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The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32 Bag is a winter pack for ski or snowboarding the backcountry. Avalanche territory requires avalanche equipment, and this is the pack that'll carry it on your back. The AvaLung-Ready pack works with the AvaLung Element (sold separately). Pack up the probe, extra layers, shovel, ice axe and more, the powder is waiting.
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AvaLung-Ready design accommodates AvaLung Element (sold separately)
Active, form-fitting suspension with zippered backpanel access
High-tenacity, ultralight Dynex side panels and shoulder straps
Tuck-away diagonal ski carry, A-frame carry and snowboard carry
Ice tool PickPockets and Hi-Lo helmet holder and dedicated avy tools organizer pocket
Hydration compatible with insulated sleeve and shoulder strap
Organizer Panel, Sternum Strap, Hip Belt, Ice Axe / Trekking Pole Loops
Pack Capacity (Small / Medium):
30 Liter / 1831 Cubic inches
Pack Capacity (Medium / Large):
32 Liters / 1953 Cubic inches
Dynex (210d + PE200d, 840d nylon oxford)
We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Backpacking, Mountaineering and Alpine, Skiing, Camping
Rated 5 out of
This 32L pack retired two other BD packsEvery feature my 45L Revelation and a 30L Slide packs have are eclipsed by the Dawn Patrol 32.
Carry ice-tools AND access avy gear immediately.
A-frame AND diagonal ski-carry.
Total access to pack's contents via the zipped + padded back-panel even with a fully-loaded pack.
Usable (roomy) belt-pouches.
AvaLung Element and hydration compatible.
After a dicey late-season alpine rock-solo exiting a couloir I skied in ice-boots (the crux was loosening the top A-frame carry ski-strap with one hand cuz I couldn't see up), I conceded that skiers actually do have a point with the diagonal carry. My next pack had to have that feature!
It's already on assignment prepping a couloir for this season. Thank you, BD!!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 3 out of
Lightweight and trim, some drawbacksI liked the low profile and clean presentation of this pack. The straps aren't miles long, and it all tucks away cleanly. Ski carry and helmet carry are fine, I like the belt pockets and insulated hydration sleeve on the shoulder.
Some things that didn't work as well for me: the back panel zip doesn't include the shoulder straps, and the hydration bladder pocket is placed in an outer layer of the pack, not against the back panel. This places the weight of the water farther from your back, affecting center of gravity/skiability, and cluttering up hose routing to the shoulder. Finally, the zippers were fairly small. I know this is done to reduce weight, but durability was affected.
I think it was a great pack for light day tours, but with the current layout and durability it doesn't quite stack up for longer, heavier days or technical outings.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of
User friendly and comfortableSo far so good on this ski pack. It took me some time to familiarize myself with all the systems of this pack, but once I got them dialed in, it made my transitions and carrying things a lot smoother. The access to the main compartment on the backside makes it easier to keep the back of the pack dry and sits securely on hills and in the snow. I can fit all I need for a full backcountry day: a couple liters of water, snacks and lots of layers. I love the compatablilty with the avalung- it's out of the way and it's great to have that added safety. Haven't tried the hydration pocket or the ski carry yet.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of
A Necessary PurchaseIf you’re in the backcountry, you need this bag. The design is perfect for all day riding or mountaineering. The construction makes it move really well with your body and you don’t feel bogged down, even turning on fresh pow. The only flaw I found is the lack of pockets in the main back compartment. It’d be nice to have one spot back there to put a snack or phone for easy grab. I thoroughly tested this pack against the Osprey Kamber, and this is far superior.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 3 out of
Okay pack, features could be better.I bought this pack at the start of the ski season. The fit works well and the outer helmet pouch and ski straps on the side have proved useful.
Besides not being able to fit a longer probe in the probe pocket, my biggest complaint about his pack is there is NO DOUBLE ZIPPER. It makes the 32 L size seem much smaller. It makes me shoving a layer into the pack a 10 minute process - the layer ~fits~ but the bag is much more difficult to zip up when full with just a single zipper.
If there was a double zipper and a bit more depth to the pack, it would be perfect.
Date published: 2020-03-13
Rated 4 out of
Solid backcountry day packThis is a well engineered backcountry day pack. At 32 L it gives me just enough space for all usual avalanche safety gear, basic additional layers and I can squeeze a set of skins in. Only downside is I carry a 320 cm probe which hardly fits, but I can jiggle the zipper closed. Would be nice to have a little more room there. It sits great while riding though, and that is always my primary concern.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of
industructableI have had this pack for probably closer to 5 years half of which was just hard skiing and then transitioned into my go-to everyday adventure bag, dirt biking, day hikes, river adventures , summer or winter this pack hardly looks like i use it except for a few high wear spots.i will be buying one the instant they tell me there stopping production so in ten years when mine dies.
Date published: 2019-08-28
Rated 3 out of
Great pack - just be sure it fits youThis pack ticks all the boxes on the list of must have features of a solid touring pack. That said, I could nit pick just about every one of those features, while at the same time acknowledging that most all of the shortcomings were likely intentional compromises to keep the weight to a minimum. Admittedly, weight savings, is the main reason that I bought this pack and so if weight savings trumps all, this pack hits the mark.
I can overlook the nit picky things like:
- impossibly small webbing loops for the helmet carrier (good luck with gloves on)
- the lack of reverse-pull hip belt straps
- somewhat undersized top pocket
- small zipper pulls
- hip belt pockets that cannot be completely zipped shut with one hand (seriously, this is just annoying)
- A-frame ski carry that requires a bit of "strategery" to ensure that your ski edges don't rub your butt all the way up the hill (but hey, at least it has both A-frame and diagonal)
All of these can be excused and overlooked in the name of weight savings, and I would have happily continued to use this as my go-to touring pack despite all of the above. I will especially miss the Avalung integration that you can only get on BD packs.
However, the reason that it will be relegated to my resort and side-country pack, is that it is not comfortable to wear. This is somewhat due to fit, but also due to a fairly sub-par suspension system (or lack of one altogether).
I am a 6'1" tall, broad shoulders and chest, long torsoed male. In the M/L torso length, this pack just does not have enough room for me. If your body shape/type is anything other than the typical 5'8", sub 185 lb, wirey moutaineer with a perfectly average length torso, you probably will want to try a few other packs before deciding that this is right for you. If that describes you... you cannot go wrong with the Dawn Patrol 32.