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Shoot up multipitches.
Day-long climbs call for Black Diamond's Bullet Backpack. With a 16-liter capacity, the Bullet boasts plenty of space for lunch, layers, and the climbing gear you don't need for the next pitch. Black Diamond made the Bullet out of ballistic nylon for the extreme durability that the rock demands. A streamlined design ensures mobility when you pull through the crux, or you can tuck the shoulder straps and webbing belt to haul the pack up after you send. The Bullet also features a removable back panel for convenience, a hydration hose port for your own reservoir, and zippered internal and external pockets for the small stuff.
- Removable back panel
- Tuck-away shoulder straps
- Removable webbing belt
- Hydration hose port
- Zippered external and internal pockets
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Solid day pack
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The Black Diamond Bullet 16 day pack met or exceeded my expectations in every way.
The construction is incredibly well thought out. A burly woven nylon exterior will last for a long time under moderate and episodic hard use. The zippers are large enough to easily open and close with one hand, perfect for accessing material in the pack on a climb, or just ease of use in general, it just feels solid to manipulate the zippers on this pack. The main compartment opens very deep but also has flaps of material sewn in near the base and upwards about 1/3 of the compartment length so that the contents won't spill out. Gear organization is a cinch with an inside mesh pocket for small items (like your car keys) and the outer pocket on top for other quick grab essentials (snacks, etc.).
Fit. The shoulder straps are spartan, but feel fine (as in I don't feel them) after an entire day of climbing. There is some ultra thin webbing above the sternum strap to attach random things to, like a walkie talkie. The shoulder straps also cinch very close and tight to the pack for storage or hauling. The waist belt is a two short lengths of webbing girth hitched to either side of the pack, thus they are removable, field reparable, and stowable. Padding comes in the form of one sheet of pre-cut foam, with slits in the foam for easy removal/replacement of the foam padding without tearing or otherwise deforming the pad. A thin but solid haul loop is sewn in with generous space to make it easy to grab, it's simplicity to attach it to an anchor. Altogether the fit aspect of the pack makes it easy to move with the pack while you're wearing it and also to work with the pack without fumbling it.
It is sized just perfectly, and looks to be a slight increase in volume over earlier models, but still just perfect so you don't overpack. I can stash three jackets, a nalgene, climbing/approach shoes, a full days worth of snacks, phone/small camera, and a headlamp in this pack without it feeling over loaded or bursting at the seams. The side flaps on the interior of the main compartment help to maintain some shape to gear stashed within, such that my nalgene had this nice little vertical home inside the pack, easy to access and re-stow it. There is a hydration port as well for bladder style hydration bags.
The profile of the pack when loaded is to expand outwards (back to front), so while a rope won't drape perfectly over the pack all the time, it is narrow enough (side to side profile) to allow a rope to hang on either side of the pack and still be on your back. Alternatively, loosening the shoulder straps to the max and placing the pack over a rope works well especially without the foam pad in the pack.
Great back pack for quick adventures
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great back pack for training trips or a quick hike or climbing on a near approach, it has a space for the water pack very nice resistance.
An on route pack you'll use everywhere
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I was envious of a friend's previous generation Bullet Pack, so when it was time to decide on an on route pack to carry essentials on all day multi pitch routes the Bullet was in my top three packs to consider.
The size (16 liters) is just large enough to fit the essentials, a shell, water, phone/keys, and a snack for instance. It's small enough that it basically goes unnoticed while climbing and sits high enough that it doesn't get in the way of grabbing gear off your harness.
The pack is very svelte, so there's not a lot to get caught on rock or gear. The materials, like the burly over sized zippers, and bombproof face fabric, are meant to take a ton of abuse. The hip belt is a straightforward nylon strap which I feel is adequate, it's also easily removable, and stowable. The shoulder straps are wide and well padded for the size of the pack and fit a larger chest very well. The should straps and hip belt stow easily in the back panel of the pack so that it can easily be hauled up chimneys without getting caught on anything.
Other features include a removable foam back panel, a small exterior pocket, and a small interior mesh pocket inside the main compartment with a key clip. There's also a hydration port. This pack does not have loops or any attachment points on the outside aside from the top grab/haul handle. If you're looking for a small on route pack that will also carry your rope on top or one you can lash gear to look elsewhere.
If you are looking for a purpose built, streamlined, and tough-as-nails on route pack, look no further. You'll enjoy it so much you'll want to use it as your everyday around town pack.
I'd probably be using this pack for a school pack as well, is it wide enough I could fit a laptop in it if need be?
My 15" Mac book won't fit in my Bullet :( a 13" would be a squeeze, but probably work
Good to know.. thanks!