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Distance 15 Backpack

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When moving fast through varying mountain terrain, the Distance 15 Pack has your back. Built to incorporate the best technology of both running vests and alpine packs, the Distance 15 includes vest-inspired suspension for running, and our time-tested alpine pack design for carrying a variety of tools for mountain adventures. READ MORE
Item# BD6812241000MED1
$ 149.95


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When moving fast through varying mountain terrain, the Distance 15 Pack has your back. Built to incorporate the best technology of both running vests and alpine packs, the Distance 15 includes vest-inspired suspension for running, and our time-tested alpine pack design for carrying a variety of tools for mountain adventures. Learn More


Engineered to redefine your line by giving you the ability to blend mountain terrain and activities, the Distance 15 is a hybrid pack that transcends barriers. By combining running-vest technology with our award-winning pack design, the Distance 15 moves with you while you run yet carries alpine gear with purpose-built features, so you have the gear you need when the trail ends, and the climbing begins. Built from our UHMWP 10x Ripstop Yarns—the same burly material we use in our climbing dogbones and Ultralight Camalots—the Distance fabric is literally 10-times stronger than steel per weight, while remaining so light it floats in water. The shoulder strap harness system utilizes our Stitch-less Edge Taping Technology—meaning the shoulder strap edge binding is fully edge taped instead of sewn, more like today’s innovative sportswear then a traditional running backpack—which allows for superior comfort, movement, and weight reduction. Also, the harness system is constructed with an adjustable, elastic-cording side compression system, which gives you a more secure ride while running, scrambling and climbing. This vest-like system also includes dual flask pockets that fit two BD HydraPak® SoftFlask™ (sold separately) and a Deploy pocket to stash the BD Deploy Wind Shell gusty ridge traverses and emergencies. The pack portion of the Distance includes a quick Blitz-style main opening with a stash pocket to tuck away essentials, while a mesh divider wall can store cordelette or a water bladder that can integrate with the pack’s hose routing. On the pack’s exterior, the Distance 15 includes dual piolet/ice axe holsters, and dual Z-Pole quiver sleeves to stash your trekking poles when the terrain changes. Dual front stretch pockets are an extra place to stash nutrition or gear, making the Distance 15 an ultra-versatile pack for moving light and fast in the mountains.
  • Dynex (Nylon 100d + PE 200d) body material with Dynex Ripstop yarns for bomber tear resistance that is 10x stronger than steel per weight
  • Quick Blitz-style main opening with slash pocket to tuck all excess skirt cording
  • Stitch-less Edge Taping Technology for superior shoulder strap comfort, movement and weight reduction
  • Dual side compression with reflective ticking
  • Dual Piolet / ice tool carry with metal dogbone for secure pick attachment
  • Dual Z-Pole Quiver Sleeves to securely carry trekking poles while running and scrambling
  • Adjustable elastic cording side compression system for a more secure ride while running and scrambling
  • BD.dry™ vapor barrier back panel lets sweat vapor escape while keeping pack contents dry
  • Fully water resistant main compartment for high altitude / 4-season running and climbing
  • Dual 4-way stretch zippered chest pockets with expandable volume and locking zipper pullers
  • Dual soft flask pockets with BD branded HydraPak® 500ml SoftFlask™ (sold separately) made of ultra-durable, abrasion resistant TPU & RF welded seams for superior durability and elasticity
  • 100% BPA & PVC free
  • Dual front stretch pockets with elastic closure for nutrition storage
  • Deploy pocket for the new Deploy Wind Shell
  • Interior stretch mesh divider wall to hold alpine cordelette / water bladders
  • Interior zippered security pocket for wallet and key storage


Tech Specs

Volume :   15 L (915 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :   394 g (13.89oz)
Materials :   UHMWPE 100d Nylon 4mm Ripstop

Built for climbers and mountain adventurers, BD.dry™ is our waterproof/breathable/windproof solution engineered in this application to enable sweat vapor to escape while keeping pack contents dry.







Distance 15 Backpack is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am one with the pack After using this on multiple full day adventures, I can honestly say I forget I am wearing it sometimes. Perfect capacity for extended day trips or single day summits. I live in Hawaii and deal with overgrown trails, and there is no damage to the pack even in conditions that shredded my legs. I wish it was a little bigger because this would be the perfect overnight pack.
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Just Makes Sense Bought this pack somewhat last minute in preparation for a 50+ mile day along the Long Trail. I was looking for something that would have decent capacity for a hydration bladder, layers and food, as well as front access. It is undoubtedly a stripped down pack in terms of storage, but I found it very comfortable and equally functional. I definitely started to find it's weight limit when fully loaded with 3L of water, but it was by no means unbearable. Time will tell how it holds up, but I found it perfectly suited to my needs. Barely noticed it most of the time and quite liked having access to snacks, soft flask and more up front.
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels as if it's a part of your body Difficult to explain; this pack feels like it is in you and not on you! Very comfortable-well ventilated-enough storage for short hikes and mountain biking. Well constructed.purchased when first came out.Good job B.D.How about throwing some stickers my way! Thank you! Keep up x-cellent work!
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling almost like Joe Grant Just used this thing for a couple 14ers here in Colorado. I'm certainly no Joe Grant, but I felt light and efficient with this vest/pack. The 15L carries really well and has room for everything I need (and not what I don't). A cool feature: Even with my poor shoulder mobility I can deploy my poles without taking off the pack. Love it. Thanks, BD!
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Trail Running Pack I used this pack on the Logan Peak Trail Run in June, 2019. The trail was 28 miles long and gained/lost 7,200 feet. I couldn’t have been happier with the pack. A smaller pack would have worked fine, but I wanted to carry more food and foot care supplies (due to limited aid stations), a light jacket, and a full-size camera. The pack didn't feel too large. The weight was negligible. My favorite feature of the pack is the higher water bottle pouches on the shoulder straps. Carrying my water bottles higher up on my shoulders felt more stable and resulted in less bouncing. I also love how durable the pack is--classic Black Diamond quality.
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great even if you don't run! Let me start by saying that I am not a good trail runner. I only run when I absolutely have too...that being said. This is the pack I have been looking years for. Finally I have a small volume, lightweight, minimalist pack that actually moves with you. I have used this pack hiking, climbing, scrambling, even mountain biking. I even got soft flasks and the Z trekking poles to fully maximize this packs features. It all blends seamlessly together. It moves with you and doesn't bounce all over the place like traditional backpacks. If this pack came in 22ish L with a rope strap and reinforced shoulder straps to accommodate more weight you would have a winner in my books as a truly dedicated on route pack; when a rope and protection is required.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent peak bagging pack I recently took this pack on it's maiden voyage, a 1.5 mile trail approach to a 4,000' 3-4th class gully climb with some wet brush. I really like the ability to have my gloves and energy gel handy while wearing running shorts with no pockets. The position high on the back was great for scrambling. There was ample room for a 1.5 liter bladder, light rain shell, crampons, food, 10 essentials, and my helmet inside the pack on the approach. I had some bounce while running the approach trail but didn't stop to tighten the pack down so that may be on me. I happen to own BD's Z trekking poles which worked flawlessly with the stowing sleeves while dealing with brush and climbing. I discovered an emergency whistle is installed inside the right chest zippered pocket which is not included in the specs. I plan to add a bungee on the back of the pack for wet clothing but no complaints otherwise.
Date published: 2019-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Distance Backpack I have been backpacking for over 30 years, and I must say, I have never had a backpack that is so light and comfortable! This backpack is easy to get into, versatile, and I am completely sold on this new technology! Well done BD!
Date published: 2019-06-27
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