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See the light with the Black Diamond Revelation Avalung.
- These packs have been inspected and are not included in the 2010 Black Diamond AvaLung Pack Recall
- In the event of an avalanche, the integrated Avalung adds valuable rescue time by pulling oxygen from the surrounding snowpack and expelling carbon dioxide through the bottom exhaust port
- Dedicated front avy tool pocket keeps your rescue gear ready for action
- Sled attachments and ice tool pockets prepare you for trips to the big mountains
- Tuck-away helmet sling and crampon patch holds onto your extra gear
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This is a great pack for the longer split board tours. It can carry everything you'll need plus some for a tour in the backcountry. It only carries a frame ski carry. it fits my black diamond snow saw, black diamond quick-draw 300 probe, and my voile telepro in the front pocket easily. Plus first aid kit, extra layers, lunch and much more in the main compartment. It has a rope holder on the top, which i use to put my helmet on and it works great. Plus the integrated avalung is a no brainier.
Could someone tell me how the crampon patch...
Could someone tell me how the crampon patch works? The instructions do not mention how to put a pair of crampons with this feature. I have tried many possibilities but none seem to be the right way. Thanks
M/L size on a day trip
M/L size stuffed to the gills for a hut trip. The pack worked great even at 38+ lbs. I did move the avalung intake inside the pack (at my own risk) which makes the pack MUCH more comfortable. It seems like BD could place an intake in between the shoulder straps so the box can be inside the pack.
I am tossing up between the Covert and the...
I am tossing up between the Covert and the Revelation Avalung Packs. I would like a pack that can do full day bc trips, with a bit of gear (I often carry a larger camera and a few other non-essentials), but will also double as a general-use backpack for international ski trips - something that I can load up with my laptop, books and other travel bits and pieces when flying. I am concerned the Covert may be a little small for my general-purpose needs, but then I'm also concerned the Revelation may be a little too 'streamlined' for general purpose. Anyone used either of these packs for travelling as well as skiing? I love BD gear and really want the Avalung without the hassles of having to 'convert' some other brand of pack to hold the standalone Avalung. All feedback appreciated.
I got this pack just before a 4 day tour this spring, and I quickly became aware of the design flaw that dennis mentioned. The air intake filter is a 5" long rigid part directly on the crest of your shoulder, preventing the strap from wrapping smoothly over it. After 4 days, my left shoulder was hurting so bad, I had to carry the entire weight on my hips and right shoulder. I don't see how a smaller size could help much, but if you're fixed on getting this pack, try it on fully loaded in a store first!
In addition, the straps to secure ice tool shafts are the equivalent of little rubber bands. One good crash and those puppies are gone. I don't why they skimped on the tried and true here.
Avalanche Burial with Black Diamond AvaLung
On a heli-ski trip out of Haines, AK in April 2008, experienced backcountry skier Chris Cardello was prepared and knew the risks. He was also wearing a helmet cam. This footage is an intense first person perspective on being caught in an avalanche, riding it to burial, breathing through a Black Diamond AvaLung and being rescued by trained professionals. Be safe out there!
The Black Diamond AvaLung allows you to breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack, buying you precious time during a rescue. Rebreathing exhaled air when youre buried causes suffocation because the air becomes oversaturated with carbon dioxide and depleted of oxygen. The AvaLung diverts the exhausted air away from your fresh-air intake zone, considerably extending the time your partners have to conduct a successful recovery.
I am 6ft and 205lbs. Would you suggest...
I am 6ft and 205lbs. Would you suggest the S/M or the M/L?
Does the difference only take into account the volume or the size of the pack as well.
Basically will the S/M be 'shorter' sitting on my back than the M/L?
M/L... I'm 6ft, 160lbs and have the M/L... I tried on both sizes at the Black Diamond store here in SLC and they told me to get the M/L... FWIW I have a 32" inseam... It fits great!
Also, the difference in size in the packs will be negligible - about 2 liters so the small might feel smaller on your back, but like Tyler said, the large will be more comfortable and both will ski about the same. Hope this helps!
The best winter ski pack I've used
I have worn a lot of backcountry oriented packs in my day from a number of manufacturers and find that every one of them had some design flaw that made me ditch the pack sooner or later. I broke down and bought this pack after an avalanche burial a few years ago (without an avalung, but thankfully an excellent and skilled route partner), primarily because of the integrated avalung.
I am pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to BD's well-designed avalung, this pack is fantastic. Just enough room for a long tour or light overnight without being bulky. A great avalanche tool pocket that doesn't bind, even when the pack is jammed full. A comfortable but not over-built suspension (I had none of the issues described in other reviews and think that those relate to incorrect pack sizing). A smart helmet/rope holder over the top that actually works really, really well. Clean, functional A-frame ski carry (even for a short guy like me!)
Thanks BD -- this pack took a lot of iterations to get right, but it is right on now!
Poor Suspension Design!
The AVALUNG is poorly integrated into this pack there is an air intake box which is within the top left shoulder strap, it does not allow the strap to bend over your shoulder and digs into your neck : / NO GOOD very uncomfortable. Also the load lifter straps are nearly pointless because the stiff part of the frame ends below where they attach. I was really excited about this pack due to its clean, simple, and practical design but cannot keep the pack because its too uncomfortable to wear (my friends also agree). I will definetly purchace this pack if and when BD fixes these problems. BD does a great job with most of there products, this is one the the few that needs a little more R&D.