The Speed 30 Backpack is a staple in the Black Diamond lineup and has been used in the alpine in remote mountain ranges in interior BC and the Andes. BD designed the Speed for fast and light ascents by giving it a basic top-loading design and strippable components to make the pack that much more versatile in the high mountains. In order to make the pack bit more comfortable than previous iterations, the Speed 30 now sports newly redesigned shoulder straps and a backpanel, and it's also equipped with Black Diamond's Active suspension, which allows your upper body to rotate naturally whether you're roped up on the final push to the summit or hiking across soggy alpine meadows. The lid, hipbelt, and framesheet can all be removed from the pack, while the drawcord skirt closure prevents snow and light rains from entering the main compartment when the top lid is removed. The pack also features PickPockets for your ice axes and snag-free crampon straps to keep your talons ready for the snow and ice you'll eventually encounter in the alpine.
- Thermoformed backpanel
- Active suspension
- Removable framesheet (doubles as bivy pad)
- Top access with drawcord closure and removable lid
- Tuck-away rope strap
- Hydration system compatible
- Ice tool carry and removable crampon straps
- Strippable design
- Hydration compatible
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- Q & A
Best all around day pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought this for technical climbing and it's been a great rock, ice and alpine pack for anything that doesn't require an overnight, but also has doubled as a ski touring and urban pack. I almost exclusively use it without the top compartment and hip belt, but these come in handy in winter sometimes for extra volume and support either when back country skiing or when ice climbing in very cold weather where extra insulating layers are needed (mittens, parka, etc). It's also served as a great shopping and commuter bag around town. Durability has also been pretty good. The shoulder strap pivot has gotten a bit rusty (figuratively) over time, and the aluminum poles in the removable rigid backrest piece have broken, but neither has been a big issue, and I'm sure BD would warranty that if I sent it in (they've been very good about this in the past). The pack fabric has held up quite well to a beating and is particularly robust on the bottom and back where it would take the most wear (e.g. rubbing against the ground or when worming your way up chimnies). The fabric making up the left and right sides of the pack is not as robust, but it held up just fine to rubbing against the edges on my skis when a-framed on the handful of times I've used the pack touring. The pack also carries very well. Only wish it had some kind of diagonal ski carry capabilities and it would be my only day pack (BD has a superficially similar ski pack, but it doesn't carry or strip down as well).
If Hermione Had a Crag Pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have only had this pack for a month or so, but am already in love. I used it right out of the box for a climbing trip to Smith Rock. It is now my favorite crag pack and I've used it on multiple outings since. It is SO roomy (almost as if it has undergone an Undetectable Extension Charm). I have managed to fit an entire trad rack, slings, a dozen quickdraws, a harness, shoes, two 1.5 liter Nalgenes, light snacks, and a couple layers in it. The pocket on top is so roomy and perfect for personal items and snacks. In addition, there is a pocket on the inside of the flap for more goodies. If needed, I can easily fit my climbing helmet under the flap. The pack itself is very comfortable (especially for a unisex pack) and straps are easy to adjust (to size up or down depending on comfort and the amount of gear you are hauling). As a female with a fairly small frame, the S/M works excellent. I have not experienced any chaffing so far, but I have yet to use it on any long approaches/excursions (treks longer than ~10 miles or so). I am excited to use it for longer backcountry ski trips this winter and for multi-pitch adventures this fall. (Bonus: the sulfur color looks pretty rad).
Favorite Climbing Pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The BD speed pack is my favorite pack for almost every activity, from hard multipitch climbing, alpine climbing, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, and even just hiking. It is lightweight, functional, durable (even when bag hauling, though I wouldn't haul it more than a couple pitches on any rough rock or I could imagine it ripping, but on a few granite hauls it has held up well). For single day ascents I usually use the 30L, while the 40L is perfect for a 2-3 day lightweight backcountry climbing trip (just enough to fit my sleeping bag, pad, jacket, tarp, food, water, and climbing gear inside with rope under the hood). Despite its minimalist style it is surprisingly comfortable (even more than some more padded/supportive packs that I have). If the pack is too empty, sometimes the top pouch tends to slide over the supports on the back, leaving a gap where rain could possibly go in the main lower compartment, but this rarely happens and if the main compartment is tightened properly water won't be able to get in. Overall I love this pack, and after numerous long climbs and rough hikes this pack has held up great, and even if it were to burn out someday, I would happily get another one.