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Black Diamond Element Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

3.27
based on 45 reviews


We have checked tens of reviews and found 11 reasons to buy the Element - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.


78% of the reviewers give the Black Diamond Element a good or excellent rating!

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



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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.



Specs


Crowdsourced specs across all Black Diamond Element models and sizes:

Weight iconWeight3-4.7 oz (1.4-2.1 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)





Popular Models


Black Diamond Element 60

79% choose the Black Diamond Element 60

79 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Weight iconWeight3 oz (1.4 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

21 %
Colors and combinations:

Black
Blue


Specs
Weight iconWeight4.7 oz (2.1 kg)
Length iconLength24 in (61 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height4 in (10 cm)




Black Diamond Element 60 vs Element 45


The two most popular Black Diamond Element models are the Element 60 and the Element 45, so let's compare them:

Popularity and Prices

In total, 100% of the people interested in the Black Diamond Element bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Element 60 which is choosen by 79% (3.8 times as many as the 21% that choose the Element 45).

Element 60Element 45
Most popular

The price of the two bags is more or less the same, but check the deals before you buy.

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Element 60 is 1.7 kg (60 oz) lower than the weight of the Element 45.

Element 60Element 45
Lightest

If we look at dimensions, both the Element 60 and the Element 45 has the same length (24 in). Both bags are the same width (13 in), while the height is the same (both 4 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black and blue.




Feature Summary


Many sources mention these Black Diamond Element features:
  • Hip belt
  • Hip belt pockets
  • Organizer panel
  • Hydration compatible
  • Side pockets

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.


Rankings


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The Black Diamond Element ranks #29 compared with the other Black Diamond bags.

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The Black Diamond Element ranks #2667 compared with all the bags we have checked.

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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

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Last updated on July 03, 2019