The Black Diamond Speed 40 is updated and much improved! Stay tuned for an update soon.
The current Editors' Choice is the CiloGear 30L WorkSack and our current highest rated Black Diamond mountaineering pack is the Black Diamond Speed 30. See the full Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing Backpack Review for reviews of all the alpine packs we've tested.
The Black Diamond Speed 40 is a popular alpine pack that offers a unique suspension system meant to move with the user for more comfortable hiking and more freedom of movement while climbing. Ultimately, we found the suspension system to be more of a novelty than a plus. Overall the Speed 40 is a solid pack, scoring higher than many of the packs we tested. It's not particularly light for its capacity however, and while some of the features are good, they don't outshine the top packs in this review.
This is a significantly re-designed pack from the older version, and for $160, it is a good choice for those looking for an affordable, and versatile pack.