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    5 Reviews


    The Park Place of alpine packs.

    If you're the sort of person who beats little cousin Ricky at board games by robbing the bank when Ricky's in the kitchen getting another ginger ale, you're probably also into the kind of expedition-style climbing where you pay someone else to do all the work while you get a sweet summit photo. If you prefer to whip Ricky the old-fashioned way by using your cunning, savvy, and ruthless exploitation of community chest cards, you're probably more of an alpine-style climber, and you need a fast and light backpack like the Black Diamond Speed 40 to get you up in a hurry.

    Weight becomes the central focus if you're lugging all your own gear, so Black Diamond put the Speed on a serious diet by including only the features you're sure to need, like PickPockets for your ice tools, removable crampon straps, and a three-point haul system. You can trim it way down by removing the floating top pocket and padded hip-belt, but you'll still be able to carry your rope in the tuck-away top strap, and stay hydrated thanks to the bladder-compatible design. Best of all, the Speed has an Active suspension system that pivots and flexes with you as you move, allowing the pack to shift as you do without unbalancing your load and tipping you over.

    • Active suspension system
    • Thermoformed backpanel
    • Removable framesheet (doubles as bivy pad)
    • Top loading
    • Removable hipbelt and top lid
    • Drawcord closure skirt
    • 210D ripstop fabric
    • Hydration system compatible
    • Item #BLD00IC

    Tech Specs

    210D nylon ripstop, 420D nylon
    [small/medium] 2319 cu in, [medium/large] 2440 cu in
    thermoformed backpanel, removable framesheet, removable foam bivy pad
    Waist Belt
    yes, removable
    Hydration Compatible
    Reservoir Included
    1 front stretch, 2 side stretch
    Ice Axe Carry
    yes, 2 side straps
    Claimed Weight
    [small/medium] 2 lb 8 oz, [medium/large] 2 lb 9 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Excellent light weight alpine backpack

      A bunch of my gear got stolen a few weeks before I was scheduled to climb Mount a Rainier. I decided to replace my stolen Patagonia Ascensionist 45 with the BD Speed 40. The two packs are reasonably comparable but I'd give the Speed 40 the edge. The BD has more versatility and can be more stripped down for a summit push. The BD also has shown better durability, an opening that makes gear easier to get at, and a better frame. That being said the Patagonia has daisy chain loops for tying down gear, more aesthetic styling, and seemed to carry a load a bit better.

      The Speed 40 worked great on Rainier. It expanded well to cary a large load up to camp Muir and then stripped down and compressed compressed for a successful summit push. Since then the pack has continued to perform well on a lot of other PNW peaks.

      Cons: I'd like one side water bottle pocket for a water bottle or a snow picket.

      If you have the choice I'd go with the Black Diamond Speed 40.

      Excellent light weight alpine backpack

      Lacking...but great BD customer service!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased this excited about all the various weight-reduction features expecting to make great use of this pack for a long time. Unfortunately, all it took was one route in Red Rock to rip the 210D nylon in several spots on the bag. Probably contrary to what you'd expect, I was not aggressively chimneying - this tear happened while working my way up a corner crack. You might argue "Red Rock? That isn't alpine." You're right - while this is advertised as a pack for the alpine, I'd hardly expect anyone who calls themselves an alpine climber to readily embrace a pack lacking in durability.

      Update: I filed a warranty request since BD list a year-long manufacturing warranty for the pack. The guys at BD were fast to reply, contacting me the day after I filed the request. Initially, I wasn't especially hopeful that I would receive a replacement since the tears weren't a manufacturing issue but rather due to wear and tear. However, BD were willing to overlook this fact and shipped out a replacement immediately after receiving my torn pack. Five stars for BD customer service!

      Lacking...but great BD customer service!


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I used this pack to climb Mt. Hood and was very disappointed. The waist belt was not very comfortable and it also ripped when I tried tightening it. This pack seems as though it cannot handle a load more than 20 lbs because more than that and the straps just start to hurt. The design is good but execution is off


      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've used this backpack once for canyoneering. I was mostly worried about wearing a hole in the material over time but instead, as I was tightening the waist strap, the fabric tore away from the seam from the pressure of tightening. This was very disappointing as this was not natural wear and tear. This was from poor design/stitching, which I didn't expect from Black Diamond. I will be returning this backpack. Should have listened to the reviews that said this was not a durable pack!

      Wowza, I'm in love

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I bought this pack to replace my 50L backpack and serve as a superlight solution for multiday ski tours/mountaineering trips. When I first got the pack in my hands, I was skeptical, but the design is actually quite well thought-out.

      It's all in the details. It's slightly tapered shape hits the nail on the head, really striking a good balance of form and function. The closure methods are super easy to use (buckles/cinch), and I love how much it expands. I can carry 20L worth of gear without any weird flopping issues, or stuff up to 50L in with the expanding collar. Nice hydration pocket (fits my MSR hydromedary perfectly), nice rope strap, really nice ice tool carrying solution.

      I haven'€™t put it to the test with a really heavy load yet, but for some long ski-mountaineering-style day trips, it's worked superbly well. Oh yeah, it's pretty light too, and the lack of padding on the shoulder straps isn't very noticeable.

      The yellow really grows on you, don'€™t be afraid to get a little funky.

      My one gripe is that it doesn't have a dedicated avalanche tool pocket. Anytime there'€™s snow on steep slopes, I need to carry avy gear and have quick access to it-- it's a matter of safety. Maybe I could sew one in...

      Photo (c) Niles Andrus

      Wowza, I'm in love