Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Black Diamond Bullet - Simplicity Meets Versatility

Looking for a sleek, trim pack, for off-trail adventures, high-mileage scrambles, or multi-pitch routes?  Maybe you're looking for a durable and aggressive light fast pack for summitting from base camp.  In either case  the Bullet Pack from Black Diamond might be the perfect pack for you.  This bag hits that 'just right' balance of capacity and compactness.  We found it to be durable, comfortable and didn't cheat the user on features.

The Down-low...
  • Volume: 976 cubic inches / 16 liter
  • Average Stock Weight: 13 oz / 380 g
  • Fits Torso Length: 16" / 41 cm
  • Materials: Tough 420d nylon and 1260d Ballistic nylon
  • 20 mm (.8 in) webbing hipbelt
  • Zipper front panel opening
  • Outer stash pocket
  • Hydration compatible
The Bullet panel-loader offers a webbing waistbelt, thin but comfy shoulder straps, a front slash pocket and hydration compatibility, making it an excellent rig for the next time you launch yourself up a 10-pitch trad climb. A clean and aesthetically pleasing exterior provide snag-free hauling performance on multi-pitch routes.

As far as drawbacks, the Bullet does lack any type of ventilation on the back panel, which you can find on even smaller hiking/hydration/urban commuter bags.  Admittedly we'd like to see this feature added on future generations. 

For the ladies, we do have one caveat for you. The Bullet pack is built for men in the shoulders and in the rise of the sternum strap. If you are a female outdoor enthusiast on the smaller side this pack will likely be too big for you.  

From our perspective neither of these two issues were significant enough to warrant any serious deduction in quality points for the bag.

At the end of the day, the Bullet offers a refreshing dose of simplicity in an age where today's typical daypack is overloaded with superfluous and frilly features, and it's the perfect daypack for hiking, walking, trail running and a lot more.  Bottom line, it's tough as nails, ready to tumble, and for for $45 - $50 this pack is a 'bulletproof' buy.

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