For a speedy ascent.
The Speed 22 Backpack boasts a surprising amount of features despite being Black Diamond's ultralight choice for minimalist alpine climbers. This simple yet technical daypack strips down to the bare minimum for the lightest ascents. You can leave the waist belt, top lid, and back panel behind when you want to make speed records, and the back panel's removable framesheet doubles as a bivy pad, just in case you end up being up in the alpine longer than expected. The Speed also features hydration compatibility, a tuck-away climbing rope strap, and micro ice tool PickPockets that also accommodate crampons.
- Superlight daypack for alpine climbing
- Removable waist belt, back panel, and top lid
- Hydration compatibility accommodates reservoirs
- Micro ice tool PickPockets carry axes and crampons
- Tuck-away strap for climbing ropes
- Item #BLD00NU
- Q & A
Solid fast and light alpine pack
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a good pack for climbs you'll need to wear a pack and aren't planning to bivy. On the approach I've fit rock shoes, harness, 60m skinny rope, windshirt, puffy, helmet, and a 1L water bottle in the main compartment. Dome took food, hat, sawyer filter, tat, knife, medical stuff.
Virtually disappears while technical climbing, shoulder straps could be a bit more flexible (but this would reduce comfort on the way in)
Lower compression strap angles up, this curves the pack a bit for your lumbar once you cinch it down. If you put your approach shoes in toe down it will angle the bag in at the base and make it easier to get to your chalk bag.
Secure and easy to use axe carry.
Fast to strip waist belt and lid/strap.
Velcro on lid keeps it secure when on route.
Pretty light for the amount of features.
210 fabric on side panels is weak, won't stand up to a lot of hauling or grinding sharp granite in the long term. Wish they did 420D on the whole body.
Foam backpanel is very thin/flimsy. Does not stop cams from poking you in the back. Substituted with denser 1/8" foam bivy pad on mine.
Waist strap is ridiculously narrow, maybe 9/16". Doesn't put weight on your hips, digs at you with a thin/no shirt on. I slid on some hip pads from an old pack that I use on the approach.
Crampon carry strap goes through a slot that is narrow and the full width of the pons. Kind of a PITA to put back in the field, if I use them I leave the straps on, would like to strip them while climbing.
Long torso length for one size fits all, I'm about 18" torso and I have the shoulders snugged up all the way. If you're a small in most packs this will likely be too long for you.