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Black Diamond Sonar Pack


    Black Diamond Sonar Pack

    With innovative suspension and lots of volume, the Black Diamond Sonar pack offers all-day comfort and is capable of hauling a full day's worth of gear on quick summit scrambles and long day hikes.

    • $139.95

    Item # 845339

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    • Airy, breathable back panel, shoulder straps and hipbelt help keep your back cool and ventilated during hot sunny days
    • Hydration-compatible design features an externally accessible hydration sleeve (reservoir sold separately)
    • A bevy of pockets keeps your gear organized and accessible, including a fleece-lined pocket for your phone or MP3 player
    • Zippered panel access makes it easy to load and unload your gear
    • Tool loops let you attach trekking poles or an ice axe to the exterior
    • The Black Diamond Sonar pack is made of 210-denier ripstop nylon for lightweight durability

    Please note: Black Diamond products can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.


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    Black Diamond Sonar Pack Specs
    Best use
    26 liter24 liter
    1,587 cubic inches1,464 cubic inches
    2 lbs. 1 oz.2 pounds
    0.94 kilograms0.92 kilograms
    18.5 - 21 inches16 - 19 inches
    28 - 45 inches26 - 40 inches
    Ripstop nylonRipstop nylon
    1 peripheral V-shaped hoop/1 center stay1 peripheral V-shaped hoop/1 center stay
    6 + main compartment6 + main compartment
    21 x 14 x 6 inches21 x 14 x 6 inches
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    Weight - metric
    Adjustable torso
    Fits torso
    Fits waist/hips
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    Suspended mesh back panel
    Pack loading
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    Number of exterior pockets
    Sleeping bag compartment
    Raincover included

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    Rated 5.0/5 based on 1 reviews
    Rated 5out of5
    by from9.5 out of a 10 - has some chi Context: 1. I was looking for a pack primarily for my urban-day 2: Typical commute = subway to work (40 min), subway to training (10 min), subway home (30 min). Most of it standing. Often in tight subway cars. So, pack needed to be light, with good weight-distribution, and shaped so it could be easily maneuvered in packed subway. 3. Capacity: breakfast, lunch, snack, coffee mug, training clothes, a magazine for reading on the train, and a laptop in a 15" case. So, pack needed to allow 3-4 tupperware containers to stand upright(lower risk of spillage), really open up (not top loading), so I can easily pack/re-pack, as the day progresses, and have some level of rigid padding to protect the laptop. I also wanted couple of external pockets for wallet, phone, keys, etc. 4: Aspirational: I wanted a good looking pack, which I could use for 'off-road' adventures, or vacation travel. Finally, I wanted a well-made pack (craftsmanship). Competitors: I looked at products from arcteryx, mountain hardwear, mountainsmith, gregory, thule, and several others. Online, and in stores. I looked for the right pack for over 4 months, because I wanted the perfect pack, for my needs. This pack: Fits the bill perfectly. I was a bit reluctant because of the red padding, which makes it slightly less 'corporate-appropriate' than I would like. Why 9.5 (and not perfect 10): Construction quality: The construction is good, but not as good as top-of-line arcteryx or black diamond. My hypothesis is that they make some packs in the US/CA, with the most cutting edge machines (see the 700 dollar Naos for super construction). However, decent for this price-point. By construction, I mean the stitching, material choice, etc. For instance, the main zipper snags a little bit when it encounters certain turns (so you need two hands to manage). Design: Good, but again, not perfect. For instance, there are three zipper sets on pack: one for a fleece lined small pocket, one for another small pocket, and one for main compartment. Fleece lined one is highlit in red so it is visually distinguishable (good design). The other two, however, look identical. So, most of the time, it is trial and error to find the right one. Finally, for primarily urban users such as myself, it would be great if we could find a way to nicely stash the waist-strap, if not needed. For instance, if the waist-straps were a bit longer, we could wrap then around opposite side of pack and close the fastener, so the two waist-straps were not always dangling around. Should black-diamond ever read this review, and modify the sonar pack, I hope they send me an upgrade! Note: After I received this pack, I found it for USD20 cheaper online, but bc REI is a co-op, returns dividends, and supports in-store returns, chose to keep pack.
    Date published: 2013-07-10

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