Rated 3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by Steve Great Pack, only one flaw
I bought the Speed 30 to downsize from the Speed 55 because I liked the pack, but didn't always need the extra space. I like the stripped down aesthetic of the pack. The material has held up well against both rock and ice. The ice link works great on ice tools once you get used to them. I have yet to have them loosen up on me. For day to day use I remove the brain and just roll the top down. The only misstep is a good way to attach crampons. I would stuff them under the brain if I didn't already have my rope there and the crampon bikini is suspect at best. I've used it, but I am never comfortable having my crampons in there.
November 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Greg Looks good, but not designed for the hills
. looks great... and that's it for the positive aspects
To be improved:
. hopeless ice axe attachment
. moving hip belt. may be OK for hiking (may be, only), but impractical for climbing (too big) and impossible for skiing (the pack is highly unstable). marginally improved by blocking the SwingArm, but still unusable for skiing, scrambling, climbing.
. overall poor quality of the stitching
. opening of top pocket too small to gain access
I really enjoy many of BD' products, but definitely not this pack. It's obviously been designed by a corporate team focusing on looks (colour and shape are good), but no one from that team has ever been in the hills.
Please BD, don't try to reinvent the backpack features that work well on other packs. Please, keep your packs simple and spend the money on quality rather than fancy moving gizmos.
November 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by TamMcT Terrific general pack for the Jack of all trades climbers, but rubbish for Ice and Winter
First off, I love my Speed 30. It's really comfortable to climb in. I don't think I will ever by a none roll top pack again. It allows a extra 10 litres of storage if you really need it. Until I used it as a haul bag (it got scraped against granite, it was extremely water resistant and kept my clothes dry after a five ever epic on my very first scramble up Ben Nevis' Tower Ridge.
It was the perfect pack until I got into winter/ice climbing. There are three main faults with this pack.
1) Crampon Pouch - I bought the Bikini ad-on and it was easily one of the worst purchases I have ever made. It doesn't even cover half of my G10s. So If I trust the pouch, they always fall out. A bigger four walled pouch is necessary. I love the Osprey Variant 37 for this. It has a huge adjustable pouch that can handle crampons, extra layers, what have you.
2) Ice tool attachment. Why rope? Why not Bungees? Or anything else. The Speed 30s tool attachment allow the tools to flop around and slowly work themselves loose. I can't stand them. I now attachment tools to the sides so I don't get a shaky pack on the approach.
3) Very small issue, but no side pockets. Nowhere to stick wands, ends of tripods or walking poles. You can strap things tight, or buy water bottle holders, but it's not the same.
All in all the excellent suspension system and simple design make up for these flaws. For a winter/ice pack I would definitely look elsewhere, but for summer alpine use, or just about anything else this pack is excellent. I take it scrambling, weekend hikes, day to day use, and so much more. As all round pack, it's one of the best.
May 2, 2013