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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32L Backpack



Dawn Patrol 32L Backpack

Pack all your backcountry gear in Black Diamond's Dawn Patrol 32 Backpack the night before so you don't accidentally pack a Hawaiian shirt instead of an extra midlayer due to a sleepy daze. Prime for early morning backcountry excursions, the Dawn Patrol backpack boasts an active, form-fitting suspension that moves with you when you're booking it back to the car so you aren't late for work.

The Dawn Patrol carries snowboards vertically and skis diagonally or in an A-frame during bootpacks. A separate compartment stows avalanche safety gear, and the helmet carry tucks away during the descent. Black Diamond made this pack compatible with its Avalung Element and designed it with a back panel access so you can grab gear with skis attached to the pack. The insulated hydration sleeve and port protect your reservoir's water from freezing in low temps.

  • Lightweight, mid-sized ski pack for backcountry skiing
  • Active, form-fitting suspension moves with you
  • Tuck-away diagonal and A-frame ski carry systems
  • Vertical snowboard and ice tool PickPocket carry systems
  • Separate compartment for avalanche safety gear
  • Stowable helmet carry system
  • Access to main compartment is possible with skis attached
  • Insulated hydration sleeve and port protect reservoir from freezing
  • Item #BLD00E0

Dynoma (210D + PE200D, 840D nylon oxford)
32L (1953cu in)
active, form-fitting
Shoulder Straps
padded, sternum strap
Waist Belt
yes, padded
Hydration Compatible
yes, insulated sleeve
back panel
1 avalanche gear compartment
Ski Carry
yes, diagonal and A-frame
Snowboard Carry
yes, vertical
Helmet Carry
yes, stowable
Ice Axe Carry
yes, PickPockets
21 x 11 x 9in
Claimed Weight
2 lb 9 oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

My favorite ski pack

This pack is awesome! It's not the lightest but the functionality fully makes up for the weight. There's a spot for everything and it carries super well.

>Rating: 5

Great pack for resort or backcountry

This pack has tons of features and has all the room you’ll need for a solid day in the backcountry. Plenty of options for carrying skis in an A-frame or diagonally as well as a snowboard carry. The pack also has a pretty neat Ava-Lung compatibility. My only complaint is that I wish the pocket to the avy gear had a much bigger opening. Still, its an all around great ski pack.

>Rating: 4

Almost Perfect

Overall, this is an incredibly functional pack with a lot of thoughtful features. Built to the level of craft that you expect with Black Diamond - solid construction and fits very well. I love the insulated hydration sleeve, the ability to carry skis in diagonal mode as well as a-frame, and the super comfy hip belt with roomy pockets. Lots of capacity in addition to the pocket for avy gear. A couple downfalls: 1. Good luck hooking the helmet flap to the tiny loops when it’s cold and storming. The fact that these aren’t secured with small buckles is frustrating. 2. The back panel zipper is difficult to open with one hand due to a rectangular flap profile. Can be challenging when trying to quickly reach for a stashed layer.

>Rating: 5

Splitboard versatility

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

I read lots of reviews about this pack and found very few from splitboarders which made me a bit uncertain. The only one I read complained that the external helmet carry system was a bust because you couldn't use it with the board strapped to the back of the pack. What I liked about what I saw online was it looked like the side straps for A frame ski carry would be wide enough to fit a splitboard when split which provides nice versatility in my opinion. So I took the plunge. Based on my in home tests, this is a great pack for splitboarding. The side straps definitely work for splitboard. Even when the board is strapped to the back, the helmet carry system has an option to clip onto the top of the pack vs. the back so it will do the job either way. Excited to get this pack out into the backcountry.

Super helpful splitboarder review, was wondering exactly about carrying the splitboard + helmet together setup, thank you James!!

>Rating: 5

Amazing day pack!

I've put it through the wringer

This pack is the perfect day pack. I can fit everything I NEED in it easily, and still has extra room for the items I want. The white zipper pull on the dedicated avalanche gear pocket makes it easy to find, always. I have the Piep Sports Avalanche Safety kit ( and it all fits perfectly. The pockets on the waist strap are probably the biggest pockets waist belt pockets I have ever had on a pack, even my 60L overnight pack. The external helmet carrying system is amazing, and leaves all my friends jealous when my helmet doesn't take up space INSIDE my pack. The top pocket is perfect for mittens, hats, first aid, tools, and snacks. I can easily fit my Sony A6500 with a 24-70mm lens on it just fine (one of the items I want) and allows me to take it out quickly if needed, and easy for friends to grab for me when I don't want to take the pack off. On those days when I am inbounds and want to bring a pack, this is my go to, it fits so well, and can be cinched down pretty thin so it isn't a pain on the lifts.

>Rating: 5

Best Touring Pack

I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best backcountry ski touring pack that I have ever used. It's lightweight, and has all the features (but no more) than you need in a pack. It can be used for general touring, along with attachments for your ice tools when things get a little more technical. I am 5'9" and went with a S/M and it fits great!

