Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack.
Every great adventure on the alpine terrain needs a reliable pack to keep things accessible and handy, it s now made possible by the Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack. Armed with 420d Velocity with 420d welded abrasion material, this pack is efficiently sturdy to face the high ground. Built with a patent-pending ergoActiv suspension and fixed torso length, the Epic 45 Pack feels like it s a part of you as you face rocky faces and ridges. It has SwingArm shoulder straps that allow you to move your arms with freedom. This Epic 45 Pack from Black Diamond even prevents your back from sweating with its thermoformed, vented back panel. With its top-loading with fixed top pocket feature, you can easily access the goodies inside without slipping off. It includes a rope strap to tuck you rope safely. Utilizing a 3-point haul system, the Epic 45 Pack makes hauling walls smoother. Geared with Ice tool PickPockets and crampon patch, it keeps your pointy tools and crampons outside with maximum security. It is manufactured with a removable padded hip belt to help transfer the load so your waist can move naturally. You can trek steep slopes with composure, thanks to its fixed webbing belt. The Epic 45 Pack is hydration compatible, allowing you to replenish your thirst without wasting effort. Carry a Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack and feel secure embarking on a fantastic alpine adventure.
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The Black Diamond Epic 45 Pack. Top-loading guide-style pack for ice, rock or alpine missions with ergoACTIV suspension.
One climbing pack to do it all, the Epic 45 is Black Diamond's most versatile pack built to handle the full 365 days of sunny rock routes, frigid icefalls and foreboding alpine faces. This guide-style, top-loading pack employs our ergoACTIV suspension system, which uses an active, pivoting hipbelt for dynamic, responsive movement over variable terrain. Ice-tool PickPockets™ and ladder-lock crampon straps secure your technical gear on the approach and the descent.
The Black Diamond Epic 45 pack is a durable ice cragger with a suspension that offers great range of motion and freedom of movement.
|Accessory Strap Drop:||8 1⁄2 in|
|Accessory Strap Length:||23 in|
|Adjustable Torso Length:||No|
|Average Stock Weight:||3 lbs 12 oz / 1.72 kg|
|Bottom Width:||13 1⁄2 in|
|Fits waist/hips:||45 liters|
|Frame material:||43 liters|
|Gear capacity (L):||Internal|
|Gear capacity (cu. in.):||Internal|
|Handle Length:||3 in|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||no|
|Ice Axe Loops:||yes|
|Materials :||420d nylon|
|Middle Width:||12 1⁄2 in|
|Number of Pockets:||1|
|Number of exterior pockets:||3 lbs. 7 oz.|
|Number of stays:||2,746 cubic inches|
|Pack Fabric (Primary):||420D NuHyde with 420D welded abrasion|
|Pack access:||3 lbs. 6 oz.|
|Pack loading:||2,624 cubic inches|
|Primary Access:||Top Access|
|Raincover included:||1.55 kilograms|
|Ski / Snowboard Carrier:||no|
|Sleeping bag compartment:||3 lbs. 5 oz.|
|Strap Drop:||5 1⁄2 in|
|Strap Length:||15 in|
|Suspended mesh back panel:||2,868 cubic inches|
|Top Width:||11 1⁄2 in|
|Trekking Pole Loops:||no|
|Trip Length:||Weekend (2-3 nights)|
|Volume:||S 2624 cu. in.M 2746 cu. in.L 2868 cu. in.|
|Volume Range:||46-59 liters|
|Weight:||S 3 lb. 11 oz.M 3 lb. 11 oz.L 3 lb. 12 oz.|
|Weight - metric:||No|
|Weight Capacity:||30-50 lb.|
I'm 6'4 with a long torso, so I love the extra long length available in this pack. I was also pleasantly surprised with the weight of the pack; very nice given its size. There is a strap hidden in the top of the pack for carrying a rope, a nice touch that doesn't get mentioned. Also appreciate the single buckle to close. One less thing to do. Hip belt was well padded especially given the low weight, that was also an excellent surprise. I used to be all about the pockets but I have progressed to valuing lower weight over more pockets, so the single big hole on this pack works perfectly for me.
