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IS the 32L just too big or can i just pack...
IS the 32L just too big or can i just pack less stuff and cinch it down?
Great for a light day and yes, you can cinch it down! FYI - its bigger in that its taller, or longer on your back, not thicker so it'll still be good to ski with!
Does anyone know how to set up the a-frame...
Does anyone know how to set up the a-frame carry so the brakes don't dig into your back? I've only used diagonal carry packs so i'm not sure what to do. I have a pair of volkl gotamas that i'm carrying, 105 mm underfoot. If any could have a suggestion, that would be great thanks!
The brakes should go against the pack, and a Voile strap at the tips to keep them together.
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Does anyone know if this pack (or know of...
Does anyone know if this pack (or know of any others?) that will fit me? I'm 6'5" tall and all of the packs "hip belts" cut me right accross the belly button! I'd for once like a pack with a hip belt that actually rides on my hips! I will be using it for snowmobilling in the BC, so it can't be too floppy, and needs to carry shovel, probe, beacon etc. as well as emerg. supplies. Any help is appriciated,
Who makes a LONG torso pack?
The Covert here is the longest torso pack that BD makes for winter packs, and at 6'1" I have plenty of room to make it sit lower, so I think that this pack in 32L L/XL would work out for you.
Thnak you Shane. Do you know of any other manufactures of winter packs that I should look at that make LONG torso packs too?
Everyday day pack
I use this as my everyday pack. It fits my 15" MacBook Pro perfect (with a sleeve, too), carries books, shirts, whatever you need.
The pouch for a hydration pack is great when heading out for a day hike.
Lightweight pack, comfortable, flexible!
Write your question here...Is it possible...
Write your question here...Is it possible to put my own avalung bought separately in the Covert backpack?
No, there is no air port for the avalung, or tube holder in the left strap. Plus the one in this pack is a different design than the standard Avalung. Still compatible separate.
I am planning on using this pack for skiing...
I am planning on using this pack for skiing etc... but i also want to use it for carrying my books for going to school. will this pack be well suited for that as well?
Yeah, for sure. It has plenty of room for a couple books, and it is super durable so you can count on it not to get busted up from them.
Sure there would be plenty of room and it is durable to!
Sure, I use it to carry my books and my computer. Though, I placed my computer in a carrying case and put it inside my backpack.
This pack doesn't have water bottle pockets...
This pack doesn't have water bottle pockets or small external/side pockets for other stuff correct? Is this because it is meant for ski/snowboard use?
Yes and Yes to both of your questions.
Need to clarify something before I order....
Need to clarify something before I order. One of the responses says it will hold "anything up to 3L." Does that mean up to and INCLUDING 3L? I'm looking at the 100oz. UnBottle and want to make sure it'll fit. Does anyone know if this will work?
Yes, that's up to and including.
The Covert pack was perfect for a hike up to Tuckermans with full ski gear. While others on my group had much larger Winnebago-sized packs ontheir backs, my Covert did the job without the added load and held the skis in place just fine. I was able to carry my shell, light fleece, extra hat, socks and gloves and some food and water with no problem. And I put my boots on my skis before strapping them onto me pack. Straps for skis were simple to use and very secure and shoulder straps were perfectly padded and stayed in place. It also a very good pack for skiing...low profile, good balance and great fit. Overall, a perfect day trip pack for what I needed.
Only critique of the pack was the lack of side pockets or separate zippered chambers for camera, keys, phone, wallet, etc. With only 2 large chambers for gear, it was hard to get to things as they tended to slip to the bottom or get lost in the stack. BD should consider adding a couple secure small side pockets. The other issue I encountered was that when the trail became tight in spots, having the skis strapped to the pack vertically wasn't great as they would get caught on low trees or branches. I found myself twisting to avoid getting hung up.
Overall, a great bag...solid construction and terrific utility for what I needed.
Any recommendations for a hydration bag...
Any recommendations for a hydration bag for the s/m 32l bag?
Basically anything, but since it is a winter pack, I am going to assume you want something that can remain unfrozen as long as possible, so check out the Camelbak Unbottle. AS for size, you can cram anything up to a 3L reservoir into the Covert.
Good Ski Pack
There are very few touring packs that make the grade but this one comes close. The design is excellent and it carries it's load perfectly and the construction is bomber. This is the first pack with a diagonal ski carry option that actually works except...
