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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 25L Backpack


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Dawn Patrol 25L Backpack

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 25 Backpack is just the right size for quick dawn patrols, powder days at the resort, and car laps at the pass. Its form-fitting suspension system hugs your body while you ride, so you'll hardly notice you're wearing it, while the zippered back panel makes for quick access to extra layers and avy tools.

  • A lightweight mid-sized avy pack for single day touring
  • Form-fitting suspension keeps you nimble on the skintrack
  • Zippered back panel access helps you reach tools quickly
  • Dedicated avy tool pocket and gear loops keep everything handy
  • Can be equipped with Black Diamond's AvaLung Element (sold separate)
  • Hydration system compatible (sold separate)
  • Item #BLD00E1

Dynex, 840D nylon
25L (1525cu in)
Waist Belt
Hydration Compatible
back panel
Ski Carry
diagonal and A-frame
Helmet Carry
Ice Axe Carry
yes, not included
21 x 10.5 x 6in
Claimed Weight
2lb 5oz
Recommended Use
backcountry touring
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought
5` 9"
115 lbs

I've used this pack for awhile and absolutely love it. It has a compartment for the essentials: beacon/shovel/probe and then back-zipper access to your personal items. It also has highly thought out features like ice tool pockets for days where you'll be mountaineering. 100% needed in my gear closet.

>Rating: 5

Bangs 4 Bucks

I've used it several times

This pack will definitely last for hundreds of days.. The zippers/farbic/straps/clips seem very durable and still look/work like new after 30+ days of use. There's just a few things I would change/add.. - A dedicated pouch for skins.. They can fit into the avy gear pouch even with a shovel, probe and snow saw in it, but it's a little annoying. - When using the helmet carry, the helmet covers the zipper for the avy gear pouch. It's not a huge deal, just annoying that you have to remove your helmet from the pack if you want to dig a snow pit (or dig your buddy out). - Like others mentioned.. External loops for layers, etc. I actually just loop a nylon BD belt around the handle at the top of the bag (above the helmet carry) to cinch down layers. Obviously with a bag this size/weight/price there has to be some compromises. I definitely like the overall design though. I have the Dawn Patrol 15 also. These 2 packs cover everything up to a full day of resort/sidecountry/backcountry skiing. I'm 5'10" 170 with a 43" chest and 32" inch waist. The M/L fits perfectly in both packs. The top (sternum) strap can be adjusted to fit around pockets/zippers or adjust the fit. The pouch and routing for the hydration bladder are designed very well. I have the 1.5L CamelBak Crux and it fits perfectly.

Thanks for the awesome review Will!

>Rating: 4

Day-in day-out day pack

I've put it through the wringer

This pack is just about perfect for your average day tour. Great avy equipment pocket with room for shovel, probe, and saw, with just enough room to shove your skins in if they're wet. The main pocket has room for lunch, water, layers, and emergency kit. Top pocket hold googles and some key snacks. The slim profile keeps the pack weight close to your back, making it easier to ski. Back panel zip means you can grab your water or sandwich without taking your pack off. A few things I would change: -make the ice ax loop slightly larger (the pommel on my Gully won't fit through the loop) -make the helmet carry removable -put some sewn loops on so that you can ski-strap a pair of crampons on the back for icy days

>Rating: 4

Solid Pack

Great pack for even a full day of touring. I'm able to fit all my avy gear (BD Transfer 3 shovel), packable down, extra gloves, goggles, beanie, 2.5L bladder, and plenty of snacks, as well as skins and voile straps on the way down. The fit along the shoulders is a little unique, but if it's comfy, its REALLY comfy, I often forgot I had it on. 5'10" 175 w/ 40" chest, and the M/L fit great.

>Rating: 4

Great bag, except...

Love this bag. Well thought out compartments, multiple ski carry options, seems well built. Had to return. The last 6 inches of strap on the shoulder adjustments are not usable due to stitching on the strap that prohibits it from lengthening. I am 6ft and over 250 lbs. probably ok for a smaller individual.

>Rating: 5

A little small but good

Great for side country days out of the resort. Carries Avi gear plus water and skins no problem. Probably a bit small for bit ski mountaineering days (I like a 30 - 40l bag for this). The helmet carrying system is easy to use and out of the way from accessing pockets.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Pack

I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a beast while still being super function and low on weight. Multiple ski carry options make the pack versatile and keep your skis out of the way on the boot pack. Compatible with the avalung system if necessary. Solid pack!

>Rating: 4

So close, yet not quite

I've used it several times

It's nice and slim, which I like. Well made. Whats annoying, for a winter back, is the lack of some basic attachment points. Like, the ski straps and stuff work, but when you're out skiing, you peel off layers as the day progresses (typically), and there is no way to keep those layers attached. A simple daisy chain along the sides, even hidden, like the bottom ski strap, would go a long way to creating some flexibility. It's a nice pack, and that's my only complaint (albeit a big one).

