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Overview

About Black Diamond Equipment Sphynx 42 Backpack

Closeouts. The Sphynx 42 backpack from Black Diamond Equipment is a versatile top-loader with a streamlined, low-profile design that's perfect for the alpinist looking to stay mobile with a large load.

  • 20mm 6061 aluminum stay
  • Rugged 420 denier nylon construction
  • Top-loading design
  • Fixed top pocket with rope strap
  • Crampon patch and straps
  • PickPockets and ice tool straps
  • Padded hipbelt and shoulder straps
  • Three-point haul system
  • S/M:
  • Fits torsos: 16-19"
  • Capacity: 2441 cu.in.
  • Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz.
  • M/L:
  • Fits torsos: 18-½ to 21-½"
  • Capacity: 2563 cu.in.
  • Weight: 3 lb. 8 oz.
  • Waistbelt: Adjusts to 54"
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 30x13x11"
  • Material: 420 denier nylon dot by Twill
  • Made in Philippines
  • U.S. shipments only
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4.300000 5 Overall Rating: 4.3 Based on 10 reviews

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Verified Buyer Reviewed by Not My Real Name from Northeast, USA on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I wanted a new alpine pack to supplement all of the other bags I already own. My main usage will be weekend ice crags and more technical ascents. All the bells and whistles with no frills. I wanted the storage capacity volume, while keeping the pack compact, so I opted for the 42L over the 32L, but ... Read More
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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by The Alaskan Family from Alaska on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    A gift for my daughter. Although it is designed for mountain climbing, she will get many uses out of this good-looking pack: school trips, hiking, backpacking, etc.
    • Best Uses: Backpacking, Day Hikes, Extended Hikes, Light Loads, School, Travel, Wet Weather
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Easy To Load, Highly Adjustable, Lightweight, Sleek
    • Was this a gift?: Yes
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Not My Real Name from Northeast, USA on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    I wanted a new alpine pack to supplement all of the other bags I already own. My main usage will be weekend ice crags and more technical ascents. All the bells and whistles with no frills. I wanted the storage capacity volume, while keeping the pack compact, so I opted for the 42L over the 32L, but ordered the size S/M and not the M/L since my torso length falls right in between the two size ranges. The pack lenght is just a little bit on the small side, so the waste belt does not sit on my hips as it should. However, the pack sits above my climbing harness (as I hoped it would) so overall, I am very pleased. Also, the quality of BD products is second to none. I also like the fabric weight of this older model pack versus the new BD packs - evern though the newer fabrics are lighter and supposedly just as durable, I can't get past the idea that the new ones may tear from an ice screw or crampon point. I have no reservations about the materials from this pack. Thanks STP for offering this one up at an unbeatable price!
    • Describe Yourself: Outdoor Professional
    • Was this a gift?: No
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Kleingirl from Phillipsburg, NJ on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    I bought this as a replacement pack for my husband. After reviewing many other brands, we selected this one and have been very happy with our purchase.
    • Best Uses: Day Hikes, Travel
    • Describe Yourself: Casual Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Good Padding, Highly Adjustable, Large Capacity, Lightweight
    • Was this a gift?: Yes
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Belay slave from Washington on Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    I bought this pack for my husband for his birthday to replace a 15 year old pack. He has never been as excited about a Sierra Trading Post purchase and spent a long time examining each feature. It is perfect for his climbing adventures.
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Padding, Good Suspension, Highly Adjustable, Large Capacity, Lightweight
    • Was this a gift?: Yes
    • What Is Your Gear Style: Comfort Driven
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by EP from PVE, CA on Tuesday, September 13, 2011
    great for off trail where rocks and brush can easily snag the light fabric packs. The tradeoff is a bit more weight. A pack you don't have to worry about.
    • Best Uses: Extended Hikes
    • Cons: Heavy
    • Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
    • Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Padding
    • Was this a gift?: No

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    • The only difference is the capacity the the (42) has 2563 cubic.inches and the (32) has 1953 cubic.inches.
      Answered on 12/6/2011 12:00:00 AM by STPGearPro-Ryan from Sierra Trading Post
  • “The pack came with 3 additional straps...What are they for??”
    Asked by Anonymous from Unknown on 10/16/2011 12:00:00 AM
    • The 2 narrow straps attach to the 4 d rings in the center of the pack to attach your crampons to he pack. The larger strap can be used in place of the padded hip belt.
      Answered on 10/19/2011 12:00:00 AM by STP Gear Doctor Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
    • One strap is an alternate/replacement for the waist belt - a non padded version to strip weight for those summit pushes where every ounce counts. The other two straps are for the crampon straps to attach them to the pack. Simply undo the straps on the buckles, feed them through the D-rings on the pack, then rethread the buckes. If done properly, you should be able to carry items vertically in them even if you don't use them for crampons. For example, I like to put my crampons in the pack and use those straps to attach my sleeping pad to the pack. - I hop ethis helps.
      Answered on 11/16/2011 12:00:00 AM by Not My Real Name from Northeast, USA
  • “Does the top cover/pocket come off.”
    Asked by Anonymous from Unknown on 8/27/2011 12:00:00 AM
    • Yes it does zip and clip off.
      Answered on 8/29/2011 12:00:00 AM by Anonymous from None
  • “Does this pack have a hydration sleeve?”
    Asked by John from Alta Loma on 4/28/2011 12:00:00 AM
    • This pack is hydration compatible.
      Answered on 4/28/2011 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post
  • “how many liters is this pack?”
    Asked by Anonymous from Unknown on 4/28/2011 12:00:00 AM
    • This is a 40-42 L pack.
      Answered on 4/29/2011 12:00:00 AM by Customer Care from Sierra Trading Post

About Black Diamond Equipment

Black Diamond Equipment sets the standard in dependable rock climbing, alpinism, and backcountry skiing gear. What started with an eighteen-year-old man with a hammer and anvil has emerged into an employee-owned, global company that outdoor enthusiasts know and trust. When it comes to gear, Black Diamond Equipment constantly dreams of what could be and criticizes what exists to engineer the best gear out there, through rigorous, hands-on testing. From crampons and helmets to probes and backpacks, Black Diamond Equipment brings simple, yet powerful gear to the forefront of life on rock, snow, ice or mountain.