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Speed 30


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Speed 30

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

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Page By: mtnbnd

Created/Edited: Oct 30, 2005 / Oct 30, 2005

Object ID: 1461

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This season’s super-light alpine pack is constructed from lightweight and tough 210d SilNylon. The Speed 30 has the perfect capacity and features for traveling light and fast over snow and ice. Designed to be worn climbing, the Speed 30’s narrow profile keeps it away from your arms as you climb. Stripped down to the essentials, the Speed 30 offers firmer padding all around, a removable foam bivy pad, adjustable side ski straps and ice axe holders. The Speed 30 is a hard-core summit pack for speed alpinists and summit mountaineers needing a minimalist rig to make that final push.


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mtnbndUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This is a great pack. Perfect for a day out in the winter. Very light with plenty of storage. Two compression straps per side. The framesheet can be used as a bivy pad.
Posted Oct 30, 2005 7:21 pm


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This is an excellent top loading pack with ample volume for overnight peak climbing adventures. Pack's carrying system makes the load very comfortable. Pack is lightweight, material is beefy and water repellant.

I bought this pack, after months of looking, when the bartack stitching on shoulder strap, on my incomparable 30 year old Buzzard Mountain Ware ruthsac, went south.

While the BD Speed 30 fits well, I WOULD have bought a Large but the BD sales rep said he was 6'2 and used a Medium (my wife measured my torso, also within M parameters). I am 6'1 and the waist belt rides high on my waist, so I think I would have preferred the large size.

The pack rides/carries comfortably, and the swing-arm shoulder strap design keeps the pack well balanced on back when twisting and stretching on 4th & 5th class ascents. On a recent peak ascent my partner unloaded 6 full 20 oz. drink bottles into my BD Speed. There was ample space in addition to my 2-1quart water bottles, Gatorade, guide pants, gore-tex jacket, 2 fleece jackets and trail shoes etc.. and the extra weight was not bothersome.

It is a top loading bag, which I prefer, which does require attention and organization when packing to keep load balanced. I like the roll top closure, for smaller loads. Like all my previous BD gear this item is well made and after two Colorado peak outings looks like it will last a long time.

I bought this Speed 30 online from BD because not one mountain gear store between Steamboat Springs and Telluride had one in stock, even REI/Denver did not have one — crazy!! The bottom line; great mountaineering pack!
Posted Oct 17, 2012 12:52 pm

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