Best For: The Black Diamond Pulse is best for female day hikers and scramblers who prefer a streamlined, nimble pack.

With a women’s-specific design, the Black Diamond Pulse is made for women looking for an active, technical pack for hiking, scrambling, or other fast-moving pursuits.

The Pulse features a women’s-specific hipbelt and shoulder straps for a better female fit, and Black Diamond’s reACTIV suspension with an OpenAir backpanel lets those straps and hipbelt move with you for less friction.

Access your gear inside the 20-liter Pulse through a zippered front panel, or stow essentials, like a hardshell, in the front stash pocket for quick access.

The Pulse pack is hydration-compatible for drinking on the go. And, while compact, its features include loops for stowing your ice axes or trekking poles, a stash pocket on the hipbelt for snacks and small essentials, and side stretch pockets.

The Pulse is available in two sizes: Small (20 liters / 1,220 cu in and 860 g / 1 lb 14 oz) and Medium (22 liters / 1,340 cu in and 920 g / 2 lb). It’s made from 210d nylon ripstop and 400d nylon twill fabric.

Black Diamond's Nitro pack is the men’s equivalent.


Small Medium
Weight 860 g / 1 lb 14 oz 920 g / 2 lb
Volume 20 L / 1,220 cu in 22 L / 1,340 cu in
Materials 210d Nylon Ripstop, 400d Nylon Twill

Black Diamond Pulse


The Black Diamond Pulse is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen November 3, 2015 at REI.

If you're looking for a new daypack (under 2,000 cu in), check out the best reviewed current models.

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