Black Diamond Nitro

Priced: $82.95 - $119.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 5 reviews.
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Black Diamond Nitro Pack Features.

Black Diamond Nitro Pack.
Hit the mountain route with stride with the Black Diamond Nitro Pack. Applying the reACTIV suspension system, the pack responds to your body s motions by distributing load across your shoulders. It has OpenAir backpanel that supports the air travel in your back to keep you dry. With shoulder straps and a waist belt, the Nitro mimes your torso s move to make striding less straining. Its zippered panel access provides straightforward packing and unpacking items. Tool loops attached on it can accommodate fastening for trekking poles or ice adzes and a light clip to hold bike lights for mountain biking. The pack s front, side, and hipbelt stretch pockets cater storage for additional gears and straps when needed. It also has a specialty pocket for a raincover to protect your luggage when a storm suddenly arrives. Hydration compatible, it enables you to externally access its hydration sleeve so you don t have to look inside the pack for a water bottle. Rain or shine, the Black Diamond Nitro Pack is your ideal hiking set to spend the entire day hiking.
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Key Features.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Features a breathable back panel and soft, breathable 3D mesh on the hipbelt and shoulder straps for robust support and comfort


  • Innovative ReACTIV suspension features lightweight aluminum frame and floating waistbelt
  • Internal frame


  • Hipbelt pocket, front compression stretch pocket and side stretch pockets provide plenty of accessible storage options for water bottles, snacks and other essentials

Weather and Wind:

  • Raincover pocket keeps an accessory rain cover (cover sold separately) easy to reach so your gear stays dry when a storm suddenly strikes
  • Front, side and hip belt stretch pockets and rain cover pocket (rain cover not included)


  • Zippered panel access makes it easy to pack and unpack your gear
  • Waistbelt zip pocket


  • reActive XP suspension system blends fixed shoulder straps with an ultra-responsive, floating hip-belt that responds to your body's movements for greater comfort and stability
  • Backpacker magazine award winner for "Most Comfortable" daypack


  • Front panel pocket with compression straps


  • The Black Diamond Nitro pack is constructed of 210-denier ripstop nylon for excellent durability and light weight


  • OpenAir padded back panel


  • Thermoformed, vented back panel helps circulate fresh air between the pack and your back to keep you feeling comfortable


  • Trekking pole/ice axe loops, hydration compatible
  • Internal hydration sleeve holds a reservoir (not included)
  • Hydration sleeve can be accessed externally so you don't have to tear your pack apart to refill your water bladder
  • Top-loading main compartment with hydration pocket and exit port (bladder not included)


  • Made in Philippines


  • Patent-pending reACTIV suspension with Open-Air back panel


  • Tool loops and compression straps accommodate trekking poles or an ice axe
  • reACTIV suspension with high-flow OpenAir backpanel, shoulder straps and waistbelt
  • Shoulder straps are linked by the cable which helps maintain an even, balanced load across the shoulders
  • Innovative shoulder straps move in concert with a hiker’s stride or a climber’s reach by sliding through the bottom of the pack with a low-friction cable and housing


  • Weight 2 lb. 4 oz.
  • Also features external holders for your trekking poles, loops for your ice axes for the winter, and a bike light clip for commuting in the city
  • US shipments only
Hit the trail all day or head up the mountain for just a few hours, either way the Black Diamond Nitro Backpack will help you take the wilderness in stride. This pack features Black Diamond's articulating suspension system for ultimate comfort, a breathable back panel to aid circulation and dry up sweat, and holders for your trekking poles, ice axes, and bike light. Streamlined and sized just right for hiking, biking, or travel, this backpack will quickly turn into your do-it-all carrier.

Massey's Outfitters
Quiet forest trails, deserted summits and sunny red-rock scrambles-these are the natural habitats of the 22-liter Black Diamond Nitro pack. Built with a pared-down simplicity and the ideal day-hiking feature set, the Nitro carries the essentials with maximum comfort thanks to its reACTIV suspension system with high-flow OpenAir backpanel, shoulder straps and waistbelt. Stretch organizer pockets stash you small items, and a raincover pocket (raincover not included) stores your pack cover when the weather is clear. reACTIV suspension with high-flow OpenAir backpanel, shoulder straps and waistbelt.
Zippered panel access.
Trekking pole/ice axe loops, bike light clip.
Front, side and hipbelt stretch pockets and raincover pocket (raincover not included)
Hydration compatible with external access hydration sleeve
Rocky Mountain Trail

With a dialed-in feature set and our reACTIV suspension with high-flow OpenAir padding, the Nitro is a breathable, mid-volume day tripper built for any fast-paced outing.
Quiet forest trails, deserted summits and sunny red-rock scrambles-these are the natural habitats of the 22-liter Black Diamond Nitro pack. Built with a pared-down simplicity and the ideal day-hiking feature set, the Nitro carries the essentials with maximum comfort thanks to its reACTIV suspension system with high-flow OpenAir backpanel, shoulder straps and waistbelt. Stretch organizer pockets stash you small items, and a raincover pocket (raincover not included) stores your pack cover when the weather is clear.

