Reviewed by Matt from San Diego on Monday, February 02, 2015
Extremely comfortable pack with very well thought out gear compartments and a solid build. Haven't had it out in 'weather' yet, but based on the materials and construction, I'm not concerned. Only knock on the product is the hydration bladder storage. With the crampon and ice axe compartments, this pack was clearly made for cold weather usage, but I had real trouble fitting my insulated reservoir in. Overall, very happy.
Reviewed by Antonio from Ohio on Saturday, November 22, 2014
Just want to say first off that I love just about anything that black diamond puts out. That being said this is my first black diamond pack and it was worth every penny. I am 5'11" about 175 lbs with an athletic build and the medium pack fits me perfectly. This pack allows you to have a hydration pack, has gear loops and a top loaded design. I bought this pack to climb with and it does that job well I can fit my harness, chalk bag, climbing shoes, 2liter camelbak, 32oz nalgene, extra clothes, food, cell phone, wallet,keys,extra biners, sleeping bag, hammock, rain fly and still have room for more. Great product I would recommend it to anyone!
Reviewed by Davy Crockett from Tennessee on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Decent and well-made backpack and a good size for a day climb. A generous but narrow 35L volume, which I feel helps with balance.
(1) Straps a bit too narrow for me. I generally prefer a bit more padding and/ or width.
(2) The "Sulfur" color depicted on the website is NOT YELLOW--nor as one would expect the color of actual sulfur to be (YELLOW). Twice I received and twice returned the backpack mainly because it is actually a sort of PEA GREEN.
Reviewed by alex from okc on Monday, November 10, 2014
I tgought that it was a great pack, I used it for a 3 days ticking trip and was very happy with it. I was able to stuff 3 days worth of clothes, a sleeping bag, food and a 2l water bladder. I used the side straps to strap a tent and a pad. Great Bag!
Reviewed by oodelally from Maryland on Wednesday, October 01, 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.