cozwrote a review of Black Diamond Mission 75 Backpack - 4455-4699cu in on July 19, 2011
This pack is great for the light minded weekender/gear hauler... almost! The idea of this pack is phenomenal, and I still want to love it. BUT, as my BD sponsored guide put it, "this was rushed through production, and not quite ready." Both myself and another friend each had one on a recent 4 day cascade glacier climb, and both lost straps due to glue just not holding. This bag is light because of the lack of stitching, and the use of glueing instead. But the glue to fabric choice left both of us needing to improvise to get our gear down the mountain. If not for this issue, I would rate this bag a 5+. It was comfortable, easy to load, held plenty of weight, was light, etc. And the external crampon "satchel" is ingenious! My Grivel G12's strapped to the outside of the packs with no problems. The bag itself just didn't hold together. If revamped/reworked, I would rebuy in a heartbeat. Until then, I can't recommend.