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Whether you thrive on rock, ice, or prefer to mix it up, the Black Diamond Epic 45 Backpack has got you covered. Built with an ErgoActiv Suspension hip belt that pivots around a central point to comfortably move with your hips and floating SwingArm shoulder straps that are connected via an internal cable to shift with your shoulders without unbalancing your load, the Epic carries all your gear without feeling bulky or uncomfortable, letting you conquer as much vert as your muscles can handle. 

It's got a sleek design, but doesn't sacrifice the features you'd expect in a pack designed for serious climbers. You can tuck your ice tools into the specially-designed PickPockets, lock your crampons down in the removable straps, or take the Epic off and pull it up behind you using the three-point haul system if you'd rather have it off your back. The padded hip belt is removable, but you can't get rid of the hydration-compatible design that will help your insides stay lubed up during a long day, nor can you ditch that "I can't believe everyone doesn't do this!" feeling that you're bound to get topping out a desert tower or finishing off a heavy-duty ice climb.

  • ErgoActive suspension
  • SwingArm shoulder straps
  • Thermo-formed back panel
  • PickPocket ice tool carry
  • Three-point haul system
  • Removable 20mm crampon straps and tuck-away rope strap
  • Removable padded hipbelt
  • Hydration-compatible
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Great Climbing Pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this pack for about a year and a half now and am still pleased. It took me a few climbing trips to learn how I prefer to carry gear, rope, food, water, etc. I removed the lid and waist belt and carry it using just the shoulder straps/chest strap.

My three highlights are: (1) I love that it has two carrying handles front/backside (2) Durability. Straps, pack construction, clips, everything (3) The pack and its contents move with you from the back of my car to talus slopes.

Strongly recommend this pack like all other Black Diamond gear I own.

Awesome pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just used this guy on my first alpine route and freaking loved it. It's designed super well and carries gear very well. The rope strap on the top was great and the ones on the side kept it from flailing around everywhere which made for super easy rope carrying. I really loved the gear loops on the side, I know this is standard for climbing packs, but they were a huge help for climbing with my pack on. I really felt like this pack had all the room I needed and then some, it had all the great features I wanted and I haven't even got to use them all yet. The suspension system was a little weird to get used to at the start, but after a while I really grew to love it and felt like it did a great job of eliminating hot spots. Just watch out if you lean too far to one side with this pack because the suspension system could cause you to tip over if you were on a scramble or something, but still it's a great system and is very innovative. I'd definitely recommend this guy.

Great overnight pack

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a great minimalist overnight pack for backcountry missions. You could probably stretch it for slightly longer missions but the weight would be unsupported in the upper portion of the expandable collar of the main pack compartment. Suspension system worked very well with skis and boots attached to the side of the pack, definitely made booting up some steeper areas a little bit more comfortable because of the give in the shoulder straps and hip belt area. I'll probably use this mostly for overnight ski missions and shorter mountaineering trips as well as quick overnight backpack trips. I also own the Mission 75 and this pack seems to be made with the same durable construction. No signs of failure or surprising wear from either pack. 5' 10" x 165 lbs x torso length 18 - I went with the medium and would say that was perfect.