Sierra Trading Post
Black Diamond Equipment's Nitro backpack is streamlined for quick day trips and technical scrambles. The Nitro features an innovative swiveling waistbelt and shoulder straps connected with a hidden cable for smooth movement and unmatched stability.
Made with the simple hikers in mind, the Black Diamond® Nitro pack has a sleek design with enough room for all that is needed for the quiet forest trails or sunny red-rock hikes.
Zippered main opening allows easy access to all your belongings.
Hipbelt stash pocket, side stretch pockets and front compression stretch pocket.
reACTIV suspension with high-flow OpenAir back panel, shoulder straps and waistbelt.
Trekking pole/ ice axe loops.
Hydration compatible with external hydration sleeve.

The nimble and streamlined Black Diamond Nitro pack is a great choice for quick hikes and fast scrambles when you don't want unecessary weight and bulk to slow you down.


Mountain Gear
Save your energy for the crag with the breathable Nitro Backpack from Black Diamond.
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Additional Info:Hydration compatible with external access hydration sleeve (reservoir not included)
Adjustable Torso Length:No
Adjustable torso:22 liters
Average Stock Weight:2 lbs 2 oz / 980 g
Bottom Width:9 in
Depth:6 1⁄2 in
Detachable Pack:no
Dimensions:28 - 45 inches
Dimensions (HxWxD):23x11x9"
Fits torso:1,220 cubic inches
Fits waist/hips:1,342 cubic inches
Frame material:1 lb. 15 oz.
Frame type:Hiking
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):No
Handle Drop:1 3⁄4 in
Handle Length:6 3⁄4 in
Height:21 in
Helmet Carrier:no
Hydration Bladder Included:no
Hydration Compatible:yes
Ice Axe Loops:yes
M/L:890 g.
Material:210d nailhead main, 210d dobby abrasion
Materials:210D dobby abrasion, 210D nailhead.
Number of Pockets:4
Number of exterior pockets:16 - 19 inches
Number of stays:0.87 kilograms
Organization Pocket:yes
Pack access:No
Pack loading:No
Primary Access:Front Panel Access
Raincover included:26 - 40 inches
S/M:870 g.
Shovel Pocket:no
Ski / Snowboard Carrier:no
Sleeping bag compartment:18.5 - 21 inches
Strap Drop:16 in
Strap Length:38 in
Suspended mesh back panel:0.89 kilograms
Suspension:Internal Frame
Trekking Pole Loops:yes
Volume:[S/M] 20 L ( 1220 cu in) [M/L] 22 L (1342 cu in)
Weight:Stock: [S/M] 870 g (1 lb 14 oz) [M/L] 890 g (1 lb 15 oz)
Weight - metric:20 liters
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Black Diamond Nitro Reviews:


comfortable pack, odd hydration sleeve

This pack includes comfort features that you would normally hope for on larger packs...all while keeping the weight to a reasonable level. It even includes the reACTIV suspension system...a nice feature if you ever load this up.

My only serious complaint is with the external access hydration sleeve. This is more of a deep pocket that is positioned between the back panel and the main compartment. It's a bit hard to access (you can barely fit your hand in it), and it hasn't any way of sealing out the rain.

I've noticed this same clumsy external hydration sleeve design on some other packs. I hope it's a fashion that goes away...or is at least improved upon.

Personally, I like having a simple hydration sleeve in the main compartment. When it's not used for a hydration pouch, it can be a useful divider pocket for a tablet or gloves or hat, etc.

That aside, overall the pack has a clean design, more comfortable than others, especially in the 20 liter range. If Black Diamond simplified the hydration sleeve by bringing it back inside, I'd give it five stars.
rained on in Washington at REI on 08/08/2013

Great Back

Just got this and ran this through a steep section of trails and I must say that I was quite impressed. I have owned many 1-2 day packs and this is my favorite as the suspension system and back panel is a dream (stable, weight balanced and breathable). I usually carry 2L of water and all my 10 essentials and while this does not take up 20L the option is still there for winter or higher assents. Even at half capacity the bag still distributes the weight nicely and keeps its shape. The pack is light for 20L compared to many others and I prefer the bulk loading area opposed to twenty different organization pockets. The down sides are that it is hard to stash poles in the gear loops at the back. I would like to see a mini daisy chain just for those awkward to carry items such as crampons. The reservoir pouch is separate from the main compartment which is nice BUT it is a bit hard to get the bladder in but this is not really a concern for me. Anyway I was quite impressed.
Erik Je at REI on 06/06/2013

Excellent Pack

Having owned 40-odd packs over many decades, I think I know what a good internal frame suspension system should feel like. This one is the best, probably better than the suspension system in my somewhat larger Osprey pack. It fits certain of my needs almost perfectly: hiking, scrambling, cragging, and some alpine climbing. The only problem is that there is no good way to strap a pair of crampons on the front. It can be done but with some awkwardness. The problem could be solved with four strategically placed loops. Come on, BD, what would it cost per unit, 50 cents?
Grizvet at REI on 04/04/2013

I have the older version of the Nitro. This newer version sheds weight and has a grooved open foam in the back which is a new addition to help with ventilation. The hip belt is also padded and you can hike for days. This new model is more vertical and does not stick out as much keeping your weight closer to your body. Great for climbing/skiing/hiking. Awesome pack, and if you have any problems contact Black Diamond. they will fix it. Bomber pack

J.D at on 04/21/2013

Love this back pack

I took this back pack on vacation to Kauai. It was great for hiking and sight seeing day trips. It has one zippered compartment. One or two more inside would have been nice. Very good overall.
Big Tom 99 at REI on 05/05/2013