Black Diamond Bullet

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Black Diamond Bullet Pack.
Make urban commuting or fastpacking stylish and easy with the Black Diamond Bullet Pack. This bullet pack from Black Diamond is made of tough 420d nylon and 1260 Ballistic fabrics that boast of superb durability and lighter weight. Now, you can keep all your essentials secure and still get to carry them lightly. It is comfortable to use even when jammed full, thanks to its thin but comfy shoulder straps and webbing waistbelt. The front slash pocket of this bullet pack gives you room to store a camera, guide book, or a protein bar. This compact day pack even comes with a 976 cu in. capacity and 16 in. torso fit range. Plus, it is hydration compatible, so you can easily replenish your thirst even on the go. Find a go-to pack for off-trail or high-mileage scrambles in the Black Diamond Bullet Pack.
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Key Features.


  • 420D nylon and 1260 ballistic fabrics are exceptionally durable


  • Hydration compatible (reservoir not included)


  • Thin and comfortable shoulder straps


  • 20 mm (.8 in) webbing hip belt
  • Webbing waist belt for stability


  • Zipper front panel opening


  • Front slash pocket is easy to access
  • Outer stash pocket


  • Versatile, minimalist climbing day pack
  • Clean exterior provides snag-free hauling performance on multipitch routes
  • Panel-loading access to main compartment

The Black Diamond Bullet Pack offers versatility in a sleek, trim pack with excellent rig for off trail or high-mileage scrambles. This Black Diamond backpack features a comfortable addition to your hiking trip with its webbing waist belt, shoulder straps, a front slash pocket and hydration compatibility. Using your Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp, and Black Diamond Tent you'll never be more prepared for what mother-nature throws at you, unless you're with my friends then you'll need a Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet...long story.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Bullet Pack.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Bullet Pack.
The Black Diamond Bullet Backpack holds all the essentials when you launch on a long multi-pitch trad route or blitz your local ice line. Ultra-tough and simplistic construction was chosen whith rock climbing in mind, so you know the Bullet will handle the harshness of sandstone, granite, and limestone without a word of complaint. Its top haul loop provides a place to clip in at anchors, and it rides high on your back to keep from interfering with your harness or chalk bag. The Black Diamond Bullet Backpack is just the right size for your jacket, approach shoes, and some grub—it should join you every time you leave the ground for more than a pitch.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Black Diamond's Bullet is a tough and versatile climbing daypack that quickly converts into a mini haul bag. And only 13 ounces!

Country of Origin: Imported
The sleek contoured design of the Black Diamond® Bullet will keep you moving fast through any terrain.
Bullet panel loader is an excellent rig for off-trail or high-mileage scrambles.
Contoured shoulder straps for carrying comfort.
Zippered panel opening.


Versatility in a sleek, trim pack, the Bullet panel-loader is an excellent rig for off-trail or high-mileage scrambles.

20 mm (.8 in) webbing hipbelt Zipper front panel opening Outer stash pocket Hydration compatible

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Average Stock Weight:13 oz / 380 g
Bottom Width:8 1⁄2 in
Cell Phone Pocket/Sleeve:No
Dimensions:18" H x 9" W x 4" D.
Hydration Compatible:Yes
Materials:Tough 420d nylon and 1260d ballistic nylon.
Organizer Panel:No
Pack Fabric (Primary):420D nylon1260D ballistic fabric
Padded Laptop Compartment:No
Sunglasses Pocket, Lined:No
Torso:up to 16".
Torso Length:>16 in.
Volume:976 cubic inches / 16 liter
Volume Range:5-19 liters
Waist Belt:Yes
Weight:13 oz.
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Black Diamond Bullet Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Sleek and elegant, streamlined & rugged

Though I love to hike, so far I've only used it for trekking and biking around the city. My Macintosh iBook G4 (old laptop) just barely fits inside with some room to spare. I can also fit in a folder with some documents, and I can fit leftovers if I pick up some food...but I couldn't fit too much more.

