Black Diamond Innova 50

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This is a great pack! The ergo-ACTIV suspension is…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Not sure, maybe $150-ish


This is a great pack! The ergo-ACTIV suspension is perfect for this hiker with an artificial hip and a limp!!! It lets me walk without the pack flopping from side to side with every step like a regular suspension pack did.


  • Ergo-ACTIV suspension lets your hips move while the pack stays on your back.
  • Lots of room, but you can cinch it down tight.


  • I might have been better off with the 60 as I pack heavy sometimes.

About a month before I discovered Black Diamond's ergo-ACTIV suspension packs, I was inventing something similar in my mind on a hike as my pack slipped sideways across my back with every step. Finding this pack and its cousin the smaller Octane has me back hiking!

I had a hip replacement and still limp, but now without pain. This pack lets the hip belt move with my hips and the pack stay centered on my back, it is totally genus! The rest of the Innova 50 is a nice pack, also. It cinches down tight for smaller loads and has a small pouch on top for small stuff and good water bottle holders on the sides—it also works with hydration systems, but I like my water bottles! 

This is a women's pack and the hip belt was originally too small for me. Black Diamond sent me a larger men's hip belt for it on request. Nice folks and good service!

All in all a great pack and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those with a limp!

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Black Diamond's Innova 50 page.

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On Sale. Free Shipping. Black Diamond Women's Innova 50 Pack FEATURES of the Black Diamond Women's Innova 50 Pack ergoACTIV suspension with OpenAir backpanel Top-loading with floating top pocket Women's-specific shoulder straps and removable, Interchangeable hipbelt (tool included), Both with soft, Breathable 3D mesh Hipbelt stash pocket, Side stretch pockets and front compression stretch pocket Retractable trekking pole/ice axe loops, Removable sleeping pad straps, Hydration compatible Also available as men's-specific Infinity SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Women's Innova 50 Pack 210d nylon ripstop, 420d nylon twill The SPECS for Small Volume: 2,929 cubic inches / 48 liter Average Stock Weight: 3 lbs 10 oz / 1.66 kg The SPECS for Medium Volume: 3,050 cubic inches / 50 liter Average Stock Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz / 1.7 kg

- Moosejaw

CLOSEOUTS . Comfortably carry heavy loads through the backcountry with Black Diamond Equipment's Innova 50 backpack, featuring a mobility-centric, women-specific design that offers a low-friction, customizable fit and adjustable suspension. Available Colors: STEEL. Sizes: M, S.

- Sierra Trading Post

The Black Diamond Innova 50 pack for women is ready to head into the wilderness. Innova 50 offers amazing load carrying support and a wide range of free mobility for the wearer. An ideal blend of volume, comfort and mobility lets you bring everything you need without slowing you down or limiting your range of motion. ergoACTIV suspension, OpenAir back panel and soft, 3D mesh lining on hipbelt and shoulder straps provides topnotch support and comfort. Women's-specific shoulder straps are designed to comfortably fit a woman's body. Interchangeable hipbelt can be removed or switched out to customize the fit. Top-loading pack body features a floating lid to accommodate large or small loads. Hipbelt stash pocket, side stretch pockets and front compression stretch pocket offer plenty of storage for water bottles, snacks and other essentials. Retractable tool loops and removable pad straps allow ice axes, trekking poles and sleeping pad to be lashed to the outside of the pack. The Black Diamond Innova 60 pack is constructed with 210-denier ripstop nylon and 420-denier nylon twill to cut weight without sacrificing durability. Closeout.


Lead your next two-day trip with the women's-specific Innova 50 Backpack by Black Diamond. This weekend pack comfortably carries 40-50 pounds on an adjustable, women-specific suspension, so you can move quickly and comfortably to the campsite and set up shop for the night.