Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4 out of 5 by Greg Great all around pack needs a floating brain
This is a great all around pack, comfortable on the back and carries anything and everything you need for a day trip. I prefer the simplicity to the pack, more bells and whistles on any type of gear leads to a higher chance of it malfunctioning in the the backcountry. The only downside is not having a floating brain on the pack- when packed to the brim and a coil of rope attached to the pack the brain doesn't get over everything and is rubbing against the back of your head.
January 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rocky Great Pack aside from one complaint
This is a great pack for so many reasons.
At 45 L this pack is ideal for shorter multi day excursion. I have found it too large for a day pack, especially on vertical rock as the length restricts full neck extension when looking up to find the next hand hold.
Ice axe/tool pockets on front of pack work great.
Gear loops on the waist band prove useful.
Plenty of space inside this top-loading pack with opportunity to expand and rope webbing. Two zippered pockets in top of pack (one internal and one with more real estate externally.
Hydration bladder compatible, but there is not a great place to lack the hydration tube to on the rear of pack.
My only true complaint on this pack is that the crampon holder is completely inadequate. It is too small as far as the actual amount of canvas fabric to accommodate BD's own crampon case and the webbing to cinch it down tightly have proven too short. I have seen much better applications of crampon holders on other company's packs and I hope that BD improves on this version in later packs as I would have no problem giving this pack 5 stars if it were not for this issue.
January 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Peter Very Functional
This has been a great Pack. Initially i was a little sore that the brain is not removable. (this still gets me at times, because the brain will not ride right if the pack is overfilled) but i find that overall the design is great. In addition, the size of this pack has proved to make it very versatile, from taking a group out for a long day hike, to guiding a day of climbing, or bigger personal outings. I also appreciate the external simplicity. It offers the straps and attachments for ice tools, rope, skis... but keeps them tidy and without the appearance of clutter. Finally the "ergo active" hip belt works great. I was initially skeptical of how functional this would be, but was immediately delighted. The first day i brought the pack in for work, i had my coo workers hip-wagging around the office. I have found that this feature is less noticeable when the bag isn't full, but greatly enhances the experience of climbing with a backpack, and makes carrying a heavy load down the trail more comfortable. I would definitely recommend this to other outdoors-people, and have had several people inquire about the bag since getting it.
December 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by MickeyDK Review of BD Epic 45 Backpack
The backpack looks very nice and is very well made. All the seems are very strong and some are even welded wich is just awesome. The moving backbone piece is very well engineered and really makes this pack very suitable for technical climbs. Especially with skis attached, the system really works great.
Although there are two things that really bother me:
1) When the pack is not fully filled, the solid frame construction tends to rub against the top side fabric. So it wears a bit from the inside and I'm pretty sure this will give problems in the future.
2) The top lid has only 1 strap to secure it. Because there is only one strap the lis tends to fold inside. This doesn't looks very good and it makes the inside more accessible for possible water infiltration.
This bag is really suitable for ski mountaineers who make multiday trips in the backcountry.
May 20, 2013