Turns out big packs don’t have to be heavy. Black Diamond solved the age-old problem by weaving Dynex (Dyneema) into the Cirque 35 pack. The ultralight material is not weak, since it’s the same life-saving material in many of BD’s quickdraws. The new backpack is designed for ski mountaineers that need to carry a lot of technical gear, which is supported by an active suspension system. The lid is a highlight, being a simple system that is easy to operate with one gloved hand. It’s also extendable with an add-on for even more storage. The Cirque line is a very clean, lightweight solution for technical ski mountaineering missions.
* The Cirque 35 is available in two sizes. Small is actually “Small/Medium” and fits folks up to 5’9” or so. Large is “Medium/Large” and better for, well, larger folks.
|Ski Carry||Diagonal or A-frame|
|Shovel / Probe||Internal compartment with drain holes|
|Ice Axe||Tuck-away straps|
|Stash Pockets||1 hip belt|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Technical ski mountaineering|
|Notes||CINCH lid can be operated with one hand|
|Bottom Line||Big yet light|