User Review: Black Diamond Speed 30
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $139.95
Excellent top loading pack with ample volume for overnight peak climbing adventures. Pack's carrying system makes the load very comfortable. Pack is lightweight, and material is beefy.
- Lightweight and "streamlined"
- Swing-arm shoulder straps
- Ample volume
- Beefy and water repellent material
I bought this pack, after months of looking, when the bartack shoulder strap stitching on my incomparable 30 year old Buzzard Mountain Ware ruthsac went south.
While the BD Speed 30 fits well, I would have bought a Large but the BD sales rep said he was 6'2 and used a Medium (my wife measured my torso, also within M parameters). I am 6'1 and the waist belt rides high on my waist, so I think I could have gotten away with the large size.
The pack rides/carries comfortably. On a recent peak ascent my partner unloaded 6 full 20 oz. drink bottles into my BD Speed. There was ample space in addition to my 2-quart water bottles, Gatorade, guide pants, gore-tex jacket, 2 fleece jackets and trail shoes etc.. and the extra weight was not bothersome.
It is a top loading bag, which I prefer, and does require attention and organization when packing to keep load balanced. I like the roll top closure, but I wonder if it will last 30 years? Like all my previous BD gear this item is well made and after two Colorado peak outings looks like it will last a long time.
I bought this online directly from BD because not one mountain gear store between Steamboat Springs to Telluride had them in stock, even REI — crazy!! The bottom line; great mountaineering pack!