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Whether you take the Black Diamond Hollowpoint Backpack on a short trail hike, to the crag, or to run errands in town, its 20-liter main compartment holds the bare necessities in style. Black Diamond included a hydration pouch to hold your bladder and keep your thirst satisfied on the trail.

  • Lightweight shoulder straps and webbing hip-belt provide load-distributing suspension without adding excess weight
  • Zip top access point makes packing and unpacking quick and easy
  • Front zip pocket keeps smaller items like your compass or your wallet organized and within easy reach
  • Hydration-compatible for intergalactic thirst-quenching capabilities
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All-around daypack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice little general use daypack. Clean design, great construction. Comfortable enogugh to carry and surprisingly roomy. Seems like it will hold up for quite a while. I mostly use it for hauling stuff around town on my bike and for day hikes.

It's a decent choice for hauling stuff to the crag if you have other people to split the load with. It fits a 60m climbing rope comfortably. You might be able to squeeze a harness in too, but not much else. Or, it has plenty of room for a sport rack and some other gear - just don't expect to be able to stuff a rope, a rack, and everything else you need in here.

Couple things to note: the lower strap sits high on the body - the middle of the abdomen, rather than the hips. Not an issue for me, might drive some people nuts. Also, there's pretty much no way to strap anything on to the outside of this pack. It keeps the design clean, but sometimes it's a pain not to have anywhere to quickly stuff your windbreaker or stash a water bottle.

day pack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack for short day trips to the crag and for the rock climbing gym. I manage to fit my 60m rope, harness, quick draws,ATC and chalk bag in the pack then I put my helmet, shoes and nalgene on carabiners hooked to the gear loops and it works out great.

Decent Pack

    If you want a minimalistic pack with a clean look, this is the pack for you. The sternum and waist straps are solid and there's plenty of room for all your climbing gear, although fitting a 60 or 70 meter rope into the bag along with your gear might be pushing it. I carry two pair of climbing shoes, my harness, chalk bag and bucket, brush kit, water bottle, and a couple belay devices (ATC Guide, GriGri) with biners, with room to probably fit a helmet on top.

    Good BD pack

      I´ve had these bag now for over a year and it has become my every day back pack, you can carry your personal stuff like books, PC, jacket e.t.c, or for 1 night trip, or 1 day of hiking, it is made of a great super resistant material, it has an inside compartment for your hydration system that is great when you go out in your bike , and an outside pocket thats very accessible to keep the stuff you need to reach easy, not very water resistant, if you get it you must get a rain cover for rainy days, i consider these is more like an every day pack to use in the city.


        This is an alright little bag. Its pretty durable, as I would expect from BD, but it doesn't do anything special. If I had actually paid for mine I would be a little disappointed. There aren't any external gear loops (I love the option of strapping stuff on) and the shoulder straps aren't the most comfortable for longer hikes. I mainly use it to take my harness & shoes & stuff to the gym, there isn't enough room for much more so I don't see it having enough space in it to fill it with gear for cragging. If I were buying a school backpack for a kid, I would consider this pack, because like I said its super durable. But then again, its a $65 pack...

        Simple, I like simple

          This thing is really nice when you don't have alot of gear to carry, I like it alot when hitting the rock and I can carry my harness, shoes, all my little doo-dads and my SLR camera. What more can you ask for? It ain't huge, but you knew that getting into it!

          Not for climbing

            I was looking for a small pack to fit approach shoes, water, food, and a layer or two for longer (though single-day) multi-pitch climbs. After receiving the hollowpoint, it was clear that its just too big. So I returned it. Otherwise, looks like a good daypack for hiking, etc.

            My favorite daypack

              Can't say enough good things about this back. Crazy durable construction, relatively weather proof but won't withstand a downpour. Straps aren't the most comfortable I've ever felt but its minor flaw. Love the look and feel of this on my back. Perfect size for a daypack when no technical gear is needed.

              My favorite daypack

              Go with the rpm instead.

                This pack is ok... But it's heavier and lower capacity than the rpm which is a much better pack. This pack gets used as a book bag strictly unless a friend needs to borrow an overnight pack. Still good but there's better from bd for just a lil extra dough

                It's OK but...

