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Black Diamond Distance 15 Backpack

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Mon Garcia
Black Diamond Distance 15 Backpack

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For the outdoor enthusiast, there’s a nice middle ground between hiking on a trail and full-on alpine climbing. The right pack helps you bridge those activities and lets you carry the right gear for each, with the added bonus of being lightweight and durable enough to meet the demands of either extreme. This is what the designers of the Black Diamond Distance 15 backpack set out to create—a hybrid backpack/vest with features that can adapt to different uses. And the best part: the durability and flexibility of this design also makes it a great candidate for a superlight EDC or commuting pack.

As per its name, the Distance 15 is a fully featured trail running backpack with a capacity of 15 liters designed to be light and comfortable enough to be carried over long distances. An adjustable elastic-corded side compression system keeps the pack lightweight and snug around your body, like a running vest or harness. It includes six pockets on the front: two made to carry a soft water flask, two smaller stretch pockets for nutrition storage, and two zippered pocket sleeves with sweatproof material, all integrated into the running vest-inspired shoulder straps. One of the zippered pockets includes a corded safety whistle, while the other is lined with waterproof material to protect gadgets and phones.

The pack is built from the company's own Distance fabric, made of UHMWP 10x ripstop yarns that make it 10 times stronger than steel per weight, while remaining light enough to float on water. Expect it to be durable as it was designed for climbing abrasion resistance. The water repellent main compartment is cinched up and closed via a drawstring and hook system. Inside, an interior stretch mesh divider holds water bladders which have their own hose routing through the pack. The same compartment can be used for other urban essentials, like a tablet or a small laptop. A zippered pocket for wallet and key storage is also available to secure more sensitive items.

On the back, a specially designed vapor barrier back panel keeps you from getting drenched with sweat while keeping the pack's contents dry, perfect for a trek or even a long daily commute. Stitchless and taped edges on the lightweight shoulder straps means nothing digs into your skin while carrying the pack, ensuring comfort even with a full load. Should the daily grind take you way off the beaten path, the Distance 15 offers specialized tool compartments to secure heavier gear as needed.

As an EDC bag the Distance 15 offers you lots of easily accessible storage, on-the-fly adjustability and a light and airy build. The hydration sleeve can carry up to a 13 inch laptop, and it has enough features and options for storage to keep your belongings dry and well organized. You get all this in a pack built to be flexible and tough enough for all your adventures. Get this lightweight, feature-filled, and rugged pack in your choice of two colors at the Amazon link below.

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