Go light, go fast, and go up.
- reActive XP suspension system blends fixed shoulder straps with an ultra-responsive, floating hip-belt that responds to your body's movements for greater comfort and stability
- SwingArm shoulder straps link each shoulder strap to the other by cable, which allows you greater arm mobility when placing a tool and greater load stability during your approach
- Thermoformed, vented back panel helps keep you comfortable when things heat up during the approach
- Roll-top closure with removable top pocket allows you to throw in last-minute essentials like another layer
- IceLink ice tool attachment and welded crampon patch help you efficiently lug your ice gear through the approach
- Hydration compatibility means you don’t have to fumble for a frozen water bottle at camp
- Slip your water reservoir into the inner sleeve for hands-free, on-the-go beverage-ing (reservoir not included)
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I really enjoyed this backpack. I've used a number of different brands in my time, but this pack stands out from the rest. First, it's comfortable to have on your back for hours on end. Second, shape is perfect for multiple outdoor uses. Furthermore, In my opinion go with the 30 size instead of the 22 size, Because it's always nice to have extra cubic inches even on short climbing runs.
I'm wondering something about the new roll top closure. Can one still stuff the top pocket (without detaching it) into the pack and close it like we used to do with draw string top closure?
I have the Epic 35, 50 caliber, and Mission 75. Just for a goof I tried all three. Yes you can cinch the drawstring closed, but it looks kinda funny to me. It works better if you unclip the front straps, though.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This pack is durable, got all the fastening points you would need, is versatile for streamlined summit climbs (can remove backing, hip belt and top pocket) and very comfortable.
I'm 5'11" and I got the medium which fits me perfect. In the photo, I threaded the orange straps through the crampon patch and it secures my crampons which I store in a Black Diamond crampon bag.
I highly recommend it!
I am wondering if this pack will hold this list inside it?
10.1 60meter rope (not using the rope strap but putting it in the pack),
small 2 person tent
and enough for 2 meals (not small ones to get an accurate view)
Im in college looking for a pack that I can use for both school but also take with me on weekend excursions.
If you pack efficiently, I think you could get everything in there. Black Diamond also makes a 40L in this pack which might serve you better for a "weekend" excursion. For school, I would personally find this pack annoying since it's top loading... I prefer a traditional zip style pack for that purpose.
I'm wondering if this pack would be right for me. I want a pack with an alpine climbing capability along with daily cragging activities. I currently have a 50L Arcteryx Muira, and it works well but I want something lighter and with less capacity, but still pretty bombproof. I am also planning on using it for lightweight backpacking (multiday), and considering I'm a small guy who packs nearly nothing I have a feeling 30L is a good place for me. 50L is usually quite a bit of extra space.
I am currently trying to decide between this pack and the BD epic 35L. Any thoughts on the appropriate pack?
Looking at both the packs, it seems like they both have the exact same suspension system (same hip belt and shoulder straps with reactive technology) and similar features. BD packs are very tough so don't worry about that. Ultimately, it's up to you whether you want those extra 5L... I would go for the 35L though. It won't add much weight and you'll have that tad bit of extra space when you need it. However, for multiday trips I don't know how a 30L would suffice... I'd also consider the BD Speed 40.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Another super bomber pack from the good folks at BD. The material feels solid and holds up well to scrapes and general pack abuse. It's not the most water-resistant I've found, but I always have a trash bag liner anyway, so no big deal. I love the Swingarm suspension and how it hugs your body rather than staying rigid on your back; the shoulder straps are pretty thin, but the pack isn't designed for super heavy loads so I don't notice them rubbing, plus the pack carries so well that there's not much weight on your shoulders anyway. I'm also a big fan of the padded bottom. God knows I've accidentally dropped my pack a bit too hard a few too many times so it's nice having that little extra padding and durability. Also the buckles are gloves-on-compatible-for-unbuckling. Super nice for cold days.
The hipbelt is a bit of a PITA to take on and off, the expansion collar is way too big IMHO, and the adjustment buckles on the shoulderstraps and brain have two different ways to thread them, one locked and one free to slide, but they're all things that I've figured out how to resolve and/or deal with efficiently.
All in all, super solid pack full of hidden secrets (okay just one - the tucked away rope strap) but yeah, I love it.
does this pack come with elastic cord or a strap to hold the crampons in place?
[my old sphynx had buckled webbing that came with the pack]
No, the crampon patch doesn't come equipped with straps but it has the loops in place. I use these guys (15" size) to hold my crampons on (BD sabretooth pros, fits great): http://www.backcountry.com/voile-ski-straps-9-through-24-inches-vol0083
These guys are pretty cheap and very durable. The stretch stays good and they wont snap even in frigid temps
Highly recommend the straps above.... I just posted a photo with them attached to the bag.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Super awesome pack. It's very versatile and robust. The reactive technology is great: it allows the back to move with you as opposed to staying completely rigid on your back. The internal frame really helps load the weight onto your hips. Speaking of which, the hip belt is very comfy. The top loading design makes this pack very efficient with space. The ice axe loops are a little weird... I had to read the booklet to figure it out. other than that, the crampon patch and rope strap are great features. This pack is great for one day alpine trips!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Thanks to yellowlab's comment, I finally went for the speed 30.
