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 powe ... Learn more about Black Diamond Equipmentrful gear to the forefront of life on rock, snow, ice or mountain. ... Less
Reviewed by mike from new yourk on Monday, June 27, 2011
Love Black Diamond bags in general, beautiful design, minimalist tech, straightforward, well built, good sizes, clean. Wish the bag was more resistant to rain, I use a pack cover in case of weather but could have used a more hydro-phobic outer on it. Also not very modular/customizable. Some molle or other system for adding side pouches, straos etc would be a nice addition.
Best Uses: Day Hikes, Extended Hikes, Light Loads, School, Travel
Describe Yourself: Casual Adventurer
Pros: Comfortable, Easy To Load, Good Padding, Good Suspension, Highly Adjustable, Large Capacity, Lightweight
Reviewed by widgetplacer from Middle Earth... Ohio on Saturday, June 18, 2011
On a recent 2 week outing of climbing in Seneca, WV and Linville Gorge, NC. I used this pack the whole time without any problems aside from the shoulder straps becoming somewhat uncomfortable while its fully loaded.
I love the removable hip belt option! Makes climbing while wearing the pack a breeze. Built in hydration sleeve was big enough to drop in a 2L bladder.. Probably could have went larger. Plenty of compression straps to allow for a great fit and to secure the load nice and evenly. I really also enjoy the removable lid. I kept smaller items in it that I would also want in the tent with me.
All in all, I would make the purchase again if I had too.
Best Uses: Day Hikes, Extended Hikes
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Pros: Easy To Load, Highly Adjustable, Lightweight