Black Diamond Speed 40

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Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack Features.

Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack.
The Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack comes with plenty of climber-friendly features to accommodate your needs. The pack boasts a cavernous main compartment, removable lid, and inverted teardrop design. Speed 40 Pack introduces the reACTIV suspension system that blends fixed shoulder straps with an ultra-responsive, floating hip-belt that responds to your body's movements for greater comfort and stability. It uses a passive pivot mechanism that allows the pack to move with your body, a feature that s accentuated by floating shoulder straps that lets the pack weight to naturally adjust to your every move. SwingArm shoulder straps link each shoulder strap to the other by cable which allows greater arm mobility. Its thermoformed, vented back panel helps keep you comfortable in cold weather condition, while its roll-top closure with removable top pocket allows you to throw in last-minute essentials. Hydration compatibility means you don t have to fumble for a frozen water bottle at camp. The IceLink tool attachment and welded crampon patch help you organize things by efficiently lugging your ice gear wherever you go. If top quality is the thing that you demand, then Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack is the way to go.
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Key Features.


  • reACTIV suspension comfortably carries light loads over long distances; SwingArm™ shoulder straps move in concert with your stride and reach
  • 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


  • Removable top pocket with optional roll-top or internal skirt closure offers fast access to your needs

Lining and Layers:

  • Roll-top closure with removable top pocket allows you to throw in last-minute essentials like another layer


  • Removable hipbelt padding and top pocket let you pare down weight when you're heading for the top; skirt closure features a tuck-away rope strap
  • Removable padded hip belt to give you extra flexibility when you need it
  • Removable padded hipbelt, 4 mm aluminum frame and framesheet


  • Thermoformed, vented back panel helps keep you comfortable when things heat up during the approach


  • Internal pocket holds a hydration reservoir (sold separately) and provides hands-free drinking on the trail
  • Hydration compatibility means you don’t have to fumble for a frozen water bottle at camp
  • Speed 40 is hydration compatible so you can bring your hydration pack at all times
  • Crampon Bikini is available as an accessory, hydration compatible


  • Slip your water reservoir into the inner sleeve for hands-free, on-the-go beverage-ing (reservoir not included)


  • The Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack features side compression straps, ice-tool loops, a 3-point haul system and removable crampon straps
  • SwingArm shoulder straps link each shoulder strap to the other by cable, which allows you greater arm mobility when placing a tool and greater load stability during your approach


  • reACTIV suspension give you more freedom and movement


  • IceLink ice tool attachment and welded crampon patch help you efficiently lug your ice gear through the approach
  • 210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion
  • IceLink tool attachments, 3-point haul system, and welded crampon patch help you take on technical alpine terrains

The Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack. A strippable, lightweight alpine pack with reACTIV suspension.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack.
You want to go light and fast on your next mountain mission, and the Black Diamond Speed 40 Backpack is the right tool for the job. With a stripped-down weight of under 1,000 grams, the Speed 40 definitely lives up to its name. Black Diamond made sure to load this pack with plenty of climber-friendly features to accommodate your gear needs.
Climb new heights with the spacious and functional Speed 40 by Black Diamond®.
210-denier nylon sheds water and withstands abrasion for added protection. Wear-prone areas feature extra-tough 400-denier nylon.
Unique V-Lite aluminum stay provides flexible support and improves on the strength-to-weight ratio of average aluminum stays.
Ergo-molded foam backpanel, cushy waistbelt and shoulder straps are anatomically shaped to eliminate pressure points and transfer load evenly.
Top-loading access opens wide to let you easily load and unload gear.
Load-lifter straps and sternum strap dial in the fit and add stability, helping to keep shoulder straps ideally positioned.
Accessory loops are streamlined, durable and extremely tough, making them ideal for attaching ice and snow gear.
Side compression straps secure and stabilize both large and small loads.
Internal pocket holds hydration reservoir (sold separately) and provides hands-free drinking on the trail.
Best use - Climbing.
Frame type - Internal.
Gear capacity (cu. in.) - 2,441 cubic inches.
Gear capacity (L) - 40 liters.
Average weight - 2 lbs. 8 oz.
Average weight - metric - 1.1 kilograms.
Fits torso - 18.5 - 21.5 inches.
Fits waist/hips - 30 - 45 inches.
Material(s) - Nylon.
Frame material - Aluminum.
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A strippable, lightweight pack with a top-loading, roll-top closure, the Speed 40 features our reACTIV suspension and SwingArm™ shoulder straps.
A streamlined, strippable alpine pack for lightweight mountain missions, the Speed 40 now features our patent-pending reACTIV™ suspension and SwingArm™ shoulder straps that offer true freedom of movement. When it's time to push for the top, the pack's padded hipbelt, 4 mm aluminum frame, framesheet and top lid are all removable, converting the Speed 30 into an ultralight roll-top-closure summit pack. The IceLink™ tool attachments, 3-point haul system and welded crampon patch keep you prepared for technical alpine terrain.

