The Black Diamond Shot got my hopes up and then didn't deliver The Shot is a great pack, in theory. A new take on the classic Bullet, with a padded back and updated features. How can that go wrong? Well, it did. This is not a good climbing specific pack; you'd be much better off with the tried and true Black Diamond Bullet if you are looking for a pack of a similar style and size. Youll also get a more durable pack, for essentially the same weight (since the Bullet sheds the weight of the padding).
If you like the idea of back padding in a pack, consider instead the Black Diamond BBEE or the Petzl Bug; the padding systems of each of these packs form to the contours of your back much better than the Shots. If you like the low profile design (slimmer but wider), consider the similarly shaped Petzl Bug.
This pack has some of the most innovative features on the market. I wish that BD would take the new features of this pack and put them on some of the other packs in their lineup. Or, better yet, make a pack that combines the unique features! The classic Bullet body, with the dual hydration ports and removable waistbelt of the Shot, and the back padding of the BBEE, now that would be a pack