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Black Diamond
Ethos 32L Backpack

3.6 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews


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Why We Like The Black Diamond Ethos 32L Backpack

From work to wall, the Black Diamond Ethos 32L Backpack is our one pack quiver. The cushy harness system and stabilizing sternum and waist straps give us a comfortable carry on our commute. When we get to our 9-to-5, our laptop, phone, and ID cards are easily accessible thanks to the padded compartment and front accessory pocket, while the external lash points and internal pocketing keep our crag essentials organized for some happy hour sends.


  • Versatile pack to take you from work to play with ease
  • Foam back panel with vent channel for comfort and airflow
  • Padded S-curve shoulder straps give a soft, dig-free carry
  • Recycled ripstop provides light, eco-friendly durability
  • Reflective details increase your visibility in low light
  • Cinch closure with top lid shields your gear from the elements
  • Internal organizer keeps your smaller items accessible
  • Side mesh pockets create a safe space for your shoes to air out
  • Item #BLDZ9L9
Responsible Collection
840D recycled polyester, mini ripstop nylon
32L (1953cu in)
padded air channel back panel (with air mesh)
Shoulder Straps
S-curve, dual-density foam, adjustable sternum strap
Waist Belt
adjustable webbing
top, Blitz style
[external] 1 zippered front, 1 zippered lid, 2 stretch mesh side, 1 zippered padded laptop sleeve (side access), [internal] organizer (padded electronic sleeve, zippered mesh, key leash)
dual side
Claimed Weight
2lb 4oz
casual, travel, climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 1 year

Overall Rating

3.5 based on 5 ratings

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3 out of 5 stars

March 17, 2024

Almost The Perfect Daily Pack

This pack is a great size and has a nice layout. I use it as a daily driver for my shift work as a firefighter, and travel with my family. I appreciate the size and pocket layout. My big disappointments with this bag is the quality. I purchased a StreetCreek 30 which was very durable and well built. The material and quality showed, however this pack is almost like a BD knockoff in comparison. The material in the Ethos seems fragile and cheap, especially the back mesh panel. I so badly wish BD would combine the Street Creek and Ethos to make the perfect daily driver.

Sage M.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

July 8, 2023

Great Overnight Pack

Pack arrived shortly before a weekend getaway by train to Quebec City, QC. Perfect size for a change of clothes and assorted widgets for hopping on the train. Super pleased with the.pack layout and straps, as well!

Brad H.

Originally reviewed on

2 out of 5 stars

December 3, 2022

Super Flimsy

I wanted to like it a lot: a 2000 cu. in. top-loader with cool features and excellent construction/materials. I would like to see a wider top flap zipper, perhaps wrapping around the corners a bit. The way it is, its small access is a nuisance with just a phone, a couple small pouches and case for sunglasses. This pack needs to stay in the confines of the urban realm; office, city commuting, gym. Books might be a bit heavy for it— do they still have books in school? I like the side pockets, but, again— super flimsy, and one of the pockets has a gaping access cut-out across in the middle-third of its length. Real chintzy buckles for the top flap's straps. The design feature set is there, just a super light-weight pack for the "Campus Series." To think that some people complain about the durability of the stitching and materials on the Street Creek and Transit packs! Inside, is a pretty good mix of space and organizational arrangements. The computer pocket is solid— no doubt about it. As for the rest of the pack-- I would expect to find this build-weight in the campus book store. Definitely the flimsiest pack in this size from BD I've ever seen.


Originally reviewed on

3 out of 5 stars

September 2, 2022

Lacks a waistbelt

It's a good pack, I appreciate the number and variety of pockets, quality of construction and reflective markings. One thing missing for me is a waistbelt. I bought this pack because it seemed like the best solution for my winter cycling commute. Without the waistbelt the pack is liable to move around while I'm cycling which isn't the most comfortable. The inclusion of reflective markings suggests that Black Diamond had active commuting in mind when they designed this pack so the omission of a waist belt is puzzling to me.

Brian T.

Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

August 23, 2022

Awesome fit!

Headed to Europe and needed just the right pack…this is it. Loads of room & comfortable, perfect.

Brian W.

Originally reviewed on