DP wrote a review of Black Diamond Speed 40 Backpack - 2319-2563cu in on March 8, 2014
I was really excited to see the second generation of this pack come through as I really liked the first generation, but I couldn't buy it because I couldn't stand the ice tool attachment system.
This pack was what I was hoping for:
-removable lid, straps, frame, waste belt
-easy ice tool attachment system
-easy to rig A frame and diagonal ski carry systems
But here's why I've returned it and why I won't buy it because I won't use it.
-Swing arm shoulder straps. Bad news.
I didn't know what these were by the description, but basically the two shoulder straps are not fixed to the pack on the lower end. Instead, they are connected to one another with a cord that runs through the lower section of the pack. What this does is it allows for super fluid movement of the shoulders?. too fluid. A pack is supposed to support the load. And when this pack is loaded to 25 lbs, it is unstable and floppy because of this "swing arm" feature.
It get's even worse for the Speed 55. With a bigger pack and a bigger load, the swing arm feature causes the pack to be unwieldy.
I'm not sure why all the pack makers these days want something that will "move with you." I want one that will stay with me and support itself and not toss me around like an uneven weighted barrel. I clean pack with a slim design will move with you without tricks.
So? in the end I'm super disappointed and giving this 1 star simply because I can't use it.
This is a message to BD. Please create a clean alpine pack that also has a clean SUSPENSION. No swing arms. No ergo active nonsense. Just a simple design with the attachment features on this pack and you've won me over.