Zippo Pack


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Zippo Pack
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By Josh
Page Type Dec 14, 2001 / Jan 28, 2019
Object ID 8758
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Who says more is better? Not BD. The backcountry requires a slender, lower-profile pack that can easily be worn as we glide and turn our way through champagne powder (or, god forbid, wind-hammered, rain-crusted hardpack). Well, the Zippo was specifically designed for this purpose. It’s a simple, streamlined pack with a clamshell design that opens instantly for access to our essentials. The expandable crampon pouch also doubles as a great water bottle pocket. Best of all... it’s affordable!


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Chenault - Feb 28, 2002 10:47 am - Voted 4/5

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This is an good little pack for day-long adventures of all kinds. It has enough straps to attatch any toy you could want, the ski, ice axe, and crampon straps all work well. The big zipper is burly, and allows great access to all your stuff. The large inside pocket is great for keeping small stuff organized, and the velcro flap for your hydration hose is a nice touch.
I've used this for carrying climbing gear to routes, which with a light to moderate trad rack works fine. It rides just high enough to stay above your harness, and is slim enough to not interfere in arm movement. My favorite use, however, is day hiking and peak bagging, for which it is the perfect size for a long day, will water, food, and storm gear.
The shoudler straps are good, they pinched my neck until I figured out the right adjustment length. Also, the bar tack holding the ski strap in with the side seam tends to get in front of the back pad and form a pressure point, particularly when the pack is not quite fully loaded. I glued it in place, and this hasn't been a problem since. The fabric isn't bomber (i scraped a hole sliding down a slab with a wad of cams right in the bottom, but patched it with duct tape and seam grip, my bad anyway), but strikes a good balance between light and durable.
Overall, a nice and versitile little pack for day-long mountain excursions.

spyder550 - Sep 28, 2002 6:51 pm - Voted 4/5

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Using the zippo pack for over two years I have come to rely on it as a school, crag, and mountaineering pack. Really it is my pack of choice for any activity not extending 24 hours (plans are being made to do a multi-day ultra-light trip though). At school it can be a little small for all the books but who wants to carry every book. I use the pack everyday to haul books, shell jacket, water bottle, bike lock, and other crap. At the crags it carries my shoes, harness, and other gear well and is a great pack to climb in with its higher ride height. It will hold more than enough of the necessities for day hikes and my hiking partners and I will share it between us. I have also used the pack on many winter mountaineering trips carry on it harness, helmet, axe, crampons, water bladder, and extra clothes. On these trips it can get heavy and the shoulders will be sore the next morning. I have also done extensive customizing to the pack, replacing or getting rid of the many unneeded features. So far it has lost about 4 oz. My only complaints are that the shoulder straps are not more comfortable and that at times the padding in the bottom of the pack won't keep equipment from pressing into your lower back.

DukeJH - Nov 24, 2003 5:46 pm - Voted 4/5

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I've had this pack for just over a year. I bought it for a peakbagging day and was very impressed. The daisy chain is bomber. I attached my son's pack to this pack with carabiners to lighten his load and the pack carried it well. I really appreciate the generic nature of the hydration pocket and the velcro flap over the hose exit. It allows me to use any hydration system I want ( I use both Platypus and Camelback). This pack is the perfect size for a day of light hiking and peakbagging.

In the rock realm, I can carry all of my personal gear for a day at the crags including harness, helmet, webbing, helemt, rack, storm gear, water, and food. Coil the rope right and you can easily attach it too.

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