A functional pack for day trips through avalanche terrain.
- These packs have been inspected and are not included in the 2010 Black Diamond AvaLung Pack Recall
- Integrated Avalung pulls fresh air from the surrounding snowpack and expels carbon dioxide through the integrated exhaust port
- Front-panel opening gives you quick access to avy-tool organizer pocket
- Tuck-away helmet strap and fleece-line goggle pocket protect your accessories
- Diagonal and vertical ski carry options secure your planks
- Insulated hydration sleeve keeps your water from freezing
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Lot of versatility in this pack.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Covert Avalung pack is great for day trips when I want that extra comfort of having an avalung out. Although there is plenty of room in the main pocket, I've found the avalanche gear pocket (the outside pocket) to be awkward and too tight. After about 2 months, the tube pinched - when I was breathing through it I sounded like some sort of wild beast. I took it into Black Diamond and they were happy to talk to me and fix it. For carrying a snowboard, the straps are pretty wimpy and I had to bulk them up so they wouldn't tear.
Liked everything about the pack until I tried to fit my avalanche safety gear into it. This is a BD bag but my BD Deploy 3 shovel and BCA Probe wouldn't fit into the pocket specifically designed to hold avy gear. I even tried taking the handle out of the shovel and still couldn't get the pocket to zip shut. I definitely wanted an Avalung on my pack since the backcountry has been so sketchy this year, but this bag is going back.
anytime i buy BD i am never let down. their gear is deffinetly minimalist design but with everything run through the ringer so many times you never have a piece of the pack fail. the back does not have a ton of support as it is a smaller pack but the availing feature is great for one thing .....obv if you get stuck in an avalanche....but another use is when you are skiing super deep powder where you have a hard time getting a breach because you just get mouth fills of snow. you can put the mouthpiece in and ski in those powder situations and it makes breathing much easier so i have used this tool a bunch of times.....great company and products
Nice pack. The integrated avalung is handy; don't have to worry about it. Wish they could find a better routing scheme than having the rigid box on the shoulder. Depending on your anatomy, it can bite into your shoulder with a heavy pack.
Pack seems well made and the organization is good.
I have 123mm Skis. Will this pack hold them?
This pack I enjoy very much, it is not too big nor too small, just the right size. It is ideal for the bc riding do, having an Avalung for when times go bad you up to an hour of oxygen vs. 15-25 minutes without it. I view the Avalung pack as important as my probe, shovel, beacon & bc partners.
If you do want a smaller pack for mainly slackcountry I would check out the BD Bandit, my old pack last year until I upgraded to this size.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I really like the features of this pack and the ability to either diagonal carry for a quick bootcamp or A-frame it for extended jaunts on your feet. The Avalung is easy to use and provides a sense of security. My only concern with the pack is the use of somewhat smaller and weak zippers which are prone to snagging, freezing, and bulging under pressure of a full load.
I have purchased this pack, and it is very good. It keeps the stuff dry, and sits well on your back. I really love this pack.
not a bad pack, but the avy pocket is to small, i could not fit my small deploy 3 shovel and probe in the pocket. just seems like a poor design. other than that this would be a great pack.
This pack keeps things organized, and is a good size for day trips. I do wish that it had one smaller compartment besides the soft lined pocket intended for goggles. It's nice to keep a little point and shoot camera, chapstick, and a bit of food handy in a smaller pocket. Other than that I'm pleased with the construction and organization, and the helmet carrier is pretty nifty. This is a great choice if you want an Avalung pack for day trips touring or some slackcountry runs.
Backcountry skiing in the Wasatch Mountains with the BD Covert avalung backpack. You can see the avalung hose (in blue) in this photo.
I own a 32L, had to change from size M to size L (6.0', 170#).
This pack is good for a day trip, but I found it to be quite a pain to carry avy tools, gear and enough layers for variable conditions, plus a camelback 2.0L bladder. plus, the small internal pocket is way too small, it barely fits my log book with pencil, slopemeter. I have a large BD shovel, which has to be broken down into 3 pieces to fit. carrying a probe? it barely fits in the outside pocket. The internal pocket is large, but when you carry first-aid, liners, extra top layer, gloves and a thin thermos for those cold days, it gets tight very quickly.
I feel this pack is a great idea, but needs work to be a great pack, mostly in the realm of organization and space. I would not consider using this pack for multi-day tours...there simply isn't enough room.
hydration integrate (separate buy for the bladder though)
bombproof, somewhat water proof
large main pocket
fully loaded? fits like a glove
day pack only, too small for multi-day tours
sizes smaller than you think
outside pocket not large/deep enough for your quick-grab tools
internal pocket too small, needs another pocket for organization, study and small tool storage
Not knocking this pack, but could always use an upgrade in redesign.
I own this pack but unfortunately I find it to be a bit small for longer tours or for tours where I'm really moving and want to carry a couple layers in my pack. That being said, for resort days it makes a nice pack for some lunch and an extra single layer - but then you're wearing an avalung inbounds which is a bit overkill. In hindsight I would have gone for the avalung on a large pack and snagged this one in the non-avalung version. Construction is solid and the ski carry works great in all configurations.
While I think BD makes a good product this was not the right bag for me. I ordered it in a size small/medium and the front gear pocket didn't fit my avalanche gear. The pocket was too short to house my probe and saw and it barely fit my shovel handle. To me this really reduces the utility of the pack.
This is my second year with this bag. It is holding up very well. minor scuff and 1 small tear. Holds lots of gear. or only bare minimum. The nice thing is the compression straps if needed to tighten it up a bit. Not a fan of the older style ski carry. the new ones are better. My only other gripe is the main pocket only has 1 small pocket. it works well for sunglasses and snacks, but needs more organization pockets. otherwise its a 5 star
how well does this work on the chair lift. does it feel like you are going to fall off.
I have the anarchist in a 32 liter (similar size and shape) and I have no problems with chairlifts, including older chairlifts with smaller seats.
Just take it off. Its a bit large especially if you have skins, probe ,shovel, food etc.
Works fine in Jackson Hole Mtn. Resort & everyone skis with their bc packs on there due to all the awesome bc slackcoutry .
I just loosen the waist belt, pop the sternum strap and remove the left shoulder strap. Now it is super easy to swing round to the side or in front of me. If your helmet is in the sling, its a little more difficult, but still no real big deal.
This pack is just big enough to hold all the stuff I bring on a day tour, but no bigger. It carries well and the dedicated avalanche gear pocket feels nice and organized. However, my large Voile shovel has to be broken down into three pieces in order to fit inside that compartment. I am 6'5", 32" waist and the M/L size is just long enough for my back.
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.