Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung

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Since this is a new product, I will briefly summarize…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: Top loading ski touring
Size: 4200
Number of Pockets: Avi Tool, internal with water sleve, top pouch.
Max. Load Carried: 25 lb
Height of Owner: 6'2"
Price Paid: $279 approx

Since this is a new product, I will briefly summarize what I think... having packed it up, played with it etc but not yet gone out touring. The pack is nicely constructed with the Ava-lung fitting into the left shoulder strap and routing exhaled air down to the bottom/side of the pack away from the face. The pack is well made, looks and feels very nice and is comfortable loaded.

Interestingly, Black Diamond makes only a single torso length thus if you're tall like me, you HAVE to buy the bigger pack, whereas shorter people will HAVE to buy the smaller pack. It should be noted they are not hugely different in size volume wise. The pack has an integrated insulated sleeve in the right shoulder for water, and the usual internal pouch to hold a bladder. Nicely constructed again with a full zipper along the shoulder strap to ease putting in/taking out the tube, very easy to do... like 20 seconds.

Top loading pack with a side zipper to access main bag without taking off top undoing straps... this is a great feature. No more digging through the pack to put skins in/take them out or grab your goggles for the ride down, just open up and whalla. This is for me a BIG deal, my last pack did not have this and it is VERY NICE. External tool pocket is AWESOME. It fits a LARGE metal shovel with break down handle in two pieces (i.e. blade + 2 handle segments) as well as probe and could be used to carry a few other items but is not really designed to do so. Tool compartement fully zips up so you will not lose anything should you end up fallling.

This pack has the usual top strap design wherein you have a small pouch that straps over the top loading portion, this includes a helmet "pouch" that pulls out and will hold larger items of little weight on top of the pack securely under a mesh. It also has room for a sandwich, compass, and a few other items in the pouch.

My one complaint, and it's not much, is that there are no internal compartments within the main pack other than the water sleeve holder. No big deal, but it would have been nice to be able to stick a few tools etc into a couple of internal pockets, but they do not exist.

Overall this looks to be a great pack, I cannot tell you about durability etc... but it will be very comfortable to ski tour with, nice narrow profiles and sits perfectly just on the hips with a VERY well configured chest strap shoulder strap. For me this pack fits FAR better than most. The shoulder straps have a nice contoured shape that holds the pack firmly in place across your chest without feeling like the chest strap is digging them into your chest, very well done.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Black Diamond's Anarchist AvaLung page.

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Massive storage capacity, an articulated suspension system, and a built-in Avalalung system make the Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Backpack the ultimate choice for ski guides or hut-hopping backcountry skiers. Weighing in at just over four pounds, this packs allows you to carry multi-day gear comfortably, and the Avalung system can potentially improve your chances of survival should you get caught and buried in an avalanche. Go further from the resort, travel comfortably, and stay just a little safer when you're bagging fresh turns.


Free Shipping. Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung Pack FEATURES of the Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Pack ergoACTIV suspension with SwingArm shoulder straps Large zippered backpanel and top-load access Diagonal and A-frame ski carrying options Fixed top pocket with fleece-lined goggle pocket, tuck-away helmet holder and rope strap Dedicated avy-tool organizer pocket and ice tool PickPockets Insulated hydration sleeve SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Anarchist Avalung Pack Type: Unisex 800d Ballistic, 420d Velocity nylon The SPECS for S/M Volume: 2,624 cubic inches / 43 liter Average Stock Weight: 4 lbs 4 oz / 1.93 kg Torso: 16 x 19in. / 41 x 48 cm Waist: 26 x 40in. / 66 x 102 cm The SPECS for M/L Volume: 2,746 cubic inches / 45 liter Average Stock Weight: 4 lbs 6 oz / 1.99 kg Torso: 18.5 x 21.5in. / 47 x 55 cm Waist: 28 x 45in. / 71 x 114 cm

- Moosejaw

Black Diamond's largest AvaLung-equipped ski pack, the Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung was built for guides, snow professionals and big, multi-day tours. This versatile top-loading rucksack is designed to swallow gear and the dedicated avy-tool pocket keeps your rescue gear at the ready. The ergoACTIV suspension moves with you, whether you're touring across the valley, bootpacking to your objective or making hop turns down a steep couloir. In the event of an avalanche burial, the built-in AvaLung increases your chances of survival by pulling fresh air from the surrounding snowpack.


The Black Diamond Anarchist AvaLung Pack is the largest of Black Diamond winter packs and comes equipped with the added safety of an AvaLung. A fully featured top-loading backpack optimized for guides, snow pros and multi-day use in the backcountry. A-frame and diagonal ski carry options with fast and secure attachments. AvaLung system allows an avalanche victim to breathe fresh air directly from the snowpack via a bi-valve intake box located in the shoulder strap. AvaLung mouthpiece and tubing stow away in shoulder strap when not in use. Exhaled carbon dioxide is directed away from your body through an exhaust port on the pack's side. An AvaLung extends your air supply from the typical 15 minutes after burial to 58 minutes, especially important since average rescue time with beacons is 20 minutes. Large zippered backpanel lets you access your gear without removing your skis. Floating top pocket with tuck-away helmet carrying sling. Dedicated avalanche tool organizer pocket. Insulated hydration sleeve. V-Snow suspension with padded waistbelt, shoulder straps and backpanel provide comfort on long tours. Hipbelt is removable and includes stash pockets for stowing energy bars and tools. Skiing backpacks don't come with much more capacity or safety than the Black Diamond Anarchist Backpack with AvaLung - this is your Black Diamond winter pack choice for the long haul. Color: Black. AvaLung Equipped. Ski Carry. Volume: 40 L or 2,441 cubic in (Small-Medium), 42 L or 2,563 cubic in (Medium-Large). Average Stock Weight: 1.83 kg or 4 lb (Small-Medium), 1.95 kg, or 4 lb 5 oz (Medium-Large). Torso: 16 to 19 in (Small-Medium), 18.5 to 21.5 (Medium-Large). Materials: Tough 420 denier Nylon and 840 denier Ballistic Nylon

- Tahoe Mountain Sports