Day hikers rejoice—this pack helps you take the trail in stride.
- 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
- Zippered panel access makes it a breeze to load and unload this pack
- Hydration sleeve can be accessed externally so you don't have to tear your pack apart to refill your water bladder
- Raincover pocket keeps an accessory rain cover (cover sold separately) easy to reach so your gear stays dry when a storm suddenly strikes
- Also features external holders for your trekking poles, loops for your ice axes for the winter, and a bike light clip for commuting in the city
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Absolutely ideal daypack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a very well-made, cool-looking, and functional choice for any conceivable day hike. The size strikes the perfect balance between not feeling like you have too much bulk for a shorter outing, and not feeling like you won't be able to fit what you need for a longer one. It's clean and compact, but behaves like a larger pack when you really want to stuff more than you need into it. I love the vertical slenderness of it, which puts the weight close to your body, unlike many that really bulge out a lot. There is no doubt that the water bottle pouches are just plain too small, as you feel like you are stretching them to the limit when inserting a typical 1-liter bottle, but they have a position that makes them easy to access unlike some others. Comfort-wise, I think these and the other Black Diamond packs excel. They have great give and flexibility, and a well-vented back-panel that forgoes the all-out springboard gap ventilation approach in favor of a more tucked-in feel, without compromising cooling very much. I was also happy to find that the M/L size has plenty of length for me, which even though I'm a pretty average 6-1, am very tall in the torso. Some packs are riding on my stomach more than my hips, but not this one. I've used it with a hydration pouch which works nicely once slid in, but admittedly takes a bit of fiddling to get in the smallish opening, as others have mentioned. I'm confident you'll be happy with the ideal size, cool, techy look, and true functionality of this pack. People will ask you about it and compliment it too, because it really looks the part. It seems to consistently be on sale too, and in the low 100s, I think it's a simple choice.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This pack is perfect for extended day hikes when lunch and a few layers are necessary. I use it in conjunction with a 3 liter reservoir, which fits perfectly in the external hydration sleeve along the back. Although this pack has no frame, the back panel is very ridged and uses a combination of mesh material with a series of ridges (think ruffles chips) to help keep your back nice and cool.
During the warmer months, I have no need to pack so much and often times find the pack has more volume than needed. But, thanks to its streamlined shape, the extra space doesn't really cause any unwanted baggage, nor does it look silly. However, when carrying a heavier load, the hip belt proves to be super comfy/supportive and adds extra value to the bag when compared with other daypacks of this size.
One reservation I originally had was the open top, external pocket. I felt like it was a waste of space, but slowly came around to be a fan of it. Its nice to stow stuff there for quick access, like an extra layer, snacks, sunscreen, etc. Its a very deep pocket, and as such I've never had an issue with stuff falling out, despite no closure. Its also a nice option to have to store wet stuff so it doesn't soak the rest of your gear in the main pocket.
This pack has no fancy bells and whistles, just a simple, effective low profile pack for getting around the mountains. Although it has extra room at times, if you're looking for a daypack that does it all, this is a great choice.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Although a really pretty and lightweight daypack, I purchased the Nitro for geology field work. Over a day, my partner and I sampled and loaded fist-sized rocks into the backpack. I didn't have a clue how heavy a load it actually was until I took it off at the car and was amazed at its weight and how well the load was distributed without me feeling in in my shoulders or elsewhere. This bodes well for sports hiking, too.
Is that outer pocket (the rain cover pocket,...
Is that outer pocket (the rain cover pocket, I think) made of a stretchy material?
No it's not. It's made from the same material as the rest of the pack. It's more of a shove it pouch, so you can store pretty much anything you want in there.
For anyone else that might read this post - I just purchased this bag (awesome choice for day hikes). To expand on the above answer - While that outer pocket is made of the same nylon material as the rest of the bag, it is attached to the main body with a stretchy gusset on each side. So while the pocket as a whole may not be elasticy, there is definitely the potential to stuff more things in there with that added stretch at the attachment points.
If you're looking at the product photo above, this stretchy material is illustrated by the darker, vertical panel that runs along the pocket in each pic.
Just got this and ran this through a steep section of trails and I must say that I was quite impressed. I have owned many 1-2 day packs and this is my favorite as the suspension system and back panel is a dream (stable, weight balanced and breathable). I carry 2L of water and all my 10 essentials and while this does not take up 20L the option is still there for winter or higher assents. The pack is light for 20L compared to many others and I prefer the bulk loading area opposed to twenty different organization pockets. The down sides are that it is hard to stash poles in the gear loops at the back. I would like to see a mini daisy chain just for those awkward to carry items such as crampons. The reservoir pouch is separate from the main compartment which is nice BUT it is a bit hard to get the bladder in but this is not really a concern for me. Anyway I was quite impressed.
I have the older version of the Nitro. This newer version sheds weight and has a grooved open foam in the back which is a new addition to help with ventilation. The hip belt is also padded and you can hike for days. This new model is more vertical and does not stick out as much keeping your weight closer to your body. Great for climbing/skiing/hiking. Awesome pack, and if you have any problems contact Black Diamond. they will fix it. Bomber pack