Ethan B.wrote a review of Black Diamond Creek 50L Haul Bag on May 19, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This pack is good, but not great. Other reviews do a good job of discussing the positives of this pack such as full zip access and capacity, and I agree with those. i would also add its nice durable fabric, so I dont see the bottom wearing through any time soon.
Here is what I don't like.
This pack won't fit a smaller than average person. I have a 30 inch waist and the waist straps are maxed out. 50 inch waist? No problem. 27 inches? You'll be carrying the weight on your shoulders.
A lack of outside pockets and organizer pockets. While the second zippered pocket is nice, it's not enough. Within it are 2 zippered pockets, but I still find myself rummaging through a bunch of items in the big compartment to find what I want. The main compartment also has no top closure, so if your pack falls sideways or upside down you risk having something slide out.
While you are wearing the pack. you can't access anything. If the pack is on your back, your stuff is out of reach. No easy side mesh pocket for a phone or water bottle,no waist strap pocket for a key or chapstick. It's stop and drop if you want to access any of that stuff.
Overall a good pack and much better than the worthless old Kelty that I replaced, but not something to jump on, like the reviews lead me to believe. If you need a big crag pack now, go for it, but if you can hold out for the next iteration for a while longer, i recommend it.