                  Pretty much as others have outlined below, the pack has a few shortcomings. The mini pockets won't fully secure your gear and the front compartment uses the main compartment space so when the main compartment is full, there's no room left in the front compartment. Also the vertical zip design for the front compartment access results in wasted space at the top of the front compartment.It's a bit small for a serious day-pack, and the photo here is a bit deceptive because it makes the pack look a bit bigger than it actually is. I think the BD Dart (which is 30L) would be a better choice unless you're specifically after a smaller day-pack. Construction and colour seem to be quite good though so I can't fault it for that. And the design is nice and clean so it shouldn't snag on things too readily.

                  Still going strong....

                    After more than two years of almost daily abuse, my Hollowpoint (the 2006 model) is still going strong. This pack is the perfect size for mundane tasks (daily commutes, going to the gym) as well as more adventurous pursuits (trail-running, summer peak-bagging). My pack is still in great shape; this speaks to Black Diamond's attention to detail and commitment to product excellence.


                      well made, for sure, and i like the styling a lot, but this pack keeps failing tests for me. i originally bought it as a day pack for travel, but because it's so high on the top, you can't wear it on your stomach. then i thought i'd at least use it for bike riding, to replace my messenger bag, but alas, it's too high for that too and kept forcing my head forward. and as another reviewer said, the front pocket has a lot of little mini pockets, but stuff won't stay in them and you're inevitably faced with a gumbo of little things upon arrival. not only that, but because it's not actually a proper section, but just a division of the main compartment, when you have the pack stuffed, the outside pocket gets smashed flat, making it hard to load and basically worthless. i do really like the fit though, although the usefulness of a regular old bookbag type backpack would trump this thing.

                      Another Black Diamond masterpiece

                        Along with the Bullet, perhaps the most perfect small day pack every conceived, Black Diamond's other "perfect" pack is the slightly (5L) larger Hollowpoint (2007-2008 design).

                        Though it goes without saying for a Black Diamond product, the workmanship here is impeccable. I particularly like the well-thought-out dimensions: Though this is a top-loader, you can still reach the bottom of the pack without emptying it first. The body of the bag is wide enough to give you elbowroom when reaching inside, but narrow enough still to give your elbows room to swing -- on the trail, on the ski slope, or racing from one end of an airport to the other.

                        And on that subject, one place this bag really shines is as a travel pack. The small compartment on the outside fits travel documents and accessories nicely (though by big hands would appreciate a longer zipper). The inner compartment is big enough for a good supply of quick-dry shirts, pants, and shorts -- enough for a month in South Africa (World Cup 2010, anyone?) or Southeast Asia or Hawaii -- basically anywhere you don't need multiple layers of bulky cold-weather clothes. And it fits airline carry-on size regulations easily so you don't have to trust it to the airline baggage manglers.

                        In sum, it's a comfortable pack. A stylish pack. A tough pack that you could clip onto a rope and drag up a rock face. A well-sized and thoughtfully dimensioned pack. And, yes, the little whistle on the sternum strap is cute, too.

                        Good but not great

                          Very well made, good shape, very comfortable on the back. The hydration bladder is good and tight, keeping the bladder in it's proper position. The bag fits more than you'd think, but it doesn't collapse on itself when mostly empty - it does not have compression straps, and does not need them.

                          I'm not crazy about the design of the "front pocket" - there are no zippers or velcro closures on the sub-pockets within, so things don't really stay "organized." Instead they tend to migrate.

                          Overall, another fine product by Black Diamond.

                          will my 60m rope fit in the black diamond hallowpoint along with my harness, quickdraws, chalk bag, and a change of clothes?

                          Would this be a good pac for school and...

                          Would this be a good pac for school and then going to the crag on the weekends. I would appreciate your input thank you.

                          How does this compare to the Black diamond...

                          How does this compare to the Black diamond Bullet?
                          Can it handle a 13 inch macbook pro?

                          I'm looking to use it for school/cragging.

                          Thoughts? Suggestions?

                          Just sat down in a coffee shop after a beautiful, sunny bike ride. Currently writing this review on my 13" macbook, which was carried via the BD Hollowpoint. Nice pack for carrying the laptop, charger, a book and a few notebooks.

                          hey so is big enough for rope, if not any...

                          hey so is big enough for rope, if not any recommendations on a pack for a rope and climbing equipment? cheep if possible.

                          All depends on the size of your rope for my rope i use the for a day of trad climbing i the mutant is my go to pack and i find that most the time i end up stuffing the rope ranger in the bottom with the rope and pile everything else on top. good luck!