Black Diamond Alias Pack

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With a lightweight, top-loading design, the streamlined Black Diamond Alias is an all-purpose backcountry pack for everything from hut tours to ski mountaineering.

The Alias features Black Diamond's ergoACTIV suspension system, which allows the pack to move with you. A pivot-mounted hipbelt allows you to pick your knees up high without restriction, and a steel cable that connects the two shoulder straps together so that you can raise your arm on one side and have the shoulder strap elongate to accomodate the motion, without shifting your load off-balance. Lock-out straps allow you to stop the motion of the hipbelt when you want it to sit in one spot. 

In addition to the suspension, the Alias features an enclosed avy-tool organizer pocket, ice tool PickPocket and tuck-away rope strap keep all your alpine essentials sorted and handy.

Feature list from Black Diamond


  • 840d nylon ballistic
  • 210d nylon SIL ripstop


  • Insulated hydration sleeve and A-frame ski carry


  • Fixed top pocket with skirt closure, plus tuck-away rope strap and hipbelt stash pockets
  • Enclosed 1/2-zip avy-tool organizer pocket and hipbelt stash pocket


  • reACTIVIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps and breathable, hydrophobic backpanel


  • High-tenacity 210d Dyneema ripstop side panels
  • Top-loading access
The Black Diamond Alias Pack sheds all non-essential components to provide you with a lightweight, streamlined bag for backcountry skiing. This Black Diamond pack includes A-frame and diagonal ski carry options as well as a shovel pocket, but other than that it's simply a durable, basic bag with a lid. What do you really need but a sack to carry your food, clothes, and avy gear for a sweet day in the goods?

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SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Alias Pack.

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For long tours and technical ski-mountaineering objectives where the ascent is as involved as the ski down, the Black Diamond Alias Pack combines lightweight, technical prowess with winter-specific functionality.
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Adjustable Torso Length:No
Detachable Pack:no
Helmet Carrier:no
Hydration Bladder Included:no
Hydration Compatible:yes
Ice Axe Loops:yes
Material:100% Nylon
Number of Pockets:4
Organization Pocket:yes
Primary Access:Top Access
Shovel Pocket:yes
Ski / Snowboard Carrier:yes
Sleeping Bag Compartment:no
Suspension:Internal Frame
Trekking Pole Loops:yes
Volume:[S/M] 30 L ( 1,831 cu in); [M/L] 32 L (1,953 cu in)
Weight:3 lbs / 1.36 kg
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Black Diamond Alias Pack Review:


I wore this pack for ski touring this spring, and I was happy with it.
Pros: I love the buckles on the side compression straps. They make lashing skis to the pack (and taking them off at the top of a booter) so easy. It's fairly light, it's a good size for one or two days, and it carries well even when it's not full. All the features are simple, functional and well thought out.
Sizing: I'm 6'00''. M/L fits perfectly.
Cons: I don't think this pack was designed to carry big weight. I wore it on four trips in late spring where I had to hike a few miles with boots and skis lashed to the pack - a pretty heavy load when you add H2O, crampons, etc. After that, I wished BD had used more padding on the shoulder straps and hip belt. Some of the straps (the stabilizer straps in particular) slip under heavy weight. Because the pack is narrow at the bottom, I sometimes kick my tails when I hike downhill with my skis strapped on A-frame style. (However, I was riding 198's, so that may have been a contributing factor.)
Bottom line: awesome pack for one or two days of traditional ski touring (skinning from the trailhead). Less awesome, but still good, for hiking into backcountry skiing with all your gear on your back.

schuss at on 06/02/2011