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Keep it light, even if your expedition is in heavy terrain.
Black Diamond designed the top-loading Mission 75 Backpack to be a lightweight expedition-sized hauler for alpine assaults and extended backcountry trips, so hauling those massive loads at altitude won't be such a painful experience. The Mission's ReActiv hip belt uses a floating design to allow your waist to move naturally, and distributes weight efficiently once the hip belt is tightened down. SwingArm shoulder straps work with the thermoformed back panel to provide the ideal combination of flexibility and support, allowing you to cover more ground with less stress, which might seem wimpy but is essential when you're out for a long time and little rubs and hot spots start to add up and make you miserable.
A low-fat, streamlined design keeps the Mission light but, as you'd expect from Black Diamond, it has vertical DNA, so it doesn't skimp on the necessary features. It comes replete with a PickPocket ice tool carrying system, crampon pouch, and three-point haul system, so you can take your gear with you when steep trekking gets vertical during the final push. The Mission is hydration-compatible, too, so you don't end up desiccated like the arid regions you're moving through, and the padded hip-belt is removable to save weight and reduce bulk. You can also remove the top of the pack and stow your rope in the tuck-away strap if you're looking to shave off ounces but keep your essential gear close by.
- ReActiv hip belt
- SwingArm shoulder straps
- Thermoformed back panel
- Removable top lid with drawcord skirt
- Tuck-away rope strap
- Removable hip belt and framesheet
- Ice tool PickPockets and crampon pouch
- Hydration compatible
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- Q & A
Built for climbing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this for a trip up the Kautz route on Mt Rainier, after deciding my generic backpacks (an old Gregory) was too large and heavy for the planned carry-over, and had too many outside loops and straps for safety. The Mission 75 fits perfectly (medium/large) on a torso (C7-Iliac crest 17 3/4inches) (I am 5'10" and 150lbs). The belt strap fits slightly higher than my other packs but this is part of what give excellent mobility while climbing. As noted above the pack entry zippers make it super-easy to pack and unpack. I carried 50 lbs in training and about 40lbs on the trip comfortably. The ice axe "Pick Pockets" work very well, although my shorter Petzl Ice tool was slightly too short to reach the velcro wrap that secures the shaft of the tool, but this was a pretty minor issue. The haul strap looks a little flimsy and I'd add a sling to it if I was going to do any serious hauling, but it showed no signs of wear using the loop to pick up the pack. The pack is very lightweight, but the trade off is that the fabric almost certainly won't be as durable as Mountain Hardware South Col 75 that I ordered as a comparison. Indeed, on the trip, the Mission pack picked up one small tear in the thin top closure fabric (easy to repair with fabric tape) and the base of pack shows some minimal piling of the nylon as wear from glissading down Mt Adams and Hood later in the week. (whereas the Arcteryx soft shell pants I was wearing, do not show the slightest wear). So it may not last forever. However, it climbs, carries, and fits so much better than the South Col, that it was an easy choice as to which one to keep.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This thing is a beast, not in terms of its size, but what you can comfortably carry. I use it for longer multi days, gear intensive trips, long backpacking trips, and pretty much anything that the extra room is needed. It has a side entry zipper which is fantastic, especially when what you are looking for is on the bottom of the pack. Unloading the contents of a 75L pack can be a pain in the rain just to get to the rain jacket you put at the bottom, etc.. The back panel, ReActiv hipbelt, and the swing arm shoulder straps help make the heavier loads easier to carry and being able to remove the lid if you don't need the extra space on summit days can come in handy. It is comfortable to carry with the heavier weights as well and if you are wanting to get as minimal as possible, the frame sheet is removable to save those extra grams. The crampon area works great with included straps to secure them and the ice tool holders are easy to use and functional as well. There is a rope strap to secure your rope if you have one and the last little gem is that it is hydration compatible.
Slightly torn. Want a pack that is super rugged and can lug around skis, but also will be doing multi-day hikes. I realize I would be sacrificing some comfort going with this, but how would it perform on say a week long trip (most likely the longest I will be doing in the near future). The other bag I am looking into is the Gregory Baltoro.
Hey Nathan - This Mission 75 Backpack has plenty of volume for a week long trip but it not as well suited to carrying skis, it is more of a climbing pack. The Gregory Baltoro 75 or Osprey Packs Aether 85 would be better choices for what you are looking to use the pack for.vFeel free to contact me directly with any additional questions or to discuss your options. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead