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Stash everything you need to get out in the wilderness for a weekend of adventure.
- Water-resistant taping prevents lingering moisture from seeping through to your gear
- Top-loading design and front zipper provide multiple access points
- Compartment divider, hip-belt pockets, side pockets, and additional front and internal pockets keep you organized
- Hydration-compatible so you don't go thirsty on mileage-heavy trips
- Dedicated straps for trekking poles and sleeping pad
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Cool concept, poor execution
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I convinced my girlfriend (now Fiance) to buy this pack for backpacking and her 2 month trip around the world. I like BD a lot (I'm a climber) and I have a BD pack and love it. I thought the design was cool and innovative... and it was purple (her favorite color).
We went though it and all of the features seemed awesome and we were both stoked on the purchase. We used it to travel to Zion (no backpacking though), and it fared well. However when she left for her world trip, that's when things went south. By her second stop the hip belt came off in customs. There was no mention to having to keep tightening the swivel joint and for the life of her she couldn't find the allen key it came with. She managed to fix it, but confidence was broken. After that the zippers would not close. The taping seems awesome because it will keep water out, but they wont help if you can't close them. Other noted items were, the bottom of the bag (sleeping bag storage) is really narrow. Its has trouble fitting a very small 20 degree down sleeping bag. If she had a synthetic, it would most likely not fit. Also, the material does rip easy on the bottom. One last item, the outside of the pack is totally bare. This is great for traveling, but for backpacking, it's pretty hopeless.
Now on to the things we liked. Color is awesome. The "C" zip that opens to the main compartment is a great feature. The little inner pockets are very handy for organization. The hood is huge and great for putting important things in. When the bag is working and packed well, the swivel system is really great, and comfortable to hike with. I've used this pack for a bit myself and I can totally agree. When it's properly adjusted, it's very nice. The handle on the zippers are nice and big and sturdy (but you do need them to be to over come the zipper its self).
All in all, we wanted to love it, but if she could do it again, she would have gotten a Gregory or Osprey (Jade 70 or Xena 70). Unfortunately not worth it.
Best Fitting backpack I have ever owned.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5'3" woman with scoliosis, this pack is amazing. The ball joint on the hip belt allows for the hips to move and the pack to compensate allowing a good weight balance with hip moment that normally can be challenging on wide hips. The shoulders are comfortable on my chest, not super tight or constricting- it actually sits on my shoulders unlike other bags that just pinched my shoulders without actually sitting on them. You do have to tighten the ball joint more than I would like to- before and after each hike is a good idea or after each day if doing a multi day- comes with an allen wrench. I've done 35lbs over 8 miles with this pack- most comfortable for my frame. The zippers are ok, not like an Osprey at all in that respect, and the fabric I am not convinced is going to last if the pack is treated ruggedly- which I'm not happy about but I will take a well fitting pack over a poorly fitting one any day. The water hose cutout is also small- I would like that to be bigger, but it works. I would also add straps to tighten the pack down from the bottom & an access point from the bottom. Zippers on the hips are awesome. Giving this a high rating b/c of the fit, however it needs better material and zippers.
Bad quality material, bad zippers
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've bought this pack in Spring to use on mountaineering and backcountry skiing trips. While the fit is pretty good, the quality of the pack is bad. The zippers are very hard to open and close and get stuck all the time. After only a couple of trips, the zippers started to break. A few more trips in, the fabric started to deteriorate and my pack got little holes on the front and bottom. For a pack at that price, I expect that the material lasts much longer than that. I really wanted to keep the pack since it's hard for me to find a mountaineering pack that fits well, but I'm not ok with it falling apart after only one season.
Not a good fit
I liked a lot of the features on this pack: the ability to carry a large water bladder, the comfort of the hip-belt, the pockets of the hip-belt, the waterproof zippers, and the trekking pole loops. But I could not get this pack to fit right. I measured my torso length based on Black Diamond's guidelines and ordered the correct size but no matter how I adjusted the straps or the hip-belt height a lot of the weight rested on my shoulders. The shoulder straps were not comfortable, either, which was surprising because I thought the hip-belt was the most comfortable of any I've never tried. I loved a lot of the features and I adored the purple sage color, but I'm sending it back because it wasn't a comfortable fit.