This tough little pack has the feel of a purpose-built tool as much as it does a backpack. It is constructed of the same tough-as-nails fabric that Black Diamond uses in some of its classic climbing quick draws and cams, so you know it is far more robust than what you would usually find on a running style vest like the Distance 15. That makes sense since the pack is designed for mountainous adventures that blur the lines between trail running, scrambling, and outright climbing. Storage is pretty streamlined but the organizational features that are there are thoughtful and well-placed. Numerous front harness pockets keep smaller items in easy reach, and the main rear compartment has a climbing-style entry for quick access. As you would expect from the brand that makes the now iconic foldable Z-poles, Black Diamond equipped the pack with quiver sleeves to safely stash the poles while keeping them at the ready for on-the-go deployment. If you and your preferred forms of adventure blow through lightweight, flimsy packs, the Distance should be right up your alley!
Best Use: Hiking and Running/Fitness
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