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If you like the freedom to strip a pack down to its bare minimum when you need to make that final push to the summit, opt for Black Diamond’s Speed 40 backpack.


The redesigned Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack offers lightweight performance and a streamlined design that excels during fast alpine forays on rock or ice.


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Additional Info:Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)
Adjustable Torso Length:15.5" - 18.5" (S)
Adjustable torso:42
Average Stock Weight:3 lbs 4 oz / 1.47 kg
Backpack style:Internal
Bottom Width:11 in
Depth:9 in
Detachable Pack:yes
Dimensions:34 - 39
Fits torso:2,440
Fits waist/hips:2,563
Frame material:2 lbs. 10 oz.
Frame type:Climbing
Gear capacity (L):Internal
Gear capacity (cu. in.):Climbing
Handle Length:2 1⁄2 in
Height:25 in
Helmet Carrier:no
Hydration Bladder Included:no
Hydration Compatible:yes
Ice Axe Loops:yes
Material:210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion
Middle Width:11 1⁄2 in
Number of Pockets:2
Number of exterior pockets:17.5 - 20.5
Number of stays:1.16 kilograms
Organization Pocket:no
Pack access:No
Pack loading:No
Primary Access:Top Access
Raincover included:29 - 34
Shovel Pocket:no
Ski / Snowboard Carrier:no
Sleeping bag compartment:19.5 - 23.5
Strap Drop:4 1⁄2 in
Strap Length:14 1⁄2 in
Suspended mesh back panel:1.19 kilograms
Top Width:11 1⁄2 in
Trekking Pole Loops:no
Volume:[S] 38 L (2,319 cu in); [M] 40 L (2,440 cu in); [L] 42 L (2,563 cu in)
Weight:Stripped: [S] 910 g (2 lb); [M] 920 g (2 lb); 930 g (2 lb)
Weight - metric:40
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Black Diamond Speed 40 Reviews:


This new model is a testament to BD's tendency to innovate and listen to customer needs and suggestions. I own the previous model and have had the pleasure of using this current version. The greatest improvement is the back ventilation. The old models ventilation left something to be desired, but that was okay as the pack was advertised as a minimalist alpine pack. This new model goes to show that you can have comfort and performance in a low weight, sleek package.
The next improvement was the upgrade to a more durable fabric. While my 2010 model hasn't worn out, I can tell that it will as it is looking quite ratty. It seems they have buffed this pack up, while still keeping the weight relatively low.
Although it is not something I saw as lacking in the first model, I really enjoy the new roll top closure and the gear loops on the belt. Generally, I remove the waist belt for alpine climbs, but if I didn't, those gear loops would be greatly appreciated. The roll top is great for keeping out the spindrift.
I would guess that many of these improvements have been made to compete with the Deuter 35+ guide pack. Black Diamond has surely done well and this model will compete. I would have liked to see the price stay down around the $100-$120 range where the first model was. If that was the case, this pack would blow the Deuter out of the water. As it stands, the only advantage this pack has over the Deuter is the fact that the lid is removable (a feature I have found to be essential).
I purchased this pack for long, multipitch or multi day climbs. It has served well in this role. It also has glowed as my ultralight solo backpacking/camping pack. I have found this pack will sustain me for several days, no problem and is comfortable enough for long, tough hikes. It is a little too big for area climbs ("cragging") or for short day hikes.
I would recommend this pack and will likely purchase it again. In my mind, it is a Black Diamond classic.

Ben at on 05/06/2013

Bad things first.
- Major: weak pack's body materials. I'm pretty careful about my gear but after only 3 months of use - several rips on the main body and noticeable fraying on the reinforced bottom.
- Minors, that could be easily fixed:
sternum strap buckles detach from the shoulder straps under the heavy load (backed with patch of strap);
crampon strap attachment D-rings may rotate and partially slip through the straps while pulled tight, and then it is very hard to put it back (backed up with duct tape);
hip belt padding has two seams that create hot-spots right on the hip bones, in case of really heavy pack (solved with peace of foam pad).
Now the pluses. Perfect balance between simplicity of design and feature rich construction.
What I like:
+ Good tapered body geometry. Narrow back - cant feel it with my elbows.
+ Flexible. Fully expanded for approach - feels more like 60-70 liters pack, enough attachment points&straps outside for tent, pad, helmet, etc. For summit push - strip it down to nothing, roll-top closure rules!
+ Modular. You can detach every other block: top lid, padded hip belt (hide permanent straps-belt in the back "tunnel" if you dont need it), back panel (with or without metal frame), chest strap.
Note: there is no fast access external pockets in striped-down mode (the only one is on the top-lid), so if you used to - you will need separate one.
+ Burly but slim suspension system, really firm back, comfortably loaded up to 30+ kg (see negatives about hip belt above). Swingarm shoulders add noticeable degree of freedom on the trail and on the climb (I was a bit worried about durability as its a key point of suspension system, but now it looks robust). But YMMV.
+ Foam padded bottom protects both your gear and pack's material from hits and scrubs.
(Now my dream alpine pack: Speed40 reinforced with some techy dyneema/spectra/cuben fiber material).

