Black Diamond's second-biggest backpacking bag is built for rough trails, big-mileage days and maximum comfort over the long haul. Its sleek exterior and duffel-bag-style access also makes it one of our top picks for semesters abroad, backpacking Europe, and adventure travel in general.
While other big packs try to wow you with straps and pockets galore, the Mercury 65 keeps its cards close to its chest - the features only appear when you need them, and tuck away when they aren't in use. Take the clever trekking pole attachment, for instance; its presence is betrated only by a little embroidered tab that says "poles" on it. When you tug on the tab, the elasticized holder comes out to grab your poles, then snaps back into place. Meanwhile, three mesh organizer pockets for your small items are hidden inside of the pack body, built into the reverse of the flaps that open the large front pocket and the duffel-style main compartment access. This pack is more organizationally adept than its minimalist exterior suggests.
The Mercury 65 uses Black Diamond's ergoACTIV suspension system, which incorporates a pivoting hipbelt and "SwingArm" shoulder straps to keep the pack from swinging out of balance as you scramble up the steep parts of your route. The pivoting hipbelt allows you to pick your knees up good and high to reach that next step, and the shoulder straps are connected together by a steel cable so that you can reach up and grab a hold without unbalancing the load.
- ergoACTIV XP suspension with OpenAir backpanel and SwingArm shoulder straps
- Top-loading with floating top pocket, plus front zippered access
- Waterproof taping on top and bottom
- Compartment divider, side and hipbelt pockets, front and internal organizer pockets
- Retractable trekking pole/ice axe loop, sleeping pad straps, hydration compatible
- [M] 65 L (3.967 cu in);
- [L] 67 L (4,087 cu in)
Average Stock Weight : [M] 2,150 g (4 lb 11 oz); [L] 2,190 g (4 lb 12 oz)
Materials : 400D polyester twill, 420D nylon twill
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