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Holds the tools you need to stay on top of the snow and an Avalung in case you go under.

For a quick out-and-back skin lap or fast day tour, the added protection of the Black Diamond Covert Avalung Backpack is hard to beat. The small, classic backpack design holds the minimum—your safety tools—plus a built-in Avalung system, and the cleverly engineered and insanely comfortable shoulder strap and waist-belt system keep your compact load comfortable.

  • 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
  • Ski carry options include a diagonal ski carry cable that retracts when not in use and an A-frame carry system
  • 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

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4 5

Durable, functional, comfy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Holds all the essentials but a pack is only as good as it is comfortable after a day of use (like boots!). The Covert fits the bill.

Durable, functional, comfy
Unanswered Question

What is the length of the shovel pocket...

What is the length of the shovel pocket top to bottom. My shovel is the Voile Telepro with the D handle. Just want to make sure it will fit.

The covert in action

The covert in action

Skiing down Reynolds peak with my trusty avalung at the ready.

Front View

Front View

You can see the handy hydration hose pocket and extended avalung mouth piece.

Dedicated tool pocket

Dedicated tool pocket

The dedicated tool organizer pocket is big enough for a shovel (my shovel handle is extra long and does not fit, but most shovel handles would probably fit), collapsed probe, snow saw and beacon (for before you actually start the tour).

Side view w/ Handy pocket w/ key holder

Side view w/ Handy pocket w/ key holder

The Covert has a very handy side pocket with a key holder. Big enough to carry small essentials.

5 5

awesome all day touring pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this pack for three tours this season, and so far I am very impressed. First, it is comfortable. I am 5'10. 145lbs with about an 18.5" torso length and the S\M fits me just perfect. The padded shoulder straps and hip belt are very comfy and snug down very well. Second, the features are great. In terms of size, I think this backpack is abolsutely perfect for either short or long all day tours in the back country. I carry my probe, shovel (with an extra long handle for leverage), snow saw, first aid kit, mini emergency bivy, 2-3 liters or water in a hydration resevior (the insulted tube storage works great), my down puffy, skins, sunglasses, lunch, and a headlamp, and I still have a bit or room left over for anything extra that I want to bring along. The included helmet net works great and saves space in the pack. And importantly, I think that the avalung itself is well designed. The tube extends quite a bit so you can place it in an easy to reach location right next to your chin. Long story short, this is a great, comfy backpack. During the summer I think I will remove the avalung equipment and use this as my summer day hiking backpack. Lastly, the BD warranty is awesome. My pack came with a defective sternum strap, so they immediately gave me a new pack (shipped to my house within two days, exactly in time for my next tour). BD is awesome.

awesome all day touring pack

Is this pack able to carry a snowboard?

Is this pack able to carry a snowboard?

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No, it's not designed to. Not to say that you couldn't somehow find a way.

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The outlaw is BD's only snowboard carrying pack. Well intended to carry a snowboard anyway. Its awesome all round!

5 5

Good, solid pack

The BD Covert is a good size pack without a bunch of added stuff. I love the shape of the pack as a whole. If you get the right size, it will balance well when fully loaded. Ski carry options are well thought out. Has plenty of space for a shovel/probe and a little extra space in the safety pocket. The soft lined goggle/tech pocket at the top of the pack is roomy for a headlamp/goggles/ sunglasses and some other small items. The main pocket is easily accessible, with room for a packable insulation layer, water bottle(if not using a hydration reservoir), gloves, skins, lunch, and any snow study tools that you may have. The small pocket on the waist belt is handy for small items like a leatherman or knife. Well designed with durable zippers and handles. Good size for long multi-lap days int he backcountry or shorter days in side country, although a smaller pack might be better if you are looking to do side-country exclusively. The Covert offers versatility, which I like. I have had issues with my Avalung not staying bent at the right angle to face my mouth, it seems to be a little limp and won't stay put where I want it to. I am 5'9" with a shorter torso and made the mistake of going with M/L frame and had to switch to the S/M, which fits much better.