I'm coming from a Dakine Pro II (26L)
It's an early test, but here are my first impressions.
Pack is very light and versatile
Build quality is really nice
Volume is ideal : it can go from really small to quite big. It looks like its visual aspect always fits the situation : small and sexy looking for day use, growing big and technical in the mountains.
Hip Belt is removable
You can clip both sides of the roll top to the sides (which makes it perfect for everyday use)
Pack is really comfortable and well designed
Paid it 80euros, which is a killer bargain for this quality
Lack of an outer pocket or a hip belt pocket, if you don't want to carry the top one.
As for all technical packs, straps are hanging, which gets on my nerves. I'd really appreciate it if packs could have somekind of a small neopren sheath on the straps. To prevent them from hanging. Not a big deal though,I will make my owns.
I now have to see wether it will be maturing like a fine french wine, or tear appart !
Hi all !
I'm currently looking for the perfect all-around BD pack. I'm hesitating between the speed 30 & the revelation.
I'd use it to go on week ends, but also as an everyday bag, and for MTB, Climbing & Ski !!
What do you guys think ? Would the speed 30 fit ?
Thanks in advance.
I use mine for everything from going to work to going on a business trip overseas. So ya, I think the Speed 30 would fit your needs
I have the mission 75 and it is an awesome pack, but too big for my needs at times. I bought this pack to make myself pack less crap that I don't need. The Speed 30 is supper light, moves with you and is very comfortable loaded. The only thing I don't like about the pack is the roll top closure. That is a very minor thing for me though. Highly recommend this pack.
Looking for a pack that works well for backcountry skiing(splitboarding) and to use for longer summer day hikes. would the straps on the side work well to hold skis? or can anyone recommmend something similar that would?
This would work perfectly for what you describe.
I considered using it for touring because it fits so well, but ruled it out because there is not a convenient or quickly accessable way to store shovel/probe (due to the single compartment and lack of a zipper). I also prefer to have an insulation system for hydration. But if you don't mind those things...
this pack would be great I also recomend the Axis 33L
What size is right for a slim ~6" person? The size chart at BD's site http://goo.gl/PWZ3Q doesn't say how to measure one's torso.
I'm a similar build and fit a size large.
I'm looking into this pack to replace an older (I believe the original) Mountain Hardwear Scrambler for cragging and as a tag-along on multi-pitch lines.
Ideally, this would need to hold a trad rack (double cams BD #0.5-#3, single Metolius Masters #0-#2, 15 nuts, and 15-18 draws), harness, lunch, water and shoes to the crag without becoming unbearable then climb with me on longer routes. This can be accomplished with my Scrambler but I need a masseuse and a case of beer the day after because of how uncomfortable the straps are.
Does anyone have any experience with this use-case or know how they compare in volume/comfort? I always thought the original scrambler packed much smaller than advertised, but maybe that's just me. Also, if anyone would be kind enough to fill up the pack with something similar and post a pic showing what this thing looks like full I would really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance for all the help!
Depending on your needs, this is an awesome pack, or the Osprey Mutant 38 is an awesome pack too. Super comfortable to carry. I've actually used mine a few times backpacking just to use it and I have no complaints.
I love the new design, but last year's model had three outer pockets. Any creative way I could I carry two extra water bottles on the outside of this pack? Maybe clip them to the compression straps? Or would this make it unstable?
I use a water bottle holder for one of my packs, like the one here: http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3655298
You can strap it on pretty much anywhere.
Here's what we use. Straps/webbing on your pack slips right through the webbing on the bottle.
In spite of some of the not so good reviews, we've had the same ones for years, without problems. Some people just don't know how to lash on gear correctly.
I have the Sulfur in a small and it fits like a dream. Because the hip belt is removable and held in place by velcro, I actually moved it up to make the torso length even shorter. The pack stays in place when you run, so I'm assuming on technical terrain it will do the same (I haven't done much more than gentle scrambling). I tried on a few of the BD packs, and this one felt the best. I took off the top pocket, and will probably only use it for overnight stuff. The roll down top is nice for getting your pack small, but is a little inconvenient when you want to access something quickly (like a granola bar... etc). As someone mentioned below, I also noticed that the pack bulges toward your back when the hydration bladder is full.
The sulfur color is slightly more greenish yellow than the picture above. In my opinion, the actual color is better than the picture above.
Does this pack come with straps for the crampon attachment loops?
I usually am able to strap my crampons to the back of just about any pack with a daisy chain. In addition I bet this pack is specially suited for crampon attachment considering it is black diamond and built for alpine climbing.
It should come with a "crampon bikini" (If not it isonly $15 on bd's website and I have used it. It is really nice feature
I have an older version of the Speed 30 and use it for everything. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, and travel. Very simple and strong. I can only imagine that this new version is even better.
There is a hydration pouch below this pocket. It appears that the location of the velcro strap that holds the hydration bladder may be too high (above zippered pocket). There is a loop of webbing below the zippered pocket that could be used to clip a mini biner to the bladder.