Black Diamond Equipment Women's Astral 40 Backpack
This agile, womens-specific pack helps you jump into superlight fastpacking without feeling too exposed. The Black Diamond Astral 40 for women and its reACTIV suspension allows you to move fast and confident with your pack instead of despite it. To further streamline the pack, stash the removable top lid and fine-tune the Astrals volume with its adjustable roll-top closure.
- ergoACTIV suspension with OpenAir backpanel
- Top-loading access with fixed top pocket
- Women’s-specific shoulder straps and removable, interchangeable hipbelt, both with soft, breathable 3D mesh
- Hipbelt stash pocket, side stretch pockets and front compression stretch pocket
- Trekking pole/ice axe loops
- Hydration compatible
- Materials: 210d Nylon Ripstop, 400d Nylon Twill
- Volume: SM 38 L MED 40 L
- Weight: SM 2 lb 6 oz, MED 2 lb 8 oz
Purchase the Black Diamond Equipment Astral 40 Backpack for Women from Altrec.com. All order totals over $45 qualify for free ground shipping.
- August 12 2010
I bought this pack as a mid-size good quality hiking pack that could carry a few days worth of gear for hut-to-hut hiking. I am satisfied. Overall, it is excellent, with good shoulder straps (slightly wider set than average, i suspect), outstandingly comfortable hip belt and deceptively spacious interior. However one major gripe is that the two straps attaching the top lid to the back panel of the pack will not stay fixed. It ends up sliding all over the place. I have taken to leaving the lid at home and just using the pack itself. This is ok, but it means the only small pockets with easy access are on the hip belt. The other alternative would be to sew the straps to a fixed length, but obviously that limits your flexibility on the pack overall. The other downside is that the roll-top to the main section means that it is a little slow to get in and out of, and you generally need two hands to close the bag neatly.