Vadim Kim at on 09/17/2013

I did a few long climbs in the Tetons with this pack where we carried our bivy gear in (loaded up the pack) and then left it behind Compressed the crap out of the pack) for the climb. It worked as both an overnight hauler and a summit pack.
The material seems as if it ought to last a good long time though it definitely adds some weight to a "light" pack.
I love the kangaroo pocket, the hidden rope tie down strap, the very capable yet slim hip belt, and the overall comfort of this thing both full and empty. You can feel the ReActive shoulder straps sliding back and forth as you move, but I can't say as whether this feature felt better than a pack with a solid attachment or not.
I'm not a big fan of the axe attachment points however. I bent one of the thin chincy pieces of aluminum and ended up clipping a biner through the loop to ensure I didn't lose my axe while I was climbing. The cord itself is mighty thin. Be careful scraping that stuff up and down the rocks.
Otherwise I would highly recommend this puppy.

John T Young at on 08/31/2012

Absolutely the best cragging pack I've owned.
I'm 6'2" and have about a 31" waist. The tall torso with the standard medium size belt (which is what it ships with) barely fits. If you have smaller than a 31" waist you'll need the smaller hipbelt. The long torso is great. I have a 21" torso and the long fits very well, with enough space above the load lifters for someone with a 22" torso.
This pack can comfortably carry 30+ pounds. Its a fantastic minimalist two or three day climbing pack, and a great local crag pack. The hipbelt offers enough padding to keep my hips from bruising.
The 240 denier is super burly, plenty for most anything other than hauling up big walls. I've dragged this thing over plenty of Sierra granite and it looks brand new.
All in all... it carries very, very well, is supremely durable, has minimalist and well-thought out features, and is very comfortable for its very light weight.
I loved this pack so much that I picked up the Speed 55, which is also an absolutely fantastic climbing pack.

Banning Lyon at on 09/04/2013

I got this pack looking for something that I could use for overnight ski trips as well as light backpacking. I wanted something in the 40L - 60L volume range that would compress well when not very full for skiing. This pack does that excellently. Fully expanding this pack involves leaving the roll-top open and cinching a large nylon collar that the lid goes over. In this configuration, it has got to be very close to a 60L pack. It also compresses very well, especially when ditching the lid. The minimalist design also allowed me to use the pack as a decent sleeping pad on an unintended overnight. My only reason for knocking off a star is the pack's limited durability. Lightweight vs. durable is always a trade-off, but the material showed significant wear after just a few miles with skis strapped on the sides. I will be rigging up a diagonal carry to deal with this, and once I do this should make for a great do it all pack.

Kevin Lalli at on 10/29/2011

This is in addition to my post below. A decent overall pack. While roomy enough, it's weak for side/back-country skiing due lack of organization...OK if you aren't getting in and out of the pack all the time. A single compartment makes it simple and light, however, access to a shovel and probe aren't that convenient due to the roll top. Also, there is potential for getting stuff wet w/ snow from your shovel or skins (unless you're using a skin bag).
I am continuing to use the side straps for A-frame ski carry, even though they aren't meant for that. It works pretty well, but you could cut the straps with your edges (as Keelan says below). Again, a pretty versatile pack that can do a lot...

J. Griffin at on 02/19/2013

Streamlined and simple. Way good.
There are only 2 things I would change on it:
1: The clip for the rope strap is in this really little pocket. When your pack is full, it is super hard to get your fingers in there to clip or un-clip the rope strap. Add 2 or three inches to the webbing that the clip is on!
2: I would like to see reinforced ski straps like on the Mission 50. This would prevent the side straps from getting beat up when hauling your skis in an A-frame.
Both of the things I would like to see changed are super minor and I still give this pack 5 stars.

Keelan Johns at on 05/09/2012

This is a great pack. The reActiv suspension/swing arm do exactly what they say...they move with you. Used it climbing in the Tetons...hiking up, scambling to base of climb, hiking moved with me, carried the load great and didnt give me any sore areas on my hips. Doesnt have a bunch of stuff you dont need and the rope strape under the top pocket is a nice touch to hold a rope in place. I wasnt sure if I would like dealing with the roll top closer but I like it, especailly if you take the top pocket off.

mtnnut at on 09/30/2011

i use this thing a lot for cragging (sport, trad, or ice), but i also don't hesitate to bring it along on longer alpine days-- it climbs extraordinarily well for a pack of its size, and the hipbelt is awesome for lugging crap on long approaches.
im knocking a star off for durability (mine starting wearing significantly after some scrambling around on rock) and the lack of a good crampon attachment system. i lash my crampons to the outside with some p-cord but its way less than ideal.

bananagrams at on 02/04/2013

A no-nonsense mountain pack!

This is a clean pack for fast and light alpine ascents. It is easy to strip down for Summit ascents. The fabric is super durable and the closures are secure. The only trouble I had was with the small buckles, which would be even tougher to operate with gloves.
Climber X at Mountain Gear on 11/11/2012