The only flaw this pack has is it's biggest demise. NONE of the straps are long enough! Especially the strap(s) that secures the diagonal ski! The rest of the straps are just barley useable with golves on in cold winter conditions, I could not imagine even attempting to use the strap features while on technical terrain in conditions that do not warrent removing your gloves. This is a completely in-excusable design flaw. I don't know what the reason is for this except for saving weight but that ideology of saving grams over functionality removes this pack as a contender for anything but powder touring below timberline. For a hardcore performing mountaineering pack I highly reccommend the BCA Stash Alps 40 (or 55), straps are long enough for gloved hands and it has an excellent webbing system to boot.
Question - I'm considering a Black Diamond...
Question - I'm considering a Black Diamond Covert Pack or a Black Diamond Outlaw - what is the difference and is it worth spending the extra $ for the Outlaw?
I gave a little advice on the question posted to the Outlaw page, hope it will help.
I have never owned an Outlaw but I started using the the 22L Covert with and avalung this season and I love it. I am about 6ft tall and the waist belt rides up around my belly button but that is my only complaint and it has not gotten in the way yet. The pack fits everything I need for a day in the backcountry and calms my nerves a bit because of the avalung, it might be worth getting the model with the built in avalung if your planning on hitting the backcountry at all. It cost a like twenty dollars more but I have noticed that the model with the avalung has been on Tramdock quite often in the last month or so, if your not in a hurry you might be able to catch it for a little cheaper on there. Here is a link to the model with the built in avalung.
San Juan Mountains, Colorado. Rider: Jack Brauer.
I'm 5'10 and measured my back around 20...
I'm 5'10 and measured my back around 20 inches. Should I get the covert 32L in the smaller or larger size? The sizing chart has me right in between sizes.
Get the large. I am on a few inches taller and the large works well on me. Also when you are skiing or snowboarding most people are often hunched forward increasing the length of their back.
BD Covert Pack
I love this pack. It is comfortable, simple and doesnt have all kinds of extra crap that I dont need. For any kind of BC ski trip or even when I'm in the slack country I grab this pack.
Solid pack with nice features
I've got the avalung version of this pack, 32L size. Just enough room for everything you need for day tours. I carry avy gear, a helmet, camera, goggles, spare mittens, water, and a softshell in mine. If it's cold, I'll stick a down vest in there too.
The avalung gives added piece of mind, though I hope to never need it. I like the separate pocket for shovel and probe. Nice to keep that stuff separated from things you get all the time. I carry my helmet with me and don't like it dangling off the back, so having room inside is a plus.
Carries skis well, though you can tell it's a light pack not designed for large loads when they're on there. The rest of the time, fit is comfortable. When I first got it, I wanted more small pockets to keep things organized, but after using it, I haven't missed them.
Overall, great pack. And when you can get it on tramdock, it's that much better.
this is my upgrade over a dakine heli pro. the carry system is amazing and the y suspension sits on your waist quite nicely. it's got all the room i need for a day tour, and maybe an overnight hut if i'm going really light.
Good Ski Pack
This is a great choice for a day pack that fits nicely and organizes gear so it is easy to grab in a pinch and intuitive also.
There are not too many extra additions to this pack that I have not found useful in some way. I did find that the straps for carrying the skis diagonally on the back of the pack could be bigger. Skis are getting awesomely fat these days.
My only complaint is that the pack alone seems quite heavy.
I would like to tow a ski pulk - sled for...
I would like to tow a ski pulk - sled for hut tripping. I cannot see if there are loops to attach the pulk poles on the waist belt.
There are not any "gear loops", but there is webbing that part of the waist belt. It is not sewn to the waist belt all the way around so you could carabiners to it without any problem. I dont think it would interfere with the fit or comfort of the pack at all. I can past photos if you need me to. Hope this helps.
Excellent pack, just needs a few small additions
I can't add much to what has already been said. I have the 32L medium, and it fits me perfectly (6'1" with long legs and short torso). I can fit everything inside it that I need for a day trip, except for a helmet (I have fit the helmet in before, but I have to leave something out like a poofy coat or lunch). I can even fit my BD Deploy 7 shovel in it easily. What I like best is that it has everything you need to be organized and access things easily, but not too many pockets. I also like that the main compartment zips almost all the way down so you can easily pack it and get to stuff in the bottom.
The only two things I would ask for is to make the hip belt more substantial so it transfers more load to the hips and off the shoulders, and add one or two pockets on the belt so I can get to snacks, etc without taking the pack off. (I know, I could carry that in my jacket pockets, but when I'm skinning up I'm usually stripped down to my pocket-less base layer).