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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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Does anyone have experience with the BD Distance 15? It has been out of stock for a while but is showing available again today.
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frooney wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:25 pm Does anyone have experience with the BD Distance 15? It has been out of stock for a while but is showing available again today.
Yes, i do. What's your question?
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tmud wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:10 pm
Dave B wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:41 am
tmud wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:33 am osprey mutant series backpacks were made specifically for Colorado mountaineering. I have the 22l, its pretty good.
Interesting flex. However, I'm be surprised if the mutant was designed with much more than a passing thought to CO "mountaineering".
Flex? It's a backpack. Flex, I assume you're referring to the verb, 'flexing', that is an action, not an object. This discussion concerns backpacks.
Lighten up Francis, I was making a joke about a backpack being specifically made for Colorado mountaineering is the same thing as a race car being made specifically for a parking lot.
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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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Conor wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:56 pm
frooney wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:25 pm Does anyone have experience with the BD Distance 15? It has been out of stock for a while but is showing available again today.
Yes, i do. What's your question?
Would you recommend it for similar use as discussed in this thread (understanding it’s on the smaller side for carrying winter gear)? The biggest knock I’ve read is the water bottle holsters seem difficult to use. Aside from that curious if it’s worked well as it seems pretty light and versatile.
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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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frooney wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:35 pm
Conor wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:56 pm
frooney wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:25 pm Does anyone have experience with the BD Distance 15? It has been out of stock for a while but is showing available again today.
Yes, i do. What's your question?
Would you recommend it for similar use as discussed in this thread (understanding it’s on the smaller side for carrying winter gear)? The biggest knock I’ve read is the water bottle holsters seem difficult to use. Aside from that curious if it’s worked well as it seems pretty light and versatile.
Here is what i wrote eariler, i wasn't specific about it being the distance 15 though since i couldn't remember the name.

I don't do the water bottle thing, so I'm not much help there. They do hold my eyeglasses pretty well though. I also stash food in the water bottle holders. There is an integrated pocket inside the pack to hold a bladder, my 2l fits well.

The size is perfect for fair weather, easy day missions. Looking back, it would have been perfect for the ishinca valley in peru. I know there are a lot of discussions about putting crampons or a rope on the outside of the pack, but if the approach is basically trail with some easy scrambling, i think it is a small concession to make until you get pointed and roped up. Obviously 15L is pretty small and you're carrying the basics. I may perhaps be a crappy hiker/climber, but i have no idea what the 10 essentials are and i know I often purposely don't carry a couple of them.

I also use it backpacking inside my bigger pack. Perhaps a bit of splurge in terms of weight, but i don't feel i overpack there either. This year after hitting all the rgp 13ers i packed up camp and did the 5 miles avg 17.5 min miles. Which beat my avg with a similar setup when i did cloud peak. All that is to say, it fits in my backpacking pack which is probably in the 15ish lb category (not carrying water).
Conor wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:27 pm I typically hate everything black diamond that isn't a camalot, but their packs are pretty good. they no longer make my 15L day pack which has axe carry and is running vest style. But, they have blitz 20 which is similar to what I currently use and the speed 22.

But, they're made to carry a small rope and are good for day outings (or euro style huts). The 15L is all my wife carried in europe. It also tucks in just fine into my z packs pack if I am backpacking in somewhere.
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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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Conor wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:38 am
frooney wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:35 pm
Conor wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 5:56 pm

Yes, i do. What's your question?
Would you recommend it for similar use as discussed in this thread (understanding it’s on the smaller side for carrying winter gear)? The biggest knock I’ve read is the water bottle holsters seem difficult to use. Aside from that curious if it’s worked well as it seems pretty light and versatile.
Here is what i wrote eariler, i wasn't specific about it being the distance 15 though since i couldn't remember the name.

I don't do the water bottle thing, so I'm not much help there. They do hold my eyeglasses pretty well though. I also stash food in the water bottle holders. There is an integrated pocket inside the pack to hold a bladder, my 2l fits well.

The size is perfect for fair weather, easy day missions. Looking back, it would have been perfect for the ishinca valley in peru. I know there are a lot of discussions about putting crampons or a rope on the outside of the pack, but if the approach is basically trail with some easy scrambling, i think it is a small concession to make until you get pointed and roped up. Obviously 15L is pretty small and you're carrying the basics. I may perhaps be a crappy hiker/climber, but i have no idea what the 10 essentials are and i know I often purposely don't carry a couple of them.

I also use it backpacking inside my bigger pack. Perhaps a bit of splurge in terms of weight, but i don't feel i overpack there either. This year after hitting all the rgp 13ers i packed up camp and did the 5 miles avg 17.5 min miles. Which beat my avg with a similar setup when i did cloud peak. All that is to say, it fits in my backpacking pack which is probably in the 15ish lb category (not carrying water).
Conor wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 3:27 pm I typically hate everything black diamond that isn't a camalot, but their packs are pretty good. they no longer make my 15L day pack which has axe carry and is running vest style. But, they have blitz 20 which is similar to what I currently use and the speed 22.

But, they're made to carry a small rope and are good for day outings (or euro style huts). The 15L is all my wife carried in europe. It also tucks in just fine into my z packs pack if I am backpacking in somewhere.
I should have put together you were probably referring to the Distance in that earlier post. Thanks for all the info, this really helps!
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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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Dave B wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:28 pm
tmud wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:10 pm
Dave B wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:41 am

Interesting flex. However, I'm be surprised if the mutant was designed with much more than a passing thought to CO "mountaineering".
Flex? It's a backpack. Flex, I assume you're referring to the verb, 'flexing', that is an action, not an object. This discussion concerns backpacks.
Lighten up Francis, I was making a joke about a backpack being specifically made for Colorado mountaineering is the same thing as a race car being made specifically for a parking lot.
Ah, the age old argument of how the act of bi-pedal travel through mountainous terrain isn't called mountaineering in Colorado because of some subjective gatekeeping certain people seem to hold simply because beirstadt exists.
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Re: What is your (15-25 L) mountaineering pack of choice

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tmud wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:29 pm
Dave B wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:28 pm
tmud wrote: Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:10 pm

Flex? It's a backpack. Flex, I assume you're referring to the verb, 'flexing', that is an action, not an object. This discussion concerns backpacks.
Lighten up Francis, I was making a joke about a backpack being specifically made for Colorado mountaineering is the same thing as a race car being made specifically for a parking lot.
Ah, the age old argument of how the act of bi-pedal travel through mountainous terrain isn't called mountaineering in Colorado because of some subjective gatekeeping certain people seem to hold simply because beirstadt exists.
Now you're getting it! Hooray!

Although I think Osprey would argue the Mutant would be geared more towards quadrupedal movement.
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