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Black Diamond designed its Speed 30 Backpack for day trips out on the mountain whether you're hiking, biking, alpine or ice climbing. Its removable reActive waist belt moves with your hips so you can bike and hike without any restrictions, and the SwingArm shoulder straps also allow a freedom of movement that you appreciate when you reach through vertical ascents. Black Diamond added its OpenAir mesh to the waist belt, shoulder straps, and the back panel for ultimate breathability that eliminates uncomfortable friction and hot spots. And the V-Lite frame keeps the pack sturdy without adding much weight to it.

The Speed's 210D nailhead material is very durable and light, and Black Diamond welded 420D abrasion overlays in critical areas so it doesn't tear up against the mountain's rocky ridges. One front and two stretch side sleeves provide room for a wind or rain jacket and water bottles. You also get two loops that accommodate either your trekking poles or ice axes, and a clip for a bike light can keep you visible if your day trip lasts past the sunset.

  • Removable reActiv waist belt
  • SwingArm shoulder straps
  • OpenAir back panel, shoulder straps, and waist belt
  • V-Lite frame
  • Top access with floating lid
  • 210D nailhead main material, 420D welded abrasion overlays
  • Hydration compatible
  • 1 front and 2 side stretch sleeves
  • Loops for trekking poles or ice axes, bike light clip

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adequate for the job... that's it

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The backpack is light and pretty well done. Does not suffer from the Epic series issue with uncomfortable hip belt pivot pin, still providing some movement for the arms.
However, as long as I can understand super-thin material to reach low weight, reducing padding from the shoulder straps is pretty ridiculous, they got too thin. Ok for winter with thick jacket in spring or summer it will get uncomfortable for your shoulders soon. Also the M size is huge, Im 179cm and with harness it makes it hard to look up if wearing helmet. S was unavailable when I was bought mine, but also the size chart clearly says im in M. The top pocket can be removed, which is cool. Ski straps could be a bit more reliable, but for a lighweight pack its acceptable. Ice axes mount is stable and good. Be careful placing sharp gear inside, the materials are rather delicate.


Nice pack overall

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have use this pack 3 times so I have a general impression.

BD have made such an incredible pack that is very lightweight, durable convinient even for all-around hiking.

Pro : -Lightweight Pack

-Durable Fabric

-Great ice tool attachement

-Double strip closure is awesome with gloves

-I found the swing arm very nice but thats personnal

-Rope strap is perfect

Cons : -Hydratation system is not very nice. It fits only small bags of water (I have a 1.5L Hydrapack and its close).

-Hipbelt could be more padded but for what this pack is designed for its ok.

-Zipper looks fragile

IMPORTANT : Watch out for the size of the pack. I am about 5'11'' tall and i have a medium. I think this size could fit a normal torso men with height up to 6'01'' easily.

I hope this review help you.


Actually fits

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The largest size is actually tall enough for me -- I usually can't find packs that fit even though they are labeled XL.

It weighed 1269 grams, or 2.8 lbs, on my electronic scale.

The hip belt is very minimally padded and narrow, which is just barely functional for me. It limits the pack to no more than 20 lb load. Seems to be the mfrs' fad this year, crummy hip belts.

Are you sure the 2014 version has "unique...

Are you sure the 2014 version has "unique roll-top access"? BD got rid of the roll-top design in the new packs.

Best Answer

It does have an extended skirt at the top to increase the height, but it's a standard drawstring design, not a roll-top. I was just looking at these in person at Neptune the other day.


Angus is correct, it is a top loading pack with a skirt closure/drawstring. We are currently working on getting that fixed on this page. Thanks for your question!