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Our time-tested on-route alpine pack for light, alpine-style ascents on rock, snow or ice, the Speed 50 is streamlined, strippable and designed to move with you. READ MORE
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Our time-tested on-route alpine pack for light, alpine-style ascents on rock, snow or ice, the Speed 50 is streamlined, strippable and designed to move with you. Learn More


Our tried-and-true on-route alpine pack, proven everywhere from the Canadian Rockies to the Fitz Roy massif, the Black Diamond Speed is designed for lightweight performance on rock, snow and ice objectives the world over. Fully strippable with a removable waistbelt, lid and framesheet, the Speed is comfortable on the approach and streamlined on the route. Ice tool PickPockets, snag-free crampon straps and a tuck-away rope strap secure gear to the outside, while the drawcord skirt provides easy access and keeps out spindrift and light precip.

  • Redesigned shoulder straps and thermoformed backpanel
  • Top-loading, with removable lid, drawcord skirt closure and tuck-away rope strap
  • Micro ice-tool PickPockets™ and removable 20 mm crampon straps
  • Strippable design: removable hipbelt with fixed webbing belt and removable framesheet that doubles as a bivy pad
  • Hydration compatible

Tech Specs

Volume :  
[S/M] 48 L (2929 cu in)
[M/L] 50 L (3,051cu in)
Average Stock Weight :  
[S/M] 1.24 kg (2 lb 11 oz)
[M/L] 1.26 kg (2 lb 12 oz)
Materials :   210d ripstop main, 420d abrasion
Speed 50 Pack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and nimble Gets your gear there without any hassles. light enough yet it can still handle the loads of a full rack, rope etc. It's nimble enough to carry up the cliff if you're not coming back to your starting point.
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best pack I've ever owned! This pack is fantastic. It's light, super comfortable, tough, versatile, roomy and full featured. I have worn this pack fully loaded for 3 hours of hiking on an approach to a climb and not needed to stop for a break, get tired or sore. Normally I would need to stop after about an hour to take a break and rest but this thing is so comfy I can keep going. I've used many packs - Deuter, Gregory, Osprey, etc. and nothing touches this pack. I recently used it on a four day trip into the Mount Whitney area and carried the following: sleeping bag, pad, puffy jacket, fleece jacket, other layers, stove, fuel, four days of food, double rack, rope, harness, helmet, foam pad, rock shoes and some small miscellaneous items. I know.........that is just crazy. How did it all fit in a 48 liter pack?! And it was still comfy to carry. It also has a lot of great features yet it still retains its simplicity. The rope strap is great. The brain is huge. It's got a hydration sleeve, excellent ice tool and crampon attachments. It is easily and fully stripable if you want to use it as a summit pack which I would in a second. No need to bring an extra bullet pack for those alpine climbs. Buy this pack and you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great I bought this pack for the Grand Traverse. It is a great fit and is one of the most comfortable packs I have owned.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Pack - Poor After Sales Support I bought this pack a few months ago but on its second outing the pull cord detached from the pack. Appreciate that these things happen and returned the pack through the seller for repair. I understand that the pack was returned to Black Diamond and then Black Diamond Europe with no updates on progress. Reluctantly I eventually requested and received a full refund. Such a shame as potentially a great pack let down by quality and after sales care. Considering giving the pack another try as specification fits bill so to speak and will give it some thought.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable! I bought this pack about a year and a half ago and have put it through the wringer. I've worn out a few packs over the last six years (some in as little as a couple months, some in a year), and I've used this harder than most of those. It has a few small cuts in the fabric, but I easily patched them. The most worn out part is the pack panel where it rubs my lower back while hiking, but it still works fine. The drawcord cordlock on the primary collar (not the extension) wore through and broke a while ago, but it doesn't really affect the function of the pack; I just cinch the extension collar and then clip and tighten the top strap to keep the top of the pack tidy. I've carried this pack on thousands of feet of granite, sandstone, ice, and snow climbing and it's been a champ. With the collar and brain it expands to haul a heavy load, and then cinches down nicely to carry on route. The foam back panel came in handy during an unplanned bivvy. Most of the time I carry it without brain, frame panel, or hipbelt pads; so it's very light and simple and still carries fine. My only real suggestion is it would be nice to have a metal hook buckle on the top cinch strap. Sometimes when cinching down a rope or compressing the overflow collar, the plastic buckle gives way, so I can't cinch it tight enough.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Alpine I have a lot of packs. I really like this pack due to the efficient design, gear loops, tool buckles and removable top pouch. I think is has the right amount of features for this purpose. I've carried 50lbs with it and it was still acceptably comfortable and stable.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features! The pack worked really great for my climb on Sahale Arm .
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascent Series Packs I`m literally in love with the Speed packs I use the Speed 50 to go sleep on top of '' Mont Ham '' and '' Mont des Morios '' all year long. The perfect pack to live that kind of experiences. Simplicity, Confort and efficiency A Gold Class piece of kit
Date published: 2017-07-04
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