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Take a stroll in the mountains and over a glacier with the simple, functional, and durable Black Diamond Demon Backpack.

The Black Diamond Demon Backpack's 1953cu inch volume holds just enough gear to get you through an alpine jaunt, and the beefy 1260D nylon shell withstands years of peaks. This simplistic Black Diamond pack includes only a single ice axe loop and shoulder straps—everything you need for a day of spring mountaineering and nothing more.

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5 5

Simple and Solid

The no-frills design on this pack couple with super burly material to create a good climbing workhorse. I have no concerns when chimneying, bushwacking, or butt-sliding down slabs in the Demon and the hike in is comfortable due to a well designed suspension and full hipbelt. The zippers are bomb-proof--no blowing out seams and sending your gear for an unplanned flight. It would be nice to easily throw a rope over the lid, but I guess this can be achieved with the tiny lashing straps (see sweet MS Paint picture below). All in all, I expect this pack to nobly suffer through years of abuse with no problem.

5 5

Pack it up

I have taken this bag on many trips so far and have been quite pleased. I ran some small rope through the 4 small eyelets and used that to tie my rope to the pack. I have used both the 2L and the 3L w/ insulating pack, The 2L fits perfect, but the 3L with the insulation pack it is a bit tight. All in all, I think I would recommend this pack.

4 5

Shoulder straps

My only complaint about this pack is that the shoulder straps are a just a piece of hard foam. I realize that the pack is probably meant mostly for winter/spring hiking and activities such as rock climbing (indicated by the most prominent feature - the ice axe loop on the outside) where this might be less of an issue when wearing layers and a shell or more).I've used it twice on a couple of hikes in Northern California over the last couple of weekends and am still hoping that the straps will break in and become more comfortable.However, if you're in the market for a spring/summer hiking backpack - there are more comfortable packs.For anything else, this is a great pack and I can see myself bringing it on the mountain a lot in winters to come.I do like the removable aluminum frame sheet. This makes it packable inside a bigger backpack for lengthier trips where you need a summit sack from base camp.

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5 5

Another great pack from BD

This pack is great for quick hikes when you don't need tons and it's pretty light too! This pack has a one-up on the RPM because it has classic compression straps that are really great when you're not carrying a full load, HOWEVER the RPM is HALF the weight but only 6L less in capacity and the RPM has 2 ice axe loops for those for are into the ice-climbing. BUT the demon has a much better waist-belt. BOTTOM LINE.. Demon is great if you can afford the weight and need extra capacity BUT if you're an ultra-lighter... go with the RPM... it's the minimalists' dream.

Got this guy for xmas and love it so far,...

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Got this guy for xmas and love it so far, but what's with the tiny lash loops on the lid? What's supposed to fit through those things?

Got this guy for xmas and love it so far,...
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Looks like loops to attach some kind of shock-cord suspension system to me. At least that's what I would probably use them for, if anything.

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Epic MS Paint! Haha. The technical manual for the pack lists those simply as "Four accessory tie-in points." So, like Geoffery said, get come shock-cord or just some static cord if you are so inclined, and tie some stuff to your pack :D

There is the link to the manual. Check Page three, balloon 7.

the picture looks like it has a waist belt...

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the picture looks like it has a waist belt but the description says it doesn't. Does it have a waist belt?

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There is definitely a waist belt on this pack. Check here for more details:

does this pack have any small interior or...

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does this pack have any small interior or exterior pockets for carrying cell phone or small camera or keys?

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There are zip pockets on top of the lid (outside the pack) and inside the lid (inside the pack).

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... there is also a small pocket without a zipper just below the lid "hinge" (as well as a modest pouch for water bladder)

5 5

Any use!

This is a great pack for many reasons. I bought it because it is very light yet also has a stiff back to keep structure to you and the bag. Also it has a nice opening where you can swing it around and open it away from you instead of towards you. It is very minimalist as it has 3 small pockets, the main compartment, camelbak pocket and 2 compressor chords on each side.

5 5

Great daypack

This pack has plenty of room for a day's worth of climbing gear and other necessities. I have a 3 liter camelbak and it fits fine, however, it is a little tall for the attachment loop. The zipper is good and sturdy and the nylon seems pretty tough.

5 5

Love It

This pack is super comfortable, carries more than enough, works great with my 100oz camelbak and overall just rocks.

5 5

Perfect for a day at the crag

I've come to the conclusion that there is no pack that does it all and my backpack collection is starting to resemble my wife's purse collection. With most of my packs designed for fast/light pursuits, I needed a rockclimbing bag that could hold up to the extra weight and abuse. This is a bomber bag with the perfect amount of space for a day at the crag. It fits everything I need INSIDE (60m rope, 50m webbing, harness, helmet, shoes, quickdraws, chalkbag, lunch, first aid kit, etc). If I run some cord through the loops on the lid and strap my rope to the outside, it opens up some space for my lightweight sleeping bag and bivy. I'm very confident that the material and build will hold up for a long time.

5 5

Daypack Demon

I use this pack to haul my climbing gear and other goodies. Works like a charm!

5 5


Perfect bag to have around the town when I have a couple of things to do (ie gym, work, climbing, whatever). Love it! Exactly what I was looking for.