Rated 5 out of 5 by Nathan great suspension system
This pack has the best suspension of all the high class giant bags I've carried in the last 25 years. After using this pack everything else feels like a walking backboard evacuation. The shoulder and hip motion is great for balance in steep talus and promotes good circulation in your neck and hips when spending long days on the trail.
August 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Carlton Good Effort but no thanks
Returned with tags on. Waistband webbing much too narrow, all webbing used seems too thin. Excellent attachment feature with waistband at the back, freeing hips. Zippers stiff. The main bag is so narrow it barely holds a stuffed sleeping bag in the bottom. Pack appears best for very new light-weight small density gear. I'll stay with my 30 yr old internal framed older pack, ugly but honest....
August 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Gunnlaugur good pack except for the zippers
I bought this pack 3 weeks ago to use on 5-6 day hiking treks and i have all ready done two as i am a guide in the Hornstrandir wilderness nature reserve in the north west of Iceland. I like every thin about it except for the zippers. It is nicely padded and it can carry a good load but the zippers... you really need to be in your best "Zen" mode to operate them, and you must avoid all tension on the zippers. so you can not really stuff it with your gear and just zip... zip with care and tenderness. i guess the idea with those zippers is to make the pack water proof but its not really water proof with a busted zippers. Luckily i have managed to fix them in the rain with counting to ten, and applying tender love and care and happy thoughts....
July 26, 2014
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