Rated 5 out of 5 by Michael Very comfortable and functional
I just finished 25 miles in 2 days on a rough trail with this pack and it performed very well. As always with black diamond, the pack is well-made, design is well-thought-out and functional. Buckles and zippers work well. I'll never use another pack without the ergo suspension system ( I now own 3 BD packs).
May 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Michael Love it.
Love this pack. It carries exceedingly well, the stories of comfortable hips are true, compresses well, has classy features like the smooth webbing straps a sweet outer pocket, and full access to the inside through the outer full zip, and it does seem significantly water resistant thus far. The only weak point I've experienced is that the zipper on the brain/top compartment can split open if the brain is overly stuffed and you're not pretty tender with it. Not a deal breaker for me. Just makes me more graceful...
May 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Good back for 1 to 3 day hikes
I like the pack and how it fits. Very comfortable.
February 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jason Heavy, but comfortable and rugged; zippers need work
I returned this pack without even taking it out on the trail for a real test run because the BD return policy didn't allow me to return for a full refund if the tags were even removed. But basically, it was a heavy but comfortable pack when fully loaded and jogged around the house. The main problem for me was the size was too small, the zippers were not easy to use (pretty hard to move), and I couldn't be 100 percent about the suspension system without a trail run.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Great pack for long trips
I initially bought this pack because of the front zipper for easy access to my climbing gear, and because of the amount of space that is has for long trips. I was also a bit curious (and later extremely impressed) on how the active suspension system would work but needless to say I was a little skeptical due some other companies attempts to incorporate this idea into their systems. My first real test with the Mercury was a spicey hike to a spire that my partner and I planned to climb in Sedona Arizona. The approach was a long forth class hike to get to the base of this climb. Needless to say the pack preformed great. The shoulder straps moved with me as I was climbing, the pivoting action of the hip belt let me move freely but at the same time held the load firmly on my back. Most of all it gave me more confidence that the heavy load wouldn't shift and through me off balance when I was moving up this tricky wash. Well done BD.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr. Shelby Love the quality.
Worth every dime to an avid hiker like me.I live in Tucson, Az. People are yet to find out the great quality of Black Diamond. I know cause I read backpacker mag.12 plus years and hike allot. I use all Black Diamond Equip I can get my hands on.Head lamp is second to none.Buy it you will not be sorry.
January 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Daniel The ultimate backpack!
Black Diamond Mercury 75 is, for me, the ultimate backpack.
The ergoACTIV XP suspension keeps the backpack with you no matter the weight or the road shape, always balanced and confortably.
Front zippered access make much more easy to pack (or unpack)every thing you need, without a lot of effort.
Have good number of internal-organiser pockets helping to keep your stuff in order.
As all Black Diamond equipment is a really reliable backpack, durable materials and incredible performance.
Expensive but it worth every penny.
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob Excellent Backpack!!
I've used a number of different backpacks over the years but I really love the way the Mercury 75 feels with a heavy load. The first trip was a multi-day event over 80 miles with 50+lbs loads and it felt like a dream. I've never used a pack that didn't leave me with sore hip bones after the first few days until now. The active suspension worked as advertised and really helps distribute the weight. The pack is easy to adjust and the freedom of movement is amazing. And...wait for it...It's also very quiet. No obnoxious creaking noises from the suspension. I would highly recommend this pack. Oh and did I mention its highly water resistant.
July 3, 2013