Black Diamond Speed 40

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



The Black Diamond Speed 40 is a good pack. I purchased…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $150

The Black Diamond Speed 40 is a good pack. I purchased it in the summer of 2010 and have used it on 6 or so trips since then, including two overnight mountain snow climbs, and one 3 day hike through Canyonlands National Park.

I generally find the pack to be well built, with good materials selection. The sewing generally seems robust, although, there is some stitching coming undone on one of the shoulder straps. 

The greatest criticisms I have of the pack are of the suspension and frame systems. It is best to keep the weight of the pack under 20 pounds or so. I have twice loaded it to about 30 and have found the pack not suited for this. The straps are thinly padded have caused a rash on my shoulders more than once. Also, I am not a huge fan of the frame design. It seems to work, but I am afraid that it could easily get bent out of shape.

Recommended Use: Intensive day hikes and summit attempts or overnight and weekend trips with limited gear.


Having been in the market for a light summit and high…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $90

Having been in the market for a light summit and high country lightweight pack for up to 3 days out, with minimal and lightweight gear, I decided to try the new version of the Speed 40.

So far so good. There are packs with better airflow against your back but they are all 3.5lbs or more. If you keep the weight under 20 lbs this pack works very well. Have not used it for hard climbs yet but feel it will work well for what I bought it for. Light weight and solid features and build.

I cannot give it five stars at this time due to the short amount of time I have owned it and the lack of super hard trips it has endured.

Update: June 8, 2011

Purchased this pack in 2009 and have used it on roughly 30 or so hikes and climbs. The name Speed is all about its light weight so if you read about it seeming a little wimpy remember that it was designed to hold the weight down, not be a major hauler.

Have been very pleased with this pack when I use it for what it was designed to do. From day hikes/climbs to lite over nighters and even up to 4 days out I have been very pleased. Well built and designed to get the job done simply.

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The redesigned Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack offers lightweight performance and a streamlined design that excels during fast alpine forays on rock or ice.


If you're the sort of person who beats little cousin Ricky at board games by robbing the bank when Ricky's in the kitchen getting another ginger ale, you're probably also into expedition-style climbing, where you pay someone else to do all the work while you get a sweet summit photo. If you prefer to whip Ricky the old-fashioned way by using your cunning, savvy, and ruthless exploitation of community chest cards, you're probably more of an alpine-style climber, and you need a fast and light backpack like the Black Diamond Speed 40 to get you up in a hurry. Weight becomes the central focus if you're lugging all your own gear, so Black Diamond put the Speed on a serious diet, including only the features you're sure to need, like Micro PickPockets for your ice tools, removable crampon straps, and a three-point haul system. You can trim it way down by removing the floating top pocket and padded hip-belt, but you'll still be able to carry your rope in the tuck-away rope strap, and stay hydrated thanks to the bladder-compatible design. Best of all, the Speed has a reActiv hip belt that pivots and flexes with you as you move, and floating SwingArm shoulder straps that connect via an internal cord, allowing them to shift position without unbalancing your load and tipping you over.


Free Shipping. Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack FEATURES of the Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack Ideal for light, alpine-style ascents on rock or ice Streamlined Strippable ACTIVE suspension Floating/removable top pocket with skirt closure and tuck-away rope strap Ice-tool PickPockets 3-point haul system Removable crampon bikini strap Removable, padded hipbelt with fixed webbing belt Hipbelt gear loops SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack Small Volume: 38 L / 2319 cu in. Average Weight: 1.19 kg / 2 lb 8 oz. Materials: 210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion Medium Volume: 40 L / 2440 cu in. Average Weight: 1.21 kg / 2 lb 9 oz. Materials: 210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion Large Volume: 42 L / 2563 cu in. Average Weight: 1.23 kg / 2 lb 10 oz Materials: 210d nailhead main, 420d welded abrasion

- Moosejaw

Fit your Minimal bivy gear, skeleton rack and skinny rope-in the Black Diamond Speed 40 Backpack for fast mountain pursuits. This go-to streamlined alpine pack ideal for fast-paced ice and rock missions, speed features include reACTIV suspension system and a removable hipbelt, lid and framesheet for a comfortable yet minimalist carry for your on-route essentials. Ice-tool attachments, a tuck-away rope strap and ladder-lock crampon straps secure all your technical gear on the approach.

- Mountain Gear