Its a little annoying that the top isn't floating (the back is fixed to the top of the main pack) but I don't think I will massively overload this pack so I am not too worried about it. Also the shoulder straps are a bit narrow around the neck area, but they seem to have known and accounted for that with different material there.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this pack and I will probably make it my go to winter backcountry pack for ice climbing/mountaineering. I'll also going to sell my Osprey Variant 37 and pick up the Epic 35 if I can find it for shorter days.
I never imagined that I would say this about a pack, but the BD Epic 45 is so comfortable that I plan trips just so I can have an excuse to use it. It's that good.
It is loaded with a ton of features. I notice something new every time I put it on (did you know there is a whistle built into the chest buckle?). To be honest, I doubt that most people who choose this pack, myself included, will ever use this thing to its full potential. It can do almost anything that could be expected of a pack. Most importantly, it will keep you comfortable and on your feet no matter where you are or what you are doing.
If you have yet to try out a BD pack designed with the ErgoACTIV system, do so. You will be impressed. The way it distributes the weight of the load and allows your torso to move freely is incredible. After using this pack, I can't believe I was satisfied with anything else.
I'm a medium sized guy, 5'10", and the medium fits me superbly well. Great fit, easily adjustable, amazing pack overall. Oh, and that Cobalt blue is BLUE. Still loving it.
I recently used this on a backpacking trip on the Superior hiking trail . It was the 1st time useing this backpack. I was caring about 30 pounds for 4 days on the trail. The epic 45 was amazing I own few different backpacks Out all of them this is by far the best . We hike for about 10 hrs a day i never had any sore spots I dint ever have to adjust the straps with the ergoactiv system it was great on scrambles with the amount of movement that you have and no pain at the end of the day I highly recommend this to anyone ...
The Black Diamond Epic backpack exceeds the functionality of the Black Diamond Infinity 60 backpack for faster lighter climbs and true minimalist gear loads. On any other occasion I use the Infinity 60. The Epic is also 4 season pack and very durable. For me this is essential as I've been hiking and climbing for about fifty years and I don't like re-buying gear. I also want gear that I can depend on. If you get a chance try one out at a store. Pack what you'll be carrying and see how it feels. That's always the best way to go about choosing a pack.
I first saw the Ergo-Active thing and went... wha?
Tried it on, and was like... WOAH.
Scrambling sketchy 4th class with a pack on can be scary, but this thing moves with you like no other pack can, keeping your center of gravity from dramatically shifting and throwing you off balance. The material feels super burley, and the fit is very comfortable on my back. The 45 has a very long torso which was kind of strange on me (I'm 5'10" with weirdly long legs and a shortish torso), but the 35 feels awesome.
Big fan of the rope strap/lid, holds a rope great.
This pack has been on many many alpine and ice climbing trips. My workhorse for sure. Most of the time I only need 35L, but the extra 10L has come in handy now and then. The Crampon patch works great, and the ice axe holders are the best I've used. I wish the lid floated, but it's not bad, the two pockets in the lid are great to keep things sorted. Super comfortable even on extended day long alpine climbs. Everything stays secure and comfortable on shoulders, back and hips.
This is by far the best climbing pack I have had so far. I've been through an EMS 2800, and a Cold Cold World. Recently did a long alpine route in the White Mnts and boy what a great thing the ergo-active is. From high angle post holeing to vertical ice it didn't feel like I had a pack on at all. The only comment so far is the frame makes it a little tough to climb vertical, hard to look up without the pack pushing the helmet forward.
The crampon strap and pick pocket are handy features, but what makes this pack shine is the ball joint belt connecter and swing-arm shoulder straps. The weight of the pack stays in your center of gravity when leaning and reaching. For me, the pack is extremely comfortable. Many will find the lumbar pad odd feeling or uncomfortable. It's one of those "love it or hate it" things.
* sooo cool color. Sooo cool look. Soooo good to leave at home
* rope strap buckle broke in my hands at trailhead
* I had to unstitch a hydration port joint a little to pull out Platipus drinking tube
* shoulder straps are too sharp and uncomfortable
* waist belt attachment hurt my back badly in 3 days
* hydration port somehow was blocked when the pack was closed. The only way to hydrate was to open the top lid
Resume: get 2010 Black Diamond Speed and replace velcro ice tools straps with something more reliable (e.g. 6-8" of 4-5mm cord).