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Don't take chances in the backcountry. Be safe out there with the Avalung-equipped Black Diamond Covert Winter Pack.

Black Diamond integrated an Avalung into their Covert Winter Pack to make backcountry ski days as safe as possible. This incredible pack impressed Couloir Magazine so much they gave it the Design Innovation award. The Avalung's shoulder-mounted mouthpiece is easily accessible to help you survive in an avalanche by allowing you to breathe under the snow. In addition to increasing the chances of your living through an avalanche, the Covert Winter Pack has a dedicated avalanche-gear pocket for your shovel and probe, and carries either skis or a snowboard. *Avalung is not removable.

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4 5

pretty capable

This is a tough daypack with useful ski-specific features (I think it carries long skis better than a long snowboard, but the quick straps and buckles are very handy in general). While I'd rather not carry a pack on chairlifts, I do like it for hiking Highlands Bowl, and I've taken it on a few backcountry day hikes (skin up, ski down, lap or two) in Colorado. I also used the pack for an avalanche safety course, and all the items the instructors told us to carry (including shovel, probe, down puffy, "extra clothes," lunch, 2L water, rope, first aid kit, etc.) fit inside easily enough. Most of my classmates, even the shorter guys and the women, had bigger packs (and a number had Avalung's, including the instructor). I really wouldn't need more room unless I was also going to camp or cook or whatever. I'm 6'4", 170 lbs., and the pack (the M/L) is at least a little short for me, strictly speaking (the belt rides high unless I wear the whole thing a bit low). I just don't find that the pack, even when it's loaded, is heavy enough for this to be a real issue. If I wore a longer/taller pack, I do suppose I'd get a snugger, more supportive fit, which would be important on a multi-day tour, with more gear (or just more food and water). I don't like the way the Avalung hose passes on top of my shoulder because it's kind of hard, and pokes me, and it makes the strap on that side inflexible so it doesn't fit as comfortably as the other strap. It's not a major issue, but I think it would be with a heavier load, or on a longer hike.

4 5

CAREFUL with colors

I bought the black 32l version, large. I'm 1m 87cm tall and the backpack fits great. I put a 2,5l kamelbag in it and it works fine. However, if you don't blow back some air in the hose after drinking, it will easily get frozen (midwinter Eur. Alpes).

Solid materials and plenty of space for long full day trips. Easy to fix the skis.

One major drawback: I used it together with my light blue ski jacket for a week. The vacation was great but my jacket was ruined. The backside of the jacket turned into a mess with large dark grey spots.

Compliments to the gear experts and help desk on the chat. Excellent.

WARNING:
BE CAREFUL not to combine this backpack with ski jackets in very light colors.

5 5

hotness

Not only does this pack fit plenty of gear, you can strap your boots on to the reinforced handle at the top of the pack. Skis clip in really nicely on the back making it much easier to hike and the hydration compatibility is sweet.

I had never skied with a pack before moving to Switzerland and I don't know how I managed without it.

Plus, it even looks hot for walking back from a long day on the hill.

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Wasatch sidecountry with the Avalung Covert

Wasatch sidecountry with the Avalung Covert

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Great pack

hi if you buy the 22litre size does it...

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hi if you buy the 22litre size does it only come in s/m ??? im 5 foot 10 max and 90kgs will i fit it cheers blinky australia..

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This is last years model, which is why it's on sale, and the only size left is the 22L s/m. Being 5'10" the s/m may be a bit short for you, unless you have really long legs and a short torso. It depends how you're proportioned. But it's likely to small.

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Kretzky is pretty on the ball there. You should pull up the BD sizing chart (http://www.backcountry.com/store/sizingchart.html?sizing_id=596) and measure your back as they indicate, then find the Convert on that page, its the 8th one down, to see if your back measurment falls within the range of the recommended pack size.

4 5

SIIIICK PACK, but not for 6'2 dudes

So, first off, the backpack is SICK, super quality, functional, and avalung is definitely key. But I am 6'2 and 210 lbs (not fat either) and this thing is TIIIIIIINY! I just picked up a 32L, size L/XL and it fits perfectly! So for all you tall and big dudes out there, dont get the S/M 22L unless you wanna feel like there is a tiny midget strangling you on your back.

5 5

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The perfect size. This pack rips for day trips. It can be super small for side country. I was able to use it for overnights in Huts in the Alps too.

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What Size Did you Use? S/M or M/L?

4 5

flapping bits a bit annoying

Nice pack! Fits snugly and has enough space for my daily junk (left over breakfast posing as lunch, fleece, beer tokens etc) even after my probe and shovel are stowed away. I love the housing in the right hand shoulder strap for the hydration tube.. some great forward thinking form BD! Just need a thermal pocket for ya MP3 player in the belt strap and BINGO!

My only gripe, as a snowboarder, is that there are way too many dangling bits! Being as this pack will be used (by me) on the lifts a fair amount, I am always conscious that one of the loose straps may get caught up in the chair and leave me hanging! I note that the 2 bottom loops can be partially pulled into the avalanche equipment section.. but they are not completely flush with the packs exterior. You are however, able to remove the 2 bungee things from either side, which is nice. Now I just need some kind of loose-end tidy to keep the lengths from the side fasteners blowing around in the wind!

