Black Diamond Demon
Design: Simple, rugged toploader
Number of Pockets: 2 on lid
Max. Load Carried: 30 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'3"
Price Paid: $90
I've come to the conclusion that there is no pack that does it all and my backpack collection is starting to resemble my wife's purse collection. With most of my packs designed for fast/light pursuits, I needed a rockclimbing bag that could hold up to the extra weight and abuse.
This is a bomber bag with the perfect amount of space for a day at the crag. It fits everything I need INSIDE (60m rope, 50m webbing, harness, helmet, shoes, quickdraws, chalkbag, lunch, first aid kit, etc). If I run some cord through the loops on the lid and strap my rope to the outside, it opens up some space for my lightweight sleeping bag and bivy. I'm very confident that the material and build will hold up for a long time.
I am 6'3" and, while comfortable, I pretty much maxed out the adjustments.
Design: top-load internal frame
Number of Pockets: 2
Max. Load Carried: 25 lbs
Height of Owner: 5'1"
Price Paid: $120
Purchased this pack because of its simple design for a week of hiking. It did great.
The only problem is that the straps tend to loosen as you walk so check them each time your stop. Don't want to loose your bedroll.
Once all the straps were properly adjusted I could hardly tell I was carrying it. It stood up to the abuse like a champ.
Design: toploading zipper
Size: 32 liters
Number of Pockets: 2 extra
Max. Load Carried: 20 lbs
Height of Owner: 6'
I recently got this pack for my climbing bag and took it on a muti pitch route. It was great, I hiked in about 5 miles to the wall with no issues and climbed with it on the first pitch. It kept out of the way and was unrestraining with the mostly nylon strap hipbelt but it had some padding with provided adequate support. It also is setup to be hauled up with some accessory cord. Also the pack compressed nicely once I took my rope out of the bag and my gear didn't shift around while wearing it. Excellent climbing pack, or for anyone who wants something simple.
1,953 cu in / 32 l
2 lb 10 oz / 1,180 g
The Demon is a no-frills daily-use pack for climbing or hiking. For comfort and stability when you’re on the move, it features a removable single stay and sewn, multi-density foam shoulder straps, back panel, and waist belt. Constructed from 1260 Ballistics and 420d nylon fabrics with top-zip access, the main compartment holds ample gear for day trips and two zippered pockets under the lid hold your smaller essentials securely. Its exterior features include four compression straps, capable of carrying skis, and an ice axe/trekking pole carrier that doubles as an emergency haul point.