Takes you wherever you want in total comfort.
The weekend is almost here and you haven't decided where you're
backpacking yet, but you do know that the Black Diamond Women's Elixir
45 Backpack is coming with you. Both the reActiv hip-belt and the SwingArm shoulder straps move with
your body while you hike in order to give you a natural stride and
reduce the energy it takes to reach your destination. Because the belt
and straps move with you, this pack eliminates sore and hot spots
whether you're hiking five miles or fifteen. Unlike most
backpacks, you only need to set the straps and the belt once without
readjusting them on the trail because this pack ensures an ideal balance
at all times regardless of the terrain. Black Diamond molded the V-Lite
frame specifically for women in order to fit your back comfortably.
The main compartment stores all the essentials you need and a few toys for a fun backpacking trip. Black Diamond constructed the Elixir out of a durable nylon with a water-shedding finish and added an even more durable ripstop in key areas to withstand tears and abrasions. The backpack also features a floating top pocket that you can convert to a lumbar pack for day hikes on your backpacking trip, a zippered front pocket with internal pockets so you can organize all your gear, and a hip belt pocket for any small item you might need while you hike like lip balm or sunscreen. It also has a bottom zippered access so you can get to your sleeping bag without taking everything else out of the pack.
- Women-specific design
- reActiv suspension system
- SwingArm shoulder straps
- V-Lite frame
- Top access to main compartment
- Bottom zippered access to sleeping bag compartment
- Floating top pocket converts to lumbar pack
- 210D ripstop with water-resistant finish, 420D nylon abrasion panels
- Zippered front pocket with internal pockets
- Zippered hip belt pocket
- Item #BLD000J
- Q & A
Wanted to love this... I did.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Wanted to love this pack, I truly did. The design really serves to functionality. Love that the straps on the outside attach your pad or whatever your carrying on the outside to the front rather than underneath of the pack. The front compartment with mesh pockets is excellent. Great design with the duffel-style access. Good storage space in lid pocket. Expands well outward to accommodate larger loads. Smaller profile possible since the capacity really extends with the collar. Color combination is really pretty. But....
The first time I tried this pack, I couldn't get it to fit comfortably. I tried it a second time for a longer trip, hoping that it was only that the first one wasn't a long enough trip to get used to the fit. It was horrible. Big mistake. For all the genius design of this pack, it is flawed.... extremely uncomfortable. I had to give up the water to my husband to carry (1L smart water bottle on each side). That made a slight difference and reduced the carry weight to under 18lbs but still, unbelievably uncomfortable and painful. and... none of the straps stayed where I adjusted them to, they kept slipping. I couldn't get the hip belt adjusted to move the weight to the hips no matter how hard i tried because after a mile or so, it was completely loose again.
I wish that I had returned it after the first use and not had it sit in the back of my closet for months waiting to test it again because now I'm kind of stuck with this thing.
Have to add.... i chose this pack because i have the BD Bolt 24 and it's an awesome day pack.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
This is a great women's pack. I got it as a gift and can't wait to put it through more trips when possible. Fits well and has a great support system. Long trips with good comfort.
I like the bottom access zipper and the back accessory pocket.
Black Diamond Pack Sizing
Is this pack a 60L pack or 45L?
Definitely a 60, there's a typo in the description.
Would the hip belt on this pack fit my...
Would the hip belt on this pack fit my girlfriend's 25" waist? I'm unable to find specs on waist size.
Black Diamonds Women's sizing are as follows:
Small Torso (15.5-18.5 inches) Waist (30-35 inches)
Medium Torso (17.5-20.5 inches) Waist (34-39 inches)
I spoke with Nathan about this on chat the other night. He gave me this same info. I had suggested that, even though your info says that these are waist sizes, they really must be hip sizes, considering how large they are.
I will give Black Diamond a call to confirm.