Other than the above niggling problems I think this is a great pack and I can't wait to put it to some good use (avalung excluded!).

farting duck noise from the avalung!

Being...

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farting duck noise from the avalung!

Being the consummate preparation professional that I am I tested out the avalung today. Not under 6 foot of snow however! The valve/filter that sits on the shoulder strap emits a farting or duck like noise when inhaling and exhaling. The noise does go away if you inhale and exhale hard, but this is counter productive to breathing rhythmically and remaining calm! :)

Is my valve defective? I don't wont to end up pushing CO2 in front of me when I' counting on this baby pushing it away from me :(

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Totally normal noise your avalung is working properly.

do i need the large or small pack? 5 10"...

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do i need the large or small pack? 5 10" 180.

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I am 6' tall and 170 I use a small/medium black diamond avalung covert backpack.

I am 6' tall and 170 I use a small/medium black diamond avalung covert backpack.

Will the MSR lighting ascent snowshoe fit...

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Will the MSR lighting ascent snowshoe fit onto this bag comfortably? or is there another bag/size option for this? Thanks

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The straps do not expand on the sides enough to fit the shoe. You might be able to use the snowboard strapping system. Look at the picture above.

5 5

Great Bag

An excellent backcountry backpack from BD. I have put about 200 days on mine, and it has held up beautifully and is super functional. The integration of the avalung into the backpack is awesome...I had an old school avalung before this and it often was left at home because the fit was akward under a backpack or I just forgot it, now it is fully integrated and I hardly notice it. The shovel and probe pocket is very nice, and does a good job of keeping wet gear from the main compartment. It is pretty roomy, but would not accommodate a huge shovel blade without some zipper issues. The main compartment is sufficient for a long day tour, and the integrated bladder sleeve does a good job of holding a platypus or camelback bladder, while the hose routing does a great job of keeping the hose out of the way and from freezing. My only complaint is the waistbelt, which is a bit lightweight and without much support, though the size of the bag keeps the weight down so it is not a huge issue. Overall a great product, very well designed and solid

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5 5

Great pack for backcountry or inbouds use

The Black Diamond Covert Avalung pack is terrific. It is great for big hikes up bowls or backcountry skiing. There is plenty of room for extra provisions and supplies. There are also designated pockets for backcountry tools such as shovels and probes. The Avalung adds additional support for the threat of an avalanche. Another thing that is really useful, is that one of the straps is built for a hydration system which can be stored in one of the pockets and brought through the strap so you have easy access to it like the Avalung. This is a great back for venturing into the backcountry or skiing adventurous terrain inbounds. The ski carry is good too.

4 5

All around good pack

At 5'10" 175lb I found the 32L L/XL works well. The avalung in the shoulder strap does feel a little off, but carrying skis with boots, crampons, ice axe, and a days worth of other gear got this pack well over 30lbs, and it still carried very well (at that weight no day pack is perfectly comfortable.)

It is loaded with great features, and ski carry options (I prefer A frame). The only down side was the loading design makes it hard to get to items deep in the pack, especially when carrying skis.

It cinches down for lift use, and I have been happy to have the avalung feature on big pow days in bounds. I even used it once at the resort when I fell and ended upside down in deep powder. It is a real handy feature for skiing near tree wells.

how long does black diamond claim you can...

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how long does black diamond claim you can breath thru the tube

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They don't have a set length of time that it will work, because it varies according to things like the snowpack, how loose it is, how wet it is, how fast the user is breathing, and many other factors. It will help you survive, but don't count on it for a long period of time.

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In the field tests for the Avalung pack the buried subject got bored after about forty minutes and they dug him out. He If you are burried in a real avalanche though the situation is likely to be a lot different. I guess if you are buried without any bodily trauma with the avalung in your mouth then you could probably last a while but every situation is different. It is best not to fully rely on any piece of avy gear and just play it as safe as possible. But on the other hand It has saved lives .

3 5

Great pack, not so thrilled with the Avalung

Loved the pack, it fit well, got the L/XL in the 32L but my complaints were with the avalung:

Lost 1 star because the Avalung was LOUD!!! I sounded like a dying duck when breathing through it. Sales said it is normal for it to sound like that but I just wouldn't feel comfortable in the backcountry with that horrible sound.

Lost 1 star because of the integration into the shoulder strap. The right strap was very comfortable but the left strap where the Avalung came through was uncomfortable.

I ended up returning it and going with the same pack without the Avalung and love it.

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You shouldn't have been breathing through the avalanche survival tube as you climbed up the hill. I think you would sound less duck like that way. Maybe...

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Wow. I thought you were joking with this review at first. It made me laugh! I was thinking, "I wouldn't mind if the Avalung was loud because if I am buried I REALLY want somebody to hear me!" Then I realized you were breathing through the tubing while skiing and hiking. Ha ha. Thanks for the laugh.

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It's a great pack somewhere under all that gear.

5 5

Good pack

Quality pack with the avalung that gives you some added comfort while in the backcountry

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