Sleek, sturdy AvaLung touring pack for dawn patrols or sidecountry excursions.
The deepest turns of the season could be just outside of the resort gates or just waiting for you in your secret dawn-patrol stash. With the Black Diamond Covert AvaLung Winter Pack, you can easily carry your avy gear and benefit from the improved AvaLung breathing system. For the '12-'13 season, Black Diamond gave this pack both a sleeker, lower-profile design and an improved, integrated AvaLung that enhances your chances of surviving a full avalanche burial.
- ergoActiv suspension features SwingArm Shoulder Straps, an ergoActiv waist-belt, and an aluminum V-Motion Frame for stability and comfort in challenging terrain
- 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
- Padded back panel and 6mm 6061 aluminum V-Motion frame ensure stability as you scramble up a ridge
- Zippered front pocket holds a shovel, handle, and probe, and can be accessed with skis attached for drills or real-life rescues
- Fully featured pack weighs 4lb 6oz (M/L), and its zippered main compartment holds an extra layer, snacks, and a water reservoir
- New for the 2012-2013 season, the AvaLung breathing valve box on the shoulder strap enhances airflow and adds comfort to the shoulder strap
- When you're ready to tour, unzip the breathing tube from the shoulder strap, pull it out, and stick it in your mouth—in the event of an avalanche, the integrated AvaLung pulls oxygen from the surrounding snowpack and expels C02 through bottom exhaust port so you have breathable air for a longer amount of time (approximately 58 minutes)
- AvaLung technology can be removed completely so you can use this pack for summer climbing and hiking
- Front tuck-away helmet sling secures your brain bucket while you skin or hike and stows out of the way when not in use
- Tough nylon fabrics withstand lots of tree skiing and multiple seasons in the Rockies
- Insulated hydration sleeve keeps your liquids flowing while you tour the high, dry alpine, and an internal sleeve and hook hold your reservoir in place (reservoir sold separately)
- Top fleece-lined pocket holds your goggles so they don't get scratched or foggy
- Waist-belt zip pockets hold snacks, a radio, or a small camera
- Coated, pull-out wire ski loop enables diagonal ski carry as you boot up a couloir
- Two side compression straps lock down the load to keep it feeling solid while you ski or climb
Share your thoughts
Good, but Airbag packs are better,....
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Avalung is still solid, but do the right thing, paying a little more & get an Airbag pack. I've been caught in a slide (was not buried, but still scares the hell out of me still thinking about it) & it was tough getting the Avalung tube in my mouth when in the slide even it just a 4-6 inches a away.
If you want a BD product, DB is coming out with an Airbag pack this fall/winter. I have buddies you have ABS/Airbag packs who have had to use their ABS packs in the JH slackcountry, I would rather stay on top of the snow vs. be buried with a breathing tube.
The Avalung was awesome when it came out, but NOW IT IS OUT OF DATE. Spend a little more & get a Airbag pack. How much is your life worth???? Take it from somebody who has been caught in a slide when i was trying to do a ski cut testing the snow.
If you can't afford a ABS pack (they are pricey) I can understand that, find an Avalung for a deal, but keep in mind you want to eventually get an Airbag pack. Your life could depend on it.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This pack is just right for a day of touring. The sleek design leaves little room for excess gear (the addition of ski crampons to my pack made it a squeeze). The swing arm is DELIGHTFUL--makes you feel as though you are not even wearing a pack while skiing, and the pack cinches down easily should you choose to wear it for sidecountry excursions. The separate compartment for shovel and probe makes the essential backcountry tools easily accessible. In all, I love this pack for its comfort, ease of use, organization and good looks!