Black Diamond Speed 22

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Great daypack designed for carrying climbing gear.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: brought it at retail


Great daypack designed for carrying climbing gear. I purchased mine to be used as a summit pack on multi-day trips and on multi-pitch big walls. I would recommend this pack when you want to go fast and light.


  • Removeable hip belt
  • Removeable brain lid
  • Hydration sleeve
  • Rope straps
  • Compression straps


  • Tight fit if you are a large person
  • Venting could be better


I have worn this pack with a T-shirt and with my technical ice climbing clothing and the pack was comfortable to wear all day and during climbing vertical pitches of ice and rock.


This pack does not vent very well. I would have to believe the BD designers intentionally omitted the a venting system to minimize bulk and weight.


I find that I can carry two liters of water in a hydration bag, a pair of climbing shoes, a trad rack of 10 cams (nothing larger than a BD #3), a compact harness, 10 alpine draws, four locking carbiners, belay device, headlamp, lightweight rain jack, food, and some other miscellaneous gear. Rope can be lashed down under the brain lid along with tie down compression straps.


Loads can be compressed by using the side compression straps.

Ease of Use

Fairly basic pack, simple design, perfect for the alpine.

Construction and Durability

Bombproof construction that you would expect from Black Diamond. I have had mine for over a year and it seems to be hold up well with no signs of wear and tear and it survived the sharp granite of the Grand Teton and the icy granite crags of New Hampshire.  


Barry, welcome to TS. Thanks for the solid review!

3 months ago

Nice review, Barry. Thanks for sharing it on Trailspace.

3 months ago

I almost got this pack and was wondering how it performed. Thanks for posting your thoughts on it!

3 months ago

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Stripped of frills and dialed in to carry just the essentials on light-and-fast alpine routes, the Black Diamond Speed 22 Pack is the streamlined choice for mountain minimalists. The lightweight, frameless, top-loading design and 22-liter capacity accommodate a small rack, layers and food while the micro ice-tool PickPockets and tuck-away rope strap secure your tools and cord on the approach.


Black Diamond Speed 22 PackThe Black Diamond Speed 22 Pack is equipped with features that need in a summit pack. Its frameless design allows you to pack your essential supplies while maintaining its lightness. The micro ice-tool PickPocketsTM and tuck-away rope strap holds your gear and cord conveniently. Padded shoulder straps and webbing waist-belt can be quickly adjusted to fit a variety of shoulder and torso sizes. Its top-loading design simplifies pack access and leaves the top pocket floating so you can use the hidden rope strap to secure a climbing rope underneath. The thermo-molded backpanel suspension system is specially made to support the size of your pack. Made for light-and-fast alpine routes, the Black Diamond Speed 22 Pack is suitable for the mountain minimalists.

- SunnySports

Stash your goods inside the Black Diamond Speed 22 Backpack and start attacking the ascent with this 1lb 5oz pack on your back. This top-loading pack is ultralight, frameless, and capable of carrying icetools, rope, a hydration bladder, and whatever else you can stuff inside. Sometimes utter simplicity and feathery-lightness are the call of the day.


The Black Diamond Speed 22 Backpack is full of the features you expect in a summit pack. A frameless, ultralight design allows you to stuff it into your main pack for the approach. Of you can use it by itself on light and fast ascents. Micro PickPockets make attaching your ice tools easy and secure so you always have access to them.

- Mountain Gear