Black Diamond Infinity 50 Backpack

May 18, 2010
Outside Magazine
Black Diamond Infinity 50 Backpack

   Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

When it comes to comfortably carrying big loads, it really is all about the hips. And while Black Diamond isn't the first company to attach the hipbelt to the frame via a ball joint, BD does it better than anyone else. Unlike traditional waist belts, the 3,050-cubic-inch Infinity's actually pivots, allowing the pack to hug your back and balance the load. OK, OK, the shoulders matter, too: Because the Infinity's innovative shoulder straps are connected by a low-friction cable that runs through the bottom of the pack, they're able to continuously change lengths as you swing your arms and stride down the trail. And then there are all the user-friendly features like retractable trekking-pole loops and removable sleeping-pad straps. The only caveat: Adjusting the suspension requires an Allen wrench (included), which some testers worried could get lost on the trail. 3.9 lbs; blackdiamond­
Versatility: 4.8 (out of 5)
Comfort: 4.8

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