Reviewed by oodelally from Maryland on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
This is my first black diamond pack, and it definitely won't be my last. The ergoACTIV suspension is amazing. It improves mobility like you wouldn't believe. Hauling this up with me on a climb or wearing as I'm setting up a rap anchor is no problem. The size of the epic 35 is perfect for me. I needed a long backpack for my 6'4", thin frame, and they had the perfect size for me. It's made of durable material, but I haven't put it through enough abuse to comment on overall durability yet. From the little I've used it though, black diamond has completely won me over.
Reviewed by Alex from Bellingham, WA on Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Epic 35 is a pretty cool, feature loaded pack. An uncomfortable flaw I don't like, though, is the hipbelt. Like the Speed 40, the 25 mm buckle width digs into the gut with a 35-40 lb load. In size medium, it also doesn't wrap around as fully as the Speed 40 hipbelt, making it a touch more uncomfortable. It's a shame too, since the Epic 35 has a much more robust internal frame (6 mm vs 4 mm wire). Also the ergoactive pivot is pretty cool, though a little weird at first. Neat thing is that the pivot attaches directly into the frame, transfering load into the hips exceptionally well. Free floating shoulder harness is great. Really like the pick pocket holder for the ice axe, as it completely swallows the pick of the axe, leaving nothing pointy exposed. Crampon patch is a really nice feature, though it extends the center of gravity out a bit further. It's unfortunate that the lid is not removable, and the internal frame is not removable either. Fits rack, helmet, and harness with just a little room left over.