The more time spent going up, the better.
- reActive XP suspension system blends fixed shoulder straps with an ultra-responsive, floating hip-belt that responds to your body's movements for greater comfort and stability
- Thermoformed, vented back panel helps circulate fresh air between the pack and your back to keep you feeling comfortable when on the move
- IceLink ice tool attachment, three-point haul system, and welded crampon patch make this pack a tailor-made storage and transport unit for metal-grabbing ice warriors
- Tuck-away rope strap helps you stash your lifeline
- Removable lid and hip-belt help you pare the pack down for your summit push
- Hydration compatibility means you don’t have to fumble for your ice brick of a water bottle when you get parched on the approach
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Good design, carries well, not durable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Mission 50 (similarly to other BD climbing packs) has a smart design with basic top-loading access, carries skis or ice climbing gear well, and can be loaded to the brim for a 5 day climb in the mountains. I like the simple design and clean style, but unfortunately the fabric (though it feels durable) rips easily and seams blow out after usage with heavier weights. The Mission 50 is an ideal pack for guiding in the Pacific Northwest for 3 day climbs, but it doesn't last more than a season, either by death via 1,000 tears or seam explosion, pick your poison.
how does this compare to the varient 52?...
how does this compare to the varient 52? Looking at multi-day ski tours and two-day summit pushes in the wasatch, also some summer backpacking in there aswell, what do you recomend? Which one carries avy-gear better?
The varient 52 carries gear softer...but this BD id my fev! and it is bombproof. and I like it back. Good for me
I would go with the Variant 52. The rope strap on this is very annoying, with the buckle hidden away. The Variant crampon pouch is more accommodating of other items (though a bit more fragile). The Variant also has probe pockets. It's also somehow lighter, and feels better-built with better fabric. And while it's nice (though barely noticeable) for lighter loads, I find that the "pivot" waistbelt on the Mission makes me feel more unbalanced when the pack is really full.
I've used the Variant quite a bit and like it a lot for ski touring. But for the money and what you want to use it for the Black Diamond Anarchist is much more orientated for on snow backcountry travel
Is the back panel on this pack rigid or...
Is the back panel on this pack rigid or flexible like the Speed pack. When you stuff the Speed pack bulges into your back making it very uncomfortable.
It's less flexible like the Speed pack.
One more in the quiver
As the owner of many packs I know that one is too few and a million never enough. I added this pack to the quiver as a larger ski/mountaineering pack for when I am shouldering a bit more of the load or decide to bring the kitchen sink on the adventure of the day. It skis well and carries a load quite capably.
Do you know if the external crampon pocket...
Do you know if the external crampon pocket is big enough to fit BD sabretooths? Some past BD packs with external pockets couldn't handle them.
They should be able to go in. the other bd packs have a smaller rig.
I saw this pack at a gear shop and noticed...
I saw this pack at a gear shop and noticed that the buckle for the tuck-away rope strap is secured very deep in the tuck-away pocket, and does not pull out. My fingers had to wriggle deep down into the tight pocket to release it, and it was extremely difficult to re-buckle it. Was this a manufacturing error on BD's part? I imagine the buckle is supposed to be on a 2" webbing leash or something. Has anyone else had a look at this?
P.S. Other than this one gripe, seemed like a spectacular pack, an improvement on the Predator in every way (though durability of the tool ties and straps may be a bit lower).
Contacted BD about this. It's the way the pack is supposed to be, or at least it shouldn't be changing. I'll probably buy one and modify it, then post a full review in some weeks/months.
on the back view photos, there's a zipper...
on the back view photos, there's a zipper on the side. is that a side access to the main compartment? or is there a small pocket on the side? thanks.
That is access to the main compartment.