Black Diamond Equipment
Dawn Patrol™ 32 Pack
A mid-sized lightweight ski pack designed for maximum versatility, the Dawn Patrol 32 accommodates either skis or a snowboard and is AvaLung-Ready for use with our AvaLung Element. READ MORE
DescriptionOur lightweight, mid-sized ski pack built for the full buffet of on-snow pursuits, the super-versatile Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 Pack is outfitted with carry systems for both skis and a snowboard, making it our go-to pack for backcountry-loving one-plankers and dedicated ski-tourers alike. The pack’s active, form-fitting suspension provides a contoured, body-hugging fit, while zippered backpanel access provides easy entry. Exterior attachment points for a helmet and ice tools outfit the pack for technical trips into the mountains, and the pack is also compatible with our AvaLung Element (sold separately) for added avalanche preparedness that is easy to take on and off when using the pack year-round
- AvaLung-Ready design accommodates AvaLung Element (sold separately)
- Active, form-fitting suspension with zippered backpanel access
- High-tenacity, ultralight Dynex side panels and shoulder straps
- Tuck-away diagonal ski carry and A-frame carry
- Ice tool PickPockets™, Hi-Lo helmet holder and dedicated avy tools organizer pocket
- Hydration compatible with insulated sleeve and shoulder strap
Volume : [S/M] 30 L (1831 cu in)
[M/L] 32 L (1953 cu in)
[M/L] 32 L (1953 cu in)
Average Stock Weight : 1.17 kg (2 lb 9 oz)
Materials : Dynex (210d + PE200d, 840d nylon oxford)
Dawn Patrol™ 32 Pack is rated out of 5 by 15.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Riff from Lightweight and trim, some drawbacks I liked the low profile and clean presentation of this pack. The straps aren't miles long, and it all tucks away cleanly. Ski carry and helmet carry are fine, I like the belt pockets and insulated hydration sleeve on the shoulder. Some things that didn't work as well for me: the back panel zip doesn't include the shoulder straps, and the hydration bladder pocket is placed in an outer layer of the pack, not against the back panel. This places the weight of the water farther from your back, affecting center of gravity/skiability, and cluttering up hose routing to the shoulder. Finally, the zippers were fairly small. I know this is done to reduce weight, but durability was affected. I think it was a great pack for light day tours, but with the current layout and durability it doesn't quite stack up for longer, heavier days or technical outings.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarah from User friendly and comfortable So far so good on this ski pack. It took me some time to familiarize myself with all the systems of this pack, but once I got them dialed in, it made my transitions and carrying things a lot smoother. The access to the main compartment on the backside makes it easier to keep the back of the pack dry and sits securely on hills and in the snow. I can fit all I need for a full backcountry day: a couple liters of water, snacks and lots of layers. I love the compatablilty with the avalung- it's out of the way and it's great to have that added safety. Haven't tried the hydration pocket or the ski carry yet.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mar' from This 32L pack retired two other BD packs Every feature my 45L Revelation and a 30L Slide packs have are eclipsed by the Dawn Patrol 32. Carry ice-tools AND access avy gear immediately. A-frame AND diagonal ski-carry. Total access to pack's contents via the zipped + padded back-panel even with a fully-loaded pack. Usable (roomy) belt-pouches. AvaLung Element and hydration compatible. After a dicey late-season alpine rock-solo exiting a couloir I skied in ice-boots (the crux was loosening the top A-frame carry ski-strap with one hand cuz I couldn't see up), I conceded that skiers actually do have a point with the diagonal carry. My next pack had to have that feature! It's already on assignment prepping a couloir for this season. Thank you, BD!!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by tbkfan from Great pack - just be sure it fits you This pack ticks all the boxes on the list of must have features of a solid touring pack. That said, I could nit pick just about every one of those features, while at the same time acknowledging that most all of the shortcomings were likely intentional compromises to keep the weight to a minimum. Admittedly, weight savings, is the main reason that I bought this pack and so if weight savings trumps all, this pack hits the mark. I can overlook the nit picky things like: - impossibly small webbing loops for the helmet carrier (good luck with gloves on) - the lack of reverse-pull hip belt straps - somewhat undersized top pocket - small zipper pulls - hip belt pockets that cannot be completely zipped shut with one hand (seriously, this is just annoying) - A-frame ski carry that requires a bit of "strategery" to ensure that your ski edges don't rub your butt all the way up the hill (but hey, at least it has both A-frame and diagonal) All of these can be excused and overlooked in the name of weight savings, and I would have happily continued to use this as my go-to touring pack despite all of the above. I will especially miss the Avalung integration that you can only get on BD packs. However, the reason that it will be relegated to my resort and side-country pack, is that it is not comfortable to wear. This is somewhat due to fit, but also due to a fairly sub-par suspension system (or lack of one altogether). I am a 6'1" tall, broad shoulders and chest, long torsoed male. In the M/L torso length, this pack just does not have enough room for me. If your body shape/type is anything other than the typical 5'8", sub 185 lb, wirey moutaineer with a perfectly average length torso, you probably will want to try a few other packs before deciding that this is right for you. If that describes you... you cannot go wrong with the Dawn Patrol 32.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by Daniel from Overall decent but not a fan I got this pack partially because it was the only on available at the shop that I was at and my old pack had a strap rip off. I think it is an overall decent bag, but I really don't like that the only way to access to main compartment is through the back zipper. It feels kinda gimmicky. It was pretty annoying to fit everything I wanted for a day in there. I guess I'm just a top loader person.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by David from Made for XC skiing It's very comfortable, with wide straps suited to 'poling along'. Its pockets are well designed. It's large enough to accommodate a broad selection of emergency gear. Many of its features have proven useful. It's easy to strap skis on the back. The insulated shoulder strap helps prevent freezing of the tube from a water sack. AvaLung compatibility could save one's life, if there's an avalanche.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wydaho skier from Sweet Backcountry Pack This is a sweet pack. It is light, streamlined and easy to get to the hear you need. I has plenty of room for full day tours or is small enough for shorter days and quick laps. I have had a bunch of different backcountry skiing specific packs and this is by far my favorite to date!
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by Seattleskier from Great features but needs longer avy pouch. It would be great if BD put more technical info on the website. I specifically asked the chat gear head the length of the avy pouch and was told it was 23". I have the M/L and it is actually 21 inches, the same length as my Voile shovel handle and only 1" longer than my BCA 300 probe (not counting its enclosure sack). So closing the avy compartment over my gear is a challenge. BD should make the avy pouch at least 1" longer, which there is room to do. Be aware that the S/L has smaller dimensions than the M/L, but other than volume those dimensions are not posted. Otherwise a great, well-designed pack. Note: it is also a little bit of a challenge to attach the Avalung because the hooks are hard to get into and out of the pack loops, but doable. Although I see the point of the reviewer who would have preferred the hydration pack to be against the back pad, BD elected to have the zipper stay inside the shoulder straps, rather than unzip the shoulder straps at the same time. The result is that the hydration pack has to be at the back of the gear compartment for the hose to go into the right shoulder strap.
Date published: 2017-04-26