Review: Black Diamond Stone Duffel 42 Backpack

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Black Diamond Stone Duffel 42 Backpack Crag Pack

The accessibility of this pack-cum-duffel is top-notch, according to one tester who said we’d “have to pry it out of her cold, dead hands” to get it back. Her “throw-it-in-and-go” packing technique married perfectly with this hauler, whose full-length center zip saved her from any yard-sale headaches when unpacking. “I have immediate access to everything, and it’s always ready to be toted to the next line,” which meant less time sifting through a nest of gear and more time climbing. A top carry handle and two front carry handles let testers grab it any which way to move it, a great feature when dragging it down an entire cliff line, pitch by pitch in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. While the suspension seems minimal, the moldable plastic framesheet, padded backpanel, and webbing-only waistbelt still provided ample support for longer approaches lugging 25 lbs. of gear, with zero uncomfortable metal pokes and prods in the back. The pack even comes with a removable 1.2 x 1.5 meter rope tarp, which easily handled a 70-meter rope.


Full-length zipper and clever throw handles let you squeeze in more pitches in a session by spending less time packing and more time climbing. Testers appreciated the included rope tarp and simple design.


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