Black Diamond - Mercury 65
Technical specifications & features
|Weight||4 lbs 11 oz / 2.18 kg|
|Gender||Men's & Unisex|
|Mfg Sku/Part Number||681098|
|Cubic Inches||3,967 cu in|
|Material||400d polyester twill + 420d nylon twill|
|Other Features||-- ergoACTIV XP suspension with OpenAir backpanel and SwingArm shoulder straps
-- Top-loading with floating top pocket, plus front zippered access
-- Waterproof taping on top and bottom
-- Compartment divider, side and hipbelt pockets, front and internal organizer pockets
-- Retractable trekking pole/ice axe loop, sleeping pad straps, hydration compatible
-- Also available as women's-specific Onyx
SwingArm Shoulder Straps: These shoulder straps move in concert with a hiker's stride or a climber's reach by sliding through the bottom of the pack with low-friction cable and housing. Each strap is linked to the other by the cable, which maintains an even, balanced load across both shoulders.
ergoACTIV Hipbelt: The key to the ergoACTIV suspension is a proprietary, custom-shaped ball joint that attaches the hipbelt to the frame. This simple, durable three-dimensional system allows the hipbelt, and by extension the backpacker, hiker or climber, to move unrestricted in any direction. Gender-specific cant and shape provide optimal comfort on select models.
M-Motion™ Frame: The 6 mm 6061 aluminum frame in ergoACTIV XP packs enhances stiffness and load transfer, and has a 20 mm center stay for added support and backpanel contouring.
- not well thought out
This pack is a real let down coming from a company like BD. The waist band is so thin and the padding is sparse that it makes it uncomfortable. The shoulder straps are thin and also have very little padding and dig into my shoulders. There is a surprising lack of pockets on this pack. The front of the pack has one zip pocket, with one small zip pocket inside. The zippers have great waterproof tape on them, but where the zippers meet there is a hole that lets water in to the pack.
You have to assemble the waist belt after you purchase the pack. This is a cruel joke on consumers! Trying to get the allen wrench into the slot is a real trick, and then the screw will not engage into the hole to secure the waist belt. The 'rocking" waist belt is also not the best idea that I have seen. The buckle on the waist band is really small and fragile and I don't expect it to last very long.
The pack is also lacking in tie downs and places to attach equipment,
I do not recommend purchasing this pack.
Questions & Answers
Thank you for your question.
The Black Diamond Mercury 65 backpack is compatible with most hydration systems, with the exception of Osprey's Hydraulics Reservoirs which are too wide. The Mercury 65 hydration pocket accommodates systems up to 7" wide, and is approximately 12" deep but can easily accommodate taller systems as the top of the pocket is open.
Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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