It would just suck to lose that strap & have to scramble up something like Cody Peak (half way it gets pretty gnarly at times). I got an extra strap for free from BD when I was worried it would get lost. They are pretty cool guys there at the SLC headquarters.

If I pack a couple of bottles of water in...

If I pack a couple of bottles of water in the backpack will they freeze or is it warm enough inside to keep them unfrozen.

Totally depends on how cold it is outside. You'd probably be fine down to the low/mid twenties. Below that and depending on how long they were in the bag, you might have some problems. Platypus does make a flexible water bottle/bag type thing that you can stick in a jacket pocket and use your body heat to keep from melting. Might be more comfortable than doing it with a hard sided water bottle as that might be the only way to keep the liquid from freezing. You could also try using an insulated thermos!

Use a Camelbak, there is an integrated feature for that in the pack.

5 5

side country, small mish wizard

I love this pack for small tours and for little trips out of the resort because it holds the load really nicely on your back so that it skis lighter than it really is. Only caution is that it certainly is a small pack, so it requires a little tetris to get skins, trekkers, and other gear in there.

Would this pack work for me? I'm around...

Would this pack work for me? I'm around 6'5 and on the skinny side (around 190 pounds).

Depends on how much junk you want to pack. This is a tiny pack, it may look funny. I say go for the BD Agent, it slim and low profile but a tad longer and has a better shovel compartment.

Avalanche Burial with Black Diamond AvaLung

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.