>Rating: 3

Good size

This is a great size but I wish it had more pockets!

>Rating: 4

Very functional and user-friendly pack

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I haven't put too many days in, but from what I have seen so far, it is a great pack. Lots of pockets and all in the right places. Ski carry system is secure and will keep your skis in place. In other packs with similar carry systems, I have noticed that they never seem to tighten down enough to truly keep the skis in place. I have not experienced this problem yet, so that was a plus. Shoulder straps as well as the hip and chest straps were all very comfortable and easy to adjust. My only hesitation to this pack is that it is fairly rectangular and somewhat rigid, so I could see that becoming potentially annoying. Other than that, this is another great BD product!

>Rating: 4

Great pack for day tours

I've put it through the wringer

The Dawn Patrol is a killer fully featured pack. The design is well thought out, and everything is easy to use. The M/L was perfect for a 6'2" long torsoed person. That being said, the shoulder strap adjustment has a seam sewn in. I did away with the seam, and it fits great now. The waist belt could have a little broader padding- it is hard to get it tightened down enough when you have a full load, or are wearing bulky layers. The avalung element is super awesome! That being said, if you are a goofy footed snowboarder, keep in mind it will sit on your rearward shoulder. This makes it difficult to ride aggressively with the avalung element in your mouth. I gave that feedback to Black Diamond, and I'm hoping next year's model with have some additional length!

>Rating: 4

Awesome Purist Pack, but didn't fit

I returned this product before using it

I had been on the search for my first backcountry ski pack and really liked the simplicity of this one. For hiking I always use minimalist style packs (frameless) and wanted the same no-nonsense features for skiing. I got this thing in the mail, ripped open the box and was immediately impressed by the well thought out features and construction. No extra bells and whistles! Just a way to carry your skis, shovel/probe/skins, and a place for your gear. Unfortunately as soon as I put the pack on it just didn't sit right on me. The way the shoulder straps are designed in a "yoke" type fashion just did not sit right against my neck and I could tell that it would only be more uncomfortable while hiking or skiing. For reference I'm 5'7" and 175lbs and wear a men's large in all my jackets. I was advised to order the M/L pack, which should fit me. This pack would do best on someone tall and slender, kind of the opposite of my frame. I thought about ordering the S/M but since it has the same strap configuration I decided that it wouldn't make much of a difference. Luckily, Backcountry has awesome customer service and I was able to find a different pack with shoulder straps that fit my frame better. Even though it didn't fit I would absolutely recommend this pack! Quality is amazing, and I'll be jealous if it fits you!

>Rating: 5

Great Daypack

Perfect sized for day tours and work with the avalung element thats sold separately.

>Rating: 4

My Lot in Life!

I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this pack for my wife, whose "lot in life" is never finding a pack that fits. She's 5'0" with a torso length of 15". I got her the sm/med which fit comfortably in shoulders and hip (Dawn Patrol 32 is too big). The shoulder straps are 1/2" narrower than most packs, thereby not cutting into the shoulders. The hip belt has more webbing to cinch. The sm is actually 23 liters and has a nice narrow profile. Elbows have less chance of hitting the pack when using poles. If you're going light it's great, but for what my wife wants to carry it is too small. Biggest complaint is the location of the zipper for the main compartment. It's on the back panel, no access for a friend to pull something out, you need to take the pack off and the shoulder straps get in the way. The zipper has a slight curve (which makes the profile nice and narrow), but if you are overstuffing the pack, it is hard to zip up. Also, in the avy tool pocket, a 10" wide shovel blade barely fits, and everything needs to be less than 17.5" long (BD 230 probe barely fits). There is enough room for skins in this pocket.


Does this pack have a snowboard carry strap?

Hi Jerry! No this pack does not have a snowboard carry strap. If you have a split board you can carry it while the board is split using either the A-Frame or diagonal carry straps. However it will not be compatible with a full snowboard.


Hello there, I have 2 questions. Does this have "Insulated hydration sleeve and port" likeit deos in Dawn Patrol 32?( and is it capable of 2L reservoir? Thank you.

Hey Soo K. - This Dawn Patrol 25 Backpack has an insulated hydration sleeve on the right shoulder strap for your hydration reservoir hose. Also, it can accommodate a 2L reservoir no problem. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead


i have a question about the compartment access on the dawn patrol 25. i know there is a zipper accessible front avy compartment as well as a back panel accessible main compartment. however, there appear to be three zipper tabs on top of the pack. what do they access? one for the avy comaprtment, but what are the other two?


Can this hold probe shovel skins and Bd compactor poles? Looking for a small inbounds quick outa bound lap Or 2 pack & I'm a split boarder so not sure if I can fit poles this pack as well? I'm sure it's fine for skiing that style but poles can suck up some pack space, & I hate having them outside my pack if I'm inbounds. Cheers Jim