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Black Diamond Element Reviews and Buyer's Guide (Jan 2019)

3.52 based on 32 reviews
Black Diamond Element
78% of the Black Diamond Element reviews are good or excellent!

Excellent (65%)
Good (13%)
Average (8%)
Poor (0%)
Bad (12%)


Specs across all Element models
Weight iconWeight2.5-4.4 oz (1.1-2 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)





Reviews Summary


Here's what the reviewers think about the Black Diamond Element:

Reviewers like these things about the Black Diamond Element

  • Black Diamond Element comes with 210D Water Resistant Ripstop nylon, which is quite impressive.
  • Front pocket has wide opening zipper and two mesh pockets that are easy to access.
  • It has two inner pockets in removable floating top pocket. You can turn it into a lumbar pack, with large top opening.
  • Side pockets are easy to access and wide enough with single handed cinch cord.
  • It comes with elasticized pouch in main pocket and it is hydration compatible to keep water bladder at one place.
  • You can easily access your sleeping bag thanks to its bottom zipper.
  • Thanks to reACTIV suspension, it is light and comfortable. The side pockets are easy to access and inner water elasticized bladder pouch is an added bonus.
  • Many backpackers loved it because Element is comfortable to carry 14 quickdraws, full trad rack, 70m climbing rope, harness, shoes, helmet, water and food.
  • Good for hiking flat trails. But it literally moves with you on rocky terrains and sporadic movements.
  • Thanks to SwingArm shoulder straps, it moves with you with a huge range of motion.
  • Back panel is also cushioned and ventilated.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • It is not easy enough to convert top pocket into hip one as 16 straps and 11 pockets seem too much for a weekend backpacker.
  • Despite being lightweight, it seems too complex to handle. When you swivel and bounce over roots and rocks, the whole load cannot move with you.



Popular Models


Black Diamond Element 60

79% choose the Black Diamond Element 60

Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Weight iconWeight2.5 oz (1.1 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)


Black Diamond Element 45

21% choose the Black Diamond Element 45

Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Weight iconWeight4.4 oz (2 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)




Rankings


vs Black Diamond Bags

The Black Diamond Element ranks #21 compared with the other Black Diamond bags.

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3.53
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20Black Diamond Element
3.52
Black Diamond Element
21Black Diamond Onyx
3.49
Black Diamond Onyx
22Black Diamond Bolt
3.48
Black Diamond Bolt
23Black Diamond Axis
3.04
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vs All Bags

The Black Diamond Element ranks #1362 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1360Red Rock Assault
3.53
Red Rock Assault
1361Black Diamond Element
3.52
Black Diamond Element
1362Thule EnRoute
3.52
Thule EnRoute
1363Camelbak Molokai
3.52
Camelbak Molokai
1364Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown
3.52
Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown



Selected Reviews


Backcountry Skiing Canada

Overall, my verdict is that the Black Diamond Element 60 is a light and, most especially, comfortable backpack. By streamlining the pocket options and outer straps, this pack would be absolutely perfect.

Posted 7 June 2014 by Vince Hempsall - Read full review

Bag ID 31170. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Last updated on January 11, 2019

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