User Review: Black Diamond Speed 40
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.