The Speed 30 Backpack is a staple in the Black Diamond lineup and has been used in the alpine in remote mountain ranges in interior BC and the Andes. BD designed the Speed for fast and light ascents by giving it a basic top-loading design and strippable components to make the pack that much more versatile in the high mountains. In order to make the pack bit more comfortable than previous iterations, the Speed 30 now sports newly redesigned shoulder straps and a backpanel, and it's also equipped with Black Diamond's Active suspension, which allows your upper body to rotate naturally whether you're roped up on the final push to the summit or hiking across soggy alpine meadows. The lid, hipbelt, and framesheet can all be removed from the pack, while the drawcord skirt closure prevents snow and light rains from entering the main compartment when the top lid is removed. The pack also features PickPockets for your ice axes and snag-free crampon straps to keep your talons ready for the snow and ice you'll eventually encounter in the alpine.
- Thermoformed backpanel
- Active suspension
- Removable framesheet (doubles as bivy pad)
- Top access with drawcord closure and removable lid
- Tuck-away rope strap
- Hydration system compatible
- Ice tool carry and removable crampon straps
- Strippable design
- Hydration compatible
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- Q & A
Favorite Climbing Pack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The BD speed pack is my favorite pack for almost every activity, from hard multipitch climbing, alpine climbing, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, and even just hiking. It is lightweight, functional, durable (even when bag hauling, though I wouldn't haul it more than a couple pitches on any rough rock or I could imagine it ripping, but on a few granite hauls it has held up well). For single day ascents I usually use the 30L, while the 40L is perfect for a 2-3 day lightweight backcountry climbing trip (just enough to fit my sleeping bag, pad, jacket, tarp, food, water, and climbing gear inside with rope under the hood). Despite its minimalist style it is surprisingly comfortable (even more than some more padded/supportive packs that I have). If the pack is too empty, sometimes the top pouch tends to slide over the supports on the back, leaving a gap where rain could possibly go in the main lower compartment, but this rarely happens and if the main compartment is tightened properly water won't be able to get in. Overall I love this pack, and after numerous long climbs and rough hikes this pack has held up great, and even if it were to burn out someday, I would happily get another one.