/ Black Diamond Speed v Black Diamond Axis v Marmot Centaur
Does anybody have experience of either of these models: BD Speed 30 or BD Axis 33 or Marmot Centaur 30?
Thanks in advance
Has anybody any feedback on the swingarm shoulder straps? Do they work well for climbing?
The prime reason I went with the Axis over the Speed is the zipper access, I was sick to the back teeth of having to f*ck around with a million different clips/draw cords when trying to find something in my pack half way up a big route.
The swivel hip belt thingy is excellent too, it's a very comfortable pack to climb/scramble with as a result.
My only complaint would be that the zipper pulls aren't big enough for use with chunky gloves (bit fiddly but manageable), which is pretty minor really.
I love the AK30, and Crux have said they will replace it with a new RK30 under warranty, but unfortunately they don't have any in stock and don't anticipate having any until May. Still, excellent customer service regardless.
However, I need something sooner than that, and in some ways would prefer a few more features. I'd like a pocket, and one criticism of the AK30 is that the side compression cords tend to compress the top of the pack rather than compressing evenly all the way up - so everything sits at the bottom like a big bumbag when it is half loaded.
You might want to consider the Blue Ice warthog...
I did, and was more taken by the Blue Ice 30L. But in the end opted for the BD Speed after trying one on. Seems a good balance between weight, durability and features.
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