Black Diamond Speed 22

Black Diamond Speed 22

The Speed is back—sort of. In its original, 2005 edition, Black Diamond's Speed backpack was a masterpiece of light-is-right design. The original, 30-liter Speed backpack gave us a floating lid, side compression straps, a stiff single-stay frame, and not much else. For fast travel with heavy loads, the pack was and is just about perfect. Big ski mountaineering day trips? Check. Desert hikes that demand a gallon of water? Check again. I like my old 2005 Speed backpack so much I still use it.

— August 27, 2014

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents