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An iconic mountaineer pack designed with clean lines, intuitive organization, and the added safety of the Avalung system.
Organization and safety are everything in the world of elite-level backcountry skiing and mountaineering, and as such, the Black Diamond Revelation Avalung Backpack was designed to fit these principles. An integrated Avalung system extends your potential post-avalanche-burial breathing time, external holders and pockets keep your technical ascending gear and rope within reach, and the articulated suspension system makes even heavy loads feel lighter. Ski easier, climb faster, and do it all with better peace of mind.
- Built-in Avalung system significantly extends your fresh air supply in case you're caught in an avalanche and buried beneath the snow
- Fresh air is pulled from the valve box by your shoulder and through the Avalung mouthpiece, and when you exhale, CO2 is expelled from the exhaust port by your waist
- Avalung mouthpiece and tubing stow away in the shoulder strap when not in use, but are easy to reach so you can extend the mouthpiece just before you drop in
- A-frame only ski carry style keeps the tails of your skis away from your feet when you're kick-stepping your way up a chute
- Padded, adjustable SwingArm straps are linked on the bottom with a cable so they move in concert with any body movement
- Padded, adjustable ergoActiv waist-belt uses a ball-joint to attach directly to the frame so it can pivot as you move and angle the weight to your legs
- Hydration sleeve allows you to use a hydration bladder to stay hydrated, and the insulated design keeps your water from freezing solid
- Enclosed shovel and probe organizer pocket makes it easy to find your entire avy tool kit quickly, and the enclosed design protects your essentials
- Ice tool PickPockets and crampon patch give you quick access to your specialized mountaineering tools
- Other features include a tuck-away helmet holder and strap for holding your climbing or rap rope
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I haven't been able to use it much yet. First impressions are good. This seems like a well made pack with attention to detail all around.
What is the internal organization for avy...
What is the internal organization for avy gear like? The outlaw and covert have separate zippered compartments accessible from the outside but the revelation does not so how easy in emergency can I get my gear without shifting around my lunch and layers?
It does have a separate avy tool compartment, accessed by that big vertical zipper on the back. There is also a strip of velcro along the top of the opening, so that you can open it a bit wider too. I really like this design, because you still have quick access even with an ice axe or helmet attached to the pack.
Love this pack
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this pack for big, cold-day ski tours. This thing fits it all and leaves a little room to spare -- saw, shovel and handle, probe, extra clothes, food, bladder, miscellaneous gear, rain shell, and, best of all, a helmet. I'm not a fan of the helmet carrier (on this bag or any other), so having enough room for a helmet in the pack is essential. The avi. tool organizer/front pocket is awesome for easy access. I skied and climbed Mt. Shasta in one day with this pack last summer; even with every piece of gear (including two axes), loaded to the max, the pack felt great on my back.
Little things that are a bummer: This pack only has an A-frame carrier ... I don't like A-framing. I got an "outdoor tailor" to sew a cross-ski carrier on the pack and it works fantastic. The S/M pack will not accommodate the BCA saw in the avi. tool organizer (it will in the M/L pack).
Note: I'm 5'11 and I fit perfect in the S/M pack. The M/L was somehow huge on me.
Overall: This pack, though a little on the heavier side, is the bomber bag to go with on big days in the backcountry when there's snow involved.
This pack feels awesome even when it's fully loaded.
The Revelation on its way up Going-to-the-Sun Road to find some powder post-road closing to cars. I love this pack!
Making good use of a backcountry ski pack for ice climbing