For a speedy ascent.
Look to Black Diamond's Speed 22 Backpack for light and fast alpine ascents and multipitch climbs. Black Diamond made the Speed frameless for an ultralight feel. You can even remove the back panel, floating top lid, and webbing belt for even lighter performance. Removing the back panel leaves room for extra brews and bivies too.
Black Diamond also equipped the Speed with a tuck-away strap for climbing ropes, PickPockets for micro ice-tools, straps for crampons, and reinforcements at critical areas for long-lasting durability.
- Ultralight frameless construction
- Removable foam back panel
- Removable floating top lid and webbing belt
- Tuck-away rope strap
- Reinforced critical zones
- Micro ice-tool PickPockets and crampon straps
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- Q & A
Black Diamond Speed Packs
Best Small pack out there
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had an old speed 30 and thought it was good,except for the goofy ice link attachment. When BD came out with the new speed packs I bought the new speed 30 which uses a more popular type of attachment for tools, and has improvements in other ways too. I was so happy with it, that I went for the Speed 22 also, since I needed a lighter alpine pack that would climb better as a leader or follower. I've used it a few times now and can say it performs as advertised.
The straps are well sized and placed, and I don't think having lower side compression straps is necessary...the pack is slim enough that if you pack it well the load won't shift or need to be compressed there anyway, and it's a pair less straps to be getting tangled in your gear, etc. All the other features are just what you need, and no more (removable crampon patch straps, hydration sleeve, removable lid and waist strap). The rope catch is a must on this also, since you won't fit a Rope in this pack. It secures tightly and cleanly over the top with the rope catch and side compression straps. My only complaint on all the speed packs is that the material is perhaps too lightweight to last a lifetime or be dragging around the crag (still feels more durable than 80% of light packs out there) - this pack is definitely not a crag pack, but for alpine days or ice climbing, it's so awesome.