Black Diamond Predator

This is a really technical 41-50 litre rucksack, intended for hardcore mountain use. Features such as a deep double cord snow-lock with compression straps and a removable lid, crampon pocket, ice axe pockets and ski guides leave you in no doubt of this. There is a selection of pockets, and all three of them are in the lid (one internal and two external). There is also an extra Velcro pocket in the lid containing a mesh helmet strap. The body of the pack is a slimline shape and has a vertical zip for accessing items inside the pack without struggling in through the lid. So it is great for big days in the hills. But the hefty price tag will rule this pack out for most, while a lack of features such as walking pole attachments will rule it out for hill-walking. You get 12 litres more capacity than you actually need, so the size and weight of the pack do not exactly embrace the ‘fast and light’ concept either.


Sex: unisex
Manufacturer’s capacity: 50 litres
Trail tested capacity: 62 litres
Fabric: long lasting 420d nylon and 1260 ballistics
Features: adjustable shoulder straps and hipbelt, side compression straps, bladder-compatible, ice axe pockets, crampon pocket, ski straps
Weight: 2100g
Made in Philippines
Stores in UK: no info provided

Verdict: Buy it if you need a solid rucksack for Scottish winters or Alpine epics.