The #1 con might be the fact that there is no water bottle compartment on the outside. This adds to the sleekness of the pack (a plus for motion and looks) but you will have to put your water bottle inside the pack (no big deal for most). Also: the pack is about as small as a day pack can be. It is definitely enough for the essentials (food, water, layers, and a little something extra) but none more. Most people who pack light should be fine. Also, the little outside compartment is a bit difficult: Its size is good, but 1) the zipped opening is smallish, making it harder to rummage through (and see) your contents, and 2) there is a key latch but nothing else. It couldn't hurt Black Diamond to add a few slats or pockets on the inside to make the pack more versatile (and more equipped for stowing little items).

In summary, this is a well-designed (if imperfect) small pack. Buy it if you are in the market for a small day pack...unless you think the above design flaws/omissions will get on your nerves. I'm fine with it; it's a good-looking, athletic pack that becomes part of your body and motions without weighing you down.
Jared the new Chicagoan at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2010

Great balance of minimalist & function!

I've used numerous hydration packs and small packs and they were often too small or heavier than necessary or had poor shoulder straps or lacked a waist belt, etc. This pack is an exceptional balance of lightweight minimalist pack while retaining durability and a comfortable and functional harness system (built in whistle on chest strap is a safety plus too...easy to miss that feature!) I use it as a small climbing/crag pack or summit pack. I mainly searched for a pack like this to climb long routes or F/As with. Can make it ride higher on the back, can hold lightweight hiking boots plus the essentials cleanly. Impressively light for its durability. Nice tip from previous review on self storage sack. The "rubber" protected lash points work. I personally would love if it had a thin mesh or nylon fabric cover pocket on the inside back panel to put a removable closed cell foam pad for comfort to prevent odd shaped objects that can poke your back. Could also be used to better hold and insulate the hydration pack than just the clip loop. Minimalist still, clean and still would be light. But overall one of my favorite and most used packs now.
Granitejunkie at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2009

Best in class

The Bullet (in various incarnations) has been my go-to day-hiking bag for around a decade now. It has been redesigned over time, but in some ways it's never been better.

It is small, but big enough. It encourages smart packing, rather than carrying the kitchen sink. (It doesn't have a padded back panel, so you need to arrange the contents smartly as well.)

It has a main compartment and a front pocket for smaller items, so you're not blundering around trying to find which gosh-darn pocket you put something in (one caveat: the front pocket zipper is shorter than in the past and you can't stuff quite as much into it).

The Bullet's good for a hike, or on a bike, but I've used it for a month's travel overseas in warm countries -- my only bag for weeks of ultralight travel in the tropics. Or Vegas. It's a great airline bag, too.

If it seems a little small for you, I'd recommend the new Hollowpoint -- a 20-liter pack much like the 16-liter Bullet.
Davo at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2007

The perfect peakbagger pack!

After trying 2 other small, light fastpack for summiting from basecamp. This one is has the right combination lightweight but not light on features or comfort. It allows me to leave my Osprey 65 at basecamp and take along the basics (rainshell, water, a couple of snacks, headlamp) and still have room for my DSLR and fastpack to the summit. The straps are comfy and it wears like iron. I use the front pocket like a "stuff sack" and reverse stuff the pack and straps into it and zip it shut. Its small size fit just right at the top od the spindrift collar in my trail pack. That is my only suggestion for future improvements, make the pocke zipper dual sided and add a couple of lash points to clip it to the ladder ties on the outside of your pack if you're packing a full load.
backpkr2005 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2008

Impeccable construction. Heavy materials. But the bag is small enough that it weighs very little. You can clip this one to a rope and drag it up a wall, or throw it under the seat in front of you in some budget airline. Aside from some dirt, there won't be another sign of use on this bag. It's been a classic for something like 15 years now and it still is. This newest design is one of the best. If I were trying to improve it, I'd bring back the two-layer back panel of 10 or so years ago and increase the size of the zipper on the front outside pocket (it's a little small for my big hands). But those are just quibbles. You need a roughly 1000 ci pack? This is the one. (Though the Arcteryx Cierzo 18 has its moments as well.)

