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Black Diamond - Sphynx 42L Pack

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Black Diamond - Sphynx 42L Pack

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Stock #: A032- Closeout

A ready-for-anything top-loader with a low-profile design and clean lines, the Sphynx has plenty of room for your winter mountain gear yet is versatile enough for all-season use.


  • Removable 20 mm aluminum stay and framesheet
  • Dual-density shoulder straps and hipbelt
  • Top-load access
  • Ice tool PickPockets™, crampon patch and 3-point haul system
  • Side compression straps and ski slots
  • Hydration compatible


Volume :
42 L, 2,563 cu in (M/L)
40 L, 2,441 cu in (S/M)
Average Stock Weight :
1.59 kg, 3 lb 8 oz (M/L)
1.54 kg, 3 lb 6 oz (S/M)
Average Stripped Weight :
1.05 kg, 2 lb 5 oz (M/L)
1.03 kg, 2 lb 4 oz (S/M)
Materials :
Tough 420d Nylon Dot by Twill

Additional Information

Additional Information

Year 2010
Usage Backpacking
Properties No

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Pretty sweet alpine pack!
Overall an awesome pack! I'll start with the CONS: (not too many) first is that the top lid is fairly sizable and only strapped down by one buckle which means if you have stuff in the top and not a whole lot in the main pouch it can move around a bit, but not enough to hinder a climb, just noticeable. Also id like to see gear loops on the hip belt but i guess it doesnt really need it because its meant to sit slightly above the hip so as not to interfere with the harness (and even if it does it can be removed) I personally found the crampon patch useless, I ended up just throwing my crampons in a bag in the main pouch.

PROS: First of all its specifically designed for climbing which in my mind is awesome! the shape contours quite well while on technical routes. The storage system for ice tools is perfect! The aluminum stay can be removed from the frame to turn it into a quite comfortable rucksack when climbing. Its weight is great yet remains an extremely tough material. I've yet to take it on many spring/summer climbs/hikes, but i can say when wearing it with winter attire and while ice climbing it literally feels like there is NOTHING on my back, even with about 20-25lbs of gear packed away inside. The packs size is really close to perfect, its large enough to handle multiple day excursions, small enough to get away with it day hiking, and the perfect size for an alpine climb! Very excited to use it more,
All in all regular day hikers and campers may find many of the features useless or uncomfortable, but for climbers and mountaineers its hard to find something much better in my opinion! Review by Mike / (Posted on 4/7/2011)

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