A basic gear hauler for the approach and wall.
Black Diamond designed its Speed Zip 24 Backpack to be the one climbing pack you need whether you're climbing ice in Bozeman, sandstone at the Creek, or snow in Cascadia. Its zippered clamshell top grants easy access to climbing gear and extra layers, while the ice tool PickPockets and snag-free crampon straps secure your mountaineering and ice climbing essentials. Already sporting a bare bones alpine-specific design, the Speed Zip can be stripped down even more thanks to the removable hipbelt, framesheet, and foam bivy pad for those times you're forced to make an unexpected stay on the mountain. Chances are good you'll have this pack stuffed to the gills with gear when you venture into the alpine, so BD added a hydration compatible sleeve, so you won't have to try to stuff water bottles and bladders in with the rest of your climbing gear.
- Thermoformed backpanel
- Removable framesheet and foam bivy pad
- Zippered clamshell top opening
- 210D ripstop fabric
- Hydration system compatible
- Zippered top pocket
- Tuck-away rope strap
- Removable hipbelt
- Item #BLD00IF
- Q & A
Small pack, not good for real weight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've mostly used this pack for relatively short backcountry ski tours. The straps on the sides make it easy to carry skis on the pack, but the waist belt is completely useless whenever there's any real weight in the pack. The pack is not really big enough to carry multiple layers, food and avi gear at the same time without being overstuffed. I think this could be a decent pack for light day-climbs, but is not ideal for skiing. Waist belt is awful though, and should be replaced with a burlier one.
Ultimate Day Pack for Ice
I did a ton of research and this bag is spot on. This bag is exactly what you need for a day of ice climbing, single pitch or multi. It holds more than you expect, is super light, and carries gear in the exact way I like things set up: axes holstered, crampons strapped outside, and rope strapped to the top. Clam shell lid makes accessing things super easy with gloves on. I'd have to be pretty desperate to try and use the foam pad for bivying and I have other larger alpine packs that I'd bring if I thought that was a possibility. The waist belt is really just a strap, no padding, but with a bag this size, and with the number of layers you're wearing during winter, I don't see the need for more than that. I've only had the change to take this pack out for a couple of day outings but I'm looking forward to putting this to the test. The other contender for me was the Mammut Trion 22L. This bag, with a touch more room, and 2 big grab handles, won me over though.
Nifty bag for multi pitch 1day trips
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Light, moves nicely while climbing, good compressible volume (more useful than the 17L patagonia for example). Not sure how durable it will be but looks good. Carries a big laptop around airports ect comfortably. Thoughtful pockets and features without being gimmicky.
Fair warning. I have only put this bag properly to the test only once on a very big wall (320meters + 1.1km alpine approach). But on that occasion did well. No damage despite crawling around in the dark through scrub at the end.
I have been using this pack mainly for short day tours and it works great for that purpose. A-frame carry option is awesome and the ice tool carry straps is invaluable for getting after the water. Overall a great pack, don't overstuff it though because that waistbelt is NOT supportive
Light and fast, slow and heavy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Or any combination of the 4. For being a 24L pack, this can really hold more than you might think, yet it is still feathery light. The compression straps give the ability to work as a ski/splitboard carry system as well and the crampon system lets you carry those sharp teeth outside of your pack vs inside of your pack. Your outwear, layers, water containters, and lunch will thank you for that. There is just enough room for an extended approach/day trip and is hydration compatible as well if that is your thing. The waist belt is removable (it is borderline not functional anyways if you have this guy loaded up), has double axe capacity, and a removable foam back pad. A frame sheet is the back pad, and it is literally just a piece of foam. I don't know if I'd even emergency bivy with it, but if that situation came and I had it in, who knows. Even filled to the brim, it is still manageable, my shoulders hate me, but the straps didn't rip off over the course of the trips I have used it on, but I guess that is light and fast... If it was comfortable under load it wouldn't be as light and that defeats the purpose. That or I need stronger, callused shoulders.