For a more comfortable hiking experience.
Made with Black Diamond's OpenAir technology, the Nitro's back panel, waist belt, and shoulder straps circulate airflow to keep you cool in warmer weather. The zippered panel access opens wide for easy gear retrieval. Black Diamond also equipped the Nitro with an external access hydration sleeve for your own reservoir, attachment loops for trekking poles or ice axes, and multiple pockets at the front, sides, and waist belt for electronics, valuables, layers, and snacks for the trail.
- ReActiv suspension system
- OpenAir back panel, shoulder straps, and waist belt
- Zippered panel access
- External access hydration sleeve
- Trekking pole/ice axe attachment loops
- Front, side, waist belt, and rain cover pockets
- Item #BLD00C0
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I picked up the smaller Black Diamond Bullet last year for a superlight minimalist pack, but needed something a bit more robust for 10-15 mile hikes on an upcoming trip to Scotland, so grabbed a Nitro 22 two days before leaving. Four months and five countries later, still loving it.
What I put in the pack:
-3 L Osprey hydration bladder
-Extra warmth (merino top, synthetic insulation vest, gloves, beanie)
-The Swing Arm straps and ReActiv suspension are killer. Descriptions don’t do it justice. I’m in love. You’ve got to have a little weight in there (7-8 lbs is where I started to notice the difference) but it’s fantastic.
-Sleek. Nothing worse than an overdesigned pack.
-The buckles that cinch down the open back pocket also function as mini compression straps.
-The external-access hydration sleeve is a) pretty minimal (just a fabric divider against the back of the pack, no suspension points or real sleeve to speak of) and b) a little awkward. Doesn’t bother me at all, but I’m sure there are folks with higher expectations around integration.
-Personally could have done without the two side stretch pockets, but they hold Nalgenes just fine.
All in all, perfectly happy with my purchase.
New Favorite Daypack
Looking across the Trotternish Ridge, Isle of Skye, Scotland.