Will J.wrote a review of Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 25L Backpack on October 6, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
This pack will definitely last for hundreds of days.. The zippers/farbic/straps/clips seem very durable and still look/work like new after 30+ days of use. There's just a few things I would change/add..
- A dedicated pouch for skins.. They can fit into the avy gear pouch even with a shovel, probe and snow saw in it, but it's a little annoying.
- When using the helmet carry, the helmet covers the zipper for the avy gear pouch. It's not a huge deal, just annoying that you have to remove your helmet from the pack if you want to dig a snow pit (or dig your buddy out).
- Like others mentioned.. External loops for layers, etc. I actually just loop a nylon BD belt around the handle at the top of the bag (above the helmet carry) to cinch down layers.
Obviously with a bag this size/weight/price there has to be some compromises. I definitely like the overall design though. I have the Dawn Patrol 15 also. These 2 packs cover everything up to a full day of resort/sidecountry/backcountry skiing. I'm 5'10" 170 with a 43" chest and 32" inch waist. The M/L fits perfectly in both packs. The top (sternum) strap can be adjusted to fit around pockets/zippers or adjust the fit. The pouch and routing for the hydration bladder are designed very well. I have the 1.5L CamelBak Crux and it fits perfectly.