>Rating: 5

Best ski pack I've owned

I've put it through the wringer

This pack is awesome! In less than a year, this pack has been on backcountry ski trips to all 7 continents. I originally bought it for a ski touring trip to Antarctica, where I was able to put both ski crampons, regular boot crampons, an emergency puffy, extra layers, my avy gear, nalgene bottle, climbing harness, and snacks in without even noticing the bag on my back. The front pocket fits shovel, probe and typically a spare pair of gloves and snacks. (make sure you know the length of the shovel--its a tight fit but it works). The top pocket is perfect for camera, goggles/sunglasses, liners, snacks (can't ever have enough snacks!), and I've even squeezed a spare base layer in. The back pocket is brilliant--that is where I stash my skins, nalgene, emergency puffy and ski crampons. I've really stuffed that back pocket and I have never had any problems with discomfort while wearing it. The hip buckle and straps I thought would be uncomfortable because they are just thick webbing, but I find it to be very comfortable and it fits perfectly even over my climbing harness. The adjustable chest strap and buckle helps distribute the weight of the pack nicely. There is a pocket on the right shoulder that works perfectly for sunscreen and chapstick (both needed to be very easily accessible while in Antarctica!!). The helmet stow also works great-keeps the helmet in place and not bouncing around. I have mostly been using this pack for full-day ski touring. I'm small (5ft, 105lb), and the 32L pack works really well for me. I wouldn't use this on a multi-day trip as it probably isn't big enough. However, I did use this as a day pack while hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro this month and again exceeded my expectations for a well-made, comfortable pack! Highly recommended! Below: ski touring in Kosciuszko National park in Australia!

>Rating: 5

Perfect day pack

I've put it through the wringer

My husband bought this, he says: "I've had a lot of touring packs over the years and this is my 3rd BD one. I bought this because I wanted the external helmet carrier and avalung compatiblility. It's a small pack but I feel that I have plenty of room for skins, crampons, axe, food, water, harness, first aide kit and a very small amount of climbing gear (not to mention shovel and probe). I love the internal small pocket for seldom used items like glop stopper and rub on ski wax and the external pocket for things like food and a voile strap. I like that the hydration pocket isn't on the back flap, one of my BD packs has the pocket on the flap and it bugs me. I like the Velcro loop strap to hang hydration bag from. Pockets on waist belt are great. I have used this a bunch and have no signs of wear. My only issue is that I can't carry my skis diagonal with helmet on out side of pack, but have not tried putting the helmet on the upper position (this would block the pocket I keep my food in, so A frame it has been ok for me).


Perfect full day pack

I used this pack for my avalanche course in the Wasatch and it fit everything I needed for the day, including a water bladder and hydroflask full of hot soup!

>Rating: 3

80% love, 20% hate

I've used it several times

I've used this pack for maybe 15 or so days of backcountry touring since I got it in November. I love so many things about it but I'm very frustrated by a few design flaws. The love: - Fits well and very comfortable to ski in - Whistle on sternup strap - Love the external helmet carry!!! - Roomy dedicated skins pocket (not sure if it's waterproof) - Dedicated avy gear pocket - Diagonal carry, side A-frame carry, and snowboard carry, with really beefy reinforced straps - Ice axe carry strap - Love the big velcro grippers for the ski pole carry, fits around my folded Z-poles - Roomy hip belt pockets can actually fit my snacks - Hydration bladder and Avalung compatible The hate: - Hydration bladder is not stored on the back door flap - The avy gear pocket takes too much volume from the pack, and yet isn't tall enough to fit BD's own Deploy 7 shovel unless the pack is totally empty. If you have a medium-large shovel, packing around it and then repacking it if you want to use your shovel to dig a snowpit is ridiculous. - The pack is already breaking after 3 months of use. The helmet High-Carry mode has two tabs sewn onto the panels of the shoulder straps; hooking straps into these tabs wraps a holder over your helmet for the climb. These tabs are about to rip off on my pack. I contacted BD to get it fixed or replaced under warranty, and was told that a fix wasn't feasible and it could not be replaced because they had no more stock in this pack. Very frustrating that one of my favorite features broke almost immediately. This pack has all the killer features for me. I can live with the avy gear pocket being an awkward size; though it is frustrating, I could just get a smaller shovel. But I'm really disappointed that the helmet high-carry feature is already broken after 3 months, and that there's no recourse for me even under warranty.

Very much agree about the avy pocket. I have a Backcountry Access Stealth 300 Carbon Probe and when I put my BD Evac 7 Shovel in there I have to put a lot of stress on the pocket and zipper to get it to close, which I worry will damage the pack after long-term use. So I'm just going to have to try out different probes in person so I get the right one that fits this time around. I want to be able to take the shovel and probe out easily so I can do snow study and right now I can't do that.

>Rating: 4

Great Fit and attention to detail

I've used it several times

This pack is built to last, reinforced everything, locking straps, very comfortable. Batman would approve of all the gear that can be carried in this bag.

>Rating: 5

Awesome pack!

Comfortable and easy to organize pack. Great for day long tours.

>Rating: 5

Black Diamond does it again

I am continually impressed with the attention to detail with BD equipment. From the reinforced straps, locking straps, comfort, and easy access, this pack was designed and purposed with intent. Even after days of skiing in heavy snow my clothing inside the pack stayed dry without needing an additional water proof bag. If you're looking for a day touring pack this set-up is equipped with all the essentials and then some this is it. The pack is high quality and worth the price.

Couldn't agree more. Thank you for the review Seth!

>Rating: 5

Awesome Product

Well designed. Great for day tours.


What is the size difference between the S/M and M/L. I’m 5’10’’ 170# with a 32” waist, and shorter than average torso length


How long of a probe (collapsed) can fit into this bag?