From single-push blitzes in the central Alaska Range to big Sierra ridge traverses, the Black Diamond Speed 30 is our streamlined, strippable climbing pack optimized for alpine-style ascents on rock or ice. Outfitted with our reACTIV suspension system and a removable hipbelt, lid and framesheet, the Speed offers a comfortable yet minimalist carry for your on-route essentials. Ice-tool attachments, a tuck-away rope strap and ladder-lock crampon straps secure all your technical gear on the approach.
The redesigned Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack offers lightweight performance and a streamlined design that excels during fast alpine forays on rock or ice.
|Adjustable torso:||32 liters|
|Dimensions:||34 - 39 inches|
|Fits torso:||1,830 cubic inches|
|Fits waist/hips:||1,950 cubic inches|
|Frame material:||2 lbs. 10 oz.|
|Gear capacity (L):||Internal|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||No|
|Material:||2 lbs. 9 oz.|
|Materials:||210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion|
|Number of exterior pockets:||17.5 - 20.5 inches|
|Number of stays:||1.16 kilograms|
|Raincover included:||29 - 34 inches|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||19.5 - 23.5 inches|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||1.18 kilograms|
|Volume:||32 L / 1950 cu in.|
|Weight:||1.63 kg / 2 lb 10 oz|
|Weight - metric:||30 liters|
Another super bomber pack from the good folks at BD. The material feels solid and holds up well to scrapes and general pack abuse. It's not the most water-resistant I've found, but I always have a trash bag liner anyway, so no big deal. I love the Swingarm suspension and how it hugs your body rather than staying rigid on your back; the shoulder straps are pretty thin, but the pack isn't designed for super heavy loads so I don't notice them rubbing, plus the pack carries so well that there's not much weight on your shoulders anyway. I'm also a big fan of the padded bottom. God knows I've accidentally dropped my pack a bit too hard a few too many times so it's nice having that little extra padding and durability. Also the buckles are gloves-on-compatible-for-unbuckling. Super nice for cold days.
The hipbelt is a bit of a PITA to take on and off, the expansion collar is way too big IMHO, and the adjustment buckles on the shoulderstraps and brain have two different ways to thread them, one locked and one free to slide, but they're all things that I've figured out how to resolve and/or deal with efficiently.
All in all, super solid pack full of hidden secrets (okay just one - the tucked away rope strap) but yeah, I love it.
Thanks to yellowlab's comment, I finally went for the speed 30.
I'm coming from a Dakine Pro II (26L)
It's an early test, but here are my first impressions.
Pack is very light and versatile
Build quality is really nice
Volume is ideal : it can go from really small to quite big. It looks like its visual aspect always fits the situation : small and sexy looking for day use, growing big and technical in the mountains.
Hip Belt is removable
You can clip both sides of the roll top to the sides (which makes it perfect for everyday use)
Pack is really comfortable and well designed
Paid it 80euros, which is a killer bargain for this quality
Lack of an outer pocket or a hip belt pocket, if you don't want to carry the top one.
As for all technical packs, straps are hanging, which gets on my nerves. I'd really appreciate it if packs could have somekind of a small neopren sheath on the straps. To prevent them from hanging. Not a big deal though,I will make my owns.
I now have to see wether it will be maturing like a fine french wine, or tear appart !
I have the Sulfur in a small and it fits like a dream. Because the hip belt is removable and held in place by velcro, I actually moved it up to make the torso length even shorter. The pack stays in place when you run, so I'm assuming on technical terrain it will do the same (I haven't done much more than gentle scrambling). I tried on a few of the BD packs, and this one felt the best. I took off the top pocket, and will probably only use it for overnight stuff. The roll down top is nice for getting your pack small, but is a little inconvenient when you want to access something quickly (like a granola bar... etc). As someone mentioned below, I also noticed that the pack bulges toward your back when the hydration bladder is full.
The sulfur color is slightly more greenish yellow than the picture above. In my opinion, the actual color is better than the picture above.
Super awesome pack. It's very versatile and robust. The reactive technology is great: it allows the back to move with you as opposed to staying completely rigid on your back. The internal frame really helps load the weight onto your hips. Speaking of which, the hip belt is very comfy. The top loading design makes this pack very efficient with space. The ice axe loops are a little weird... I had to read the booklet to figure it out. other than that, the crampon patch and rope strap are great features. This pack is great for one day alpine trips!
I have the old model of the speed (32L) for more then 5 years now for one and up to two days trek. The pack was in snow and rain and in the desert. it has rub against rock all this years all the time! I use it every two week.
The canvas is still strong and look good (I need to wash it :) the back system work great and all the zippers and buckle.
It is a great pack for do it all for years to came! buy it!
I have the mission 75 and it is an awesome pack, but too big for my needs at times. I bought this pack to make myself pack less crap that I don't need. The Speed 30 is supper light, moves with you and is very comfortable loaded. The only thing I don't like about the pack is the roll top closure. That is a very minor thing for me though. Highly recommend this pack.
I really enjoyed this backpack. I've used a number of different brands in my time, but this pack stands out from the rest. First, it's comfortable to have on your back for hours on end. Second, shape is perfect for multiple outdoor uses. Furthermore, In my opinion go with the 30 size instead of the 22 size, Because it's always nice to have extra cubic inches even on short climbing runs.
This pack is durable, got all the fastening points you would need, is versatile for streamlined summit climbs (can remove backing, hip belt and top pocket) and very comfortable.
I'm 5'11" and I got the medium which fits me perfect. In the photo, I threaded the orange straps through the crampon patch and it secures my crampons which I store in a Black Diamond crampon bag.
I highly recommend it!