Speed 40


Speed 40
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Speed 40
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By Tsuyoshi
Page Type Mar 6, 2009 / Mar 6, 2009
Object ID 5938
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Product Description

The streamlined Speed 40 pack from Black Diamond excels during day-long hikes in alpine environments.

Going to the top? Removable top pocket and hip belt pare down weight when you're logging vertical feet

210-denier nylon sheds water and withstands abrasion; wear-prone areas feature extra-tough 400-denier nylon

Unique V-Lite aluminum stay provides flexible support and improves on the strength-to-weight ratio of average
aluminum stays

Ergo-molded foam backpanel, cushy waistbelt and shoulder straps are anatomically shaped to eliminate pressure points and transfer load evenly

Load-lifter straps and sternum strap dial in the fit and add stability, helping to keep shoulder straps ideally positioned

Top-loading access opens wide to let you easily load and unload gear

Accessory loops are streamline, durable and extremely tough, making them ideal for attaching ice and snow gear

Side compression straps secure and stabilize both large and small loads

Internal pocket holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) and provides hands-free drinking on the trail


Fit Unisex
Frame type Internal
Approximate volume 2,441 cubic inches
Approximate volume - metric 40 liters
Average weight 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Average weight - metric 1.1 kilograms
Adjustable torso No
Fits torso 18.5 - 21.5 inches
Dimensions 28 x 11 x 10 inches
Material Nylon
Number of pockets 2 + main compartment
Hydration compatible Yes
Access / Loading Top

I love this pack

I use this pack for a lot of reasons. In the winter it is great for gear intensive day trips to overnight trips. In the summer months, this pack could easily go for 5+ days if going ultralight!

The suspension on this pack works extremely well supporting loads of over 40 lbs with decent comfort. Taking the suspension out of the pack converts the pack into a great summit pack. loose the hip belt and lid along with the suspension and you drop a whole pound off the weight!

The material is thin and will probably wear out a lot faster than other burlier materials, but the weight savings makes up for the durability in my opinion. I have no problem being a little more careful with this pack to make it last longer. But with that said, I've hauled this a couple of times and it still looks great!

The hip belt can be replaced with a webbing only hip belt which drops even more weight! Tool and crampon attachments are simple and do their job well.

This is a simple backpack that carried weight well and climbs well when stripped. Black diamond skipped all the complicated features of other packs to create a tube that eats gear and climbs ice sock and snow confidently.



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