DavoColo at on 04/20/2009

I use this for everything from school, to the gym, to the crag, to trad.
What I carry in it:
• 13" Mackbook Pro
• 1" three ring binder
• Small notebook
• Pens, pencils, eraser
• Bike lights, keys
• 2 pairs of climbing shoes
• Chalk bucket
• Brotein shaker bottle
• Nano Puff
• Shoes
• Harness
• Chalk bag
• Biners/grigri
• Snacks
• Water bottle
• Water bottles
• Descent shoes
• Hand warmers
• Emergency blanket
• Nano Puff
• Rain shell
• Cliff bars
Yeah, this thing does it all! It's pretty small, but it's perfect for my needs. It's super durable (I had to drag it up a slabby chimney on pretty rough terrain, and it's hardly even scratched), the gear loops are bomber, and it's super comfortable/lightweight. My only complaint is that the pocket is shaped kinda weirdly, but it's not a big deal.

Thomas Ogasawara at on 03/09/2012

Ideal little bag

I always carry a camera, stethoscope and book when I walk my Pug around the village. I do not climb, but don't shy away from the occasional trail walk. This little sucker is perfect for this. My iPad fits nicely, as does a chess set and a roll-up vinyl board and clock. The bullet is ideally designed for its purpose, nothing more, nothing less. The cross strap that keeps the shoulder straps from sliding over my shoulders is essential, and I'm very happy with how it fits.
What's not to love about the Bullet? I also use the Black Diamond head lamp, and I have great praise for it as well.
A fine company right up there with the best.
Madbeemer at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 03/03/2012

It's the smallest bottomless pit ever!

Don't let it's size fool you. This bag can hold a lot of stuff. I can easily fit my harness, shoes, chalk bag, water bottle, wallet & keys, a Clif bar or two, AND whatever book I'm reading at the time in this bag.
Aside from climbing uses, this is a great city commuter bag - whether on foot or on a bike - this bag holds all your daily needs and leaves room for whatever you pick up along the way. Super lightweight, a waist strap for when you've got to hunker down and run to catch the train or bus or when you're riding a bike.
This is the best little backpack I've ever owned.
City Grrrl at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2007

The Perfect Day Pack

Every time I go on a trip, I'm unhappy with the day bag I bring. With the Bullet, the search is finally over.

My husband and I shared this bag during our recent vacation traveling through Mexico. We could both fit everything we needed for the day into this bag (guide books, rain gear, water, sunscreen, etc) and it was never too heavy. It's big enough to hold everything but not so big you bring everything. Plus, when it's empty, it's super light, so you never mind bringing it along.

The all-black design is sleek enough for use in the city and the design is rugged enough for years of use.

Love it!
Not A Climber at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2007

Perfect for day bouldering & day hikes

I use this bag to carry my climbing shoes, nalgenes, chalk bag, and many other things when I go bouldering. I can fit my shoes, harness and other items in it to do gym climbing as well. I have used it to free climb at Vedauwoo, Wyoming, working chimneys where the bag is dragging and rubbing on the EXTREMELY rough granite at Vedauwoo, and after doing that for 4 months on end...IT STILL LOOKS NEW!!! The material is amazing and the bag almost seems like a bottomless pit, despite how it looks when you just look at it with the naked eye. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Evan at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2008

Neutral Reviews:

The Bullet pack has the bomber construction and attention to detail you can expect from BD. Unfortunately it just didn't fit my frame/shoulders well (5'10"/190) The pack is designed to ride high to stay of out a of a harness's way so keep that in mind. Fully loaded the shoulder straps were always slipping off if they weren't snugged tight and clipped. So if you want a pack to day trip with and kick it around town or run errands with this probably inst it. I've swapped this for an REI Flash 25...which is the best minimalist day pack out there.

noelaustin1558276 at on 12/29/2009

I never used this pack. I ordered it to see it in person. I'm going with the Magnum instead. Why? Because has no hydration option, and no compression option. The magnum has both, and it has mesh side pockets. I'm using it for long multipitch climbs so I want water and I think the compression system is the icing on the cake. It may abraid over time, but at least I have the option.

Nick Chope at on 06/19/2009

No Gear loops?

I just received the pack and it looks good so far, the only thing it is lacking are the two gear loops that are shown in the picture. I was sort of hoping to have those to carry my quickdraws on. Not sure if it is and older model or the pic isn't up to date. Otherwise it looks like it will work perfect for what I wanted.
Gear Freak at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2008

Nice, but too small for our purpose.

I bought this for my son as a day pack for hiking and snowshoeing but it is just too small. Looks like a nice light weight pack. I will be returning the item.
The InchingIrishman at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 11/11/2010