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Overview READ MOREInspired by our climbing packs and built for discerning ski mountaineers, the Cirque 35 is our mid-sized, ultralight ski pack with all of the features needed for technical alpine objectives in a clean and simple design.
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DescriptionClean, simple and fully dialed for demanding ski lines from the Chugach to Chamonix, the Black Diamond Cirque 35 is our technical ski mountaineering pack with a mid-sized capacity. The Cirque’s minimalist construction features an active suspension, as well as our unique CINCH closure system that opens or closes the top with a single pull. A slide-in avy tools pocket and rope and ice tool attachments secure all your gear, while a quick-deploy piolet system that is compatible with piolets, technical tools and mixed tools comes in handy during unexpected sections of no-fall terrain.
- Active, form-fitting suspension with SwingArm™ shoulder straps, stretch-woven hipbelt pocket and single gear loop
- Unique CINCH closure opens or closes with a single pull
- Detached, ultralight SilNylon lid pocket (sold seperatley)
- Integrated avy tools pocket with drain holes
- Tuck-away diagonal ski carry and A-frame carry, stowable helmet flap
- Ice-tool PickPockets™, tuck-away rope strap and quick-deploy piolet system is compatible with piolets, technical tools and mixed tools
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Cirque 35 Pack is rated out of 5 by 28.
Rated 5 out of 5 by NatD from Good mix of features and layout I really like the blend of features for this pack, balancing some nice ski features while keeping the weight close to that of a pack for alpinism. It isn't as light as a dedicated alpinist pack, that is for sure. I have other packs which are your typical super-stripped down packs for minimalist alpine climbs, but those carry skis poorly, or not at all. (packs like BDs Blitz 28) Likewise I don't think I would like this pack for carrying a heavy pair of alpine or freeride skis/bindings with alpine or heavy AT boots attached. Maybe if it was stuffed full, it would carry them okay, but at that point the weight would probably exceed the suspensions design. Also, it doesn't have the airbag feature, something very ski-specific. I think that just like the Helio series skis, this pack is a great backcountry all-around performer; it works for the majority of 1 night backcountry skiing/touring/mountaineering or ski-accessed climbing objectives. This is particularly true when wearing boots which work car-to-car across the skiing and climbing spectrum. This pack carries skis exceptionally well when you don't have to have boots attached or in the pack. The pockets are all well thought out. Yes, the exterior flap pocket is small. I know everyone has their own loading system, but I really like everything inside except for a map/gps, water, and snacks (and climbing gear if applicable). I keep my water (16oz size) clipped to the gear loop, the snack in the waist pocket, and the map/gps in the flap pocket. Works perfectly for me. If it isn't one of those 3 (or other climbing gear), then it really doesn't need to be out anyways. If you are on the cutting edge of alpinism, whether accessed by skis or not, this pack is probably too heavy; or if you are riding serious big mountain avalanche terrain you probably want an airbag pack. However, For an average recreational user I think this pack is a great choice and will cover all your 1 night needs.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by Isabel from Nice pack but quality lacking I first bought one of these packs two years ago. It has only gotten moderate use because I use a Jetforce pack during most of the winter. Early on, the outer material on the shoulder strap started fraying but I ignored it hoping it was superficial and would not effect the structural integrity of the strap. Now on it's third season (of only spring and summer use) and the strap is hanging on by only one layer of fabric and I am not going to take the chance of losing the strap mid-tour and having to carry the pack with only one shoulder strap (as cool as that would look!). I like the pack enough (lightweight, lots of room but packs down, good pockets) that I ordered the same as a replacement (hence the 3 star review) however I was dissatisfied with the quality.
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mathew from Don't use any other pack anymore... Used this, and only this pack, all season. It's amazing. Quick release ice tool/axe system is a super slick system, and essential for the serious ski alpinist. Have packed this with glacier gear, rope, alpine rack, skis, and tools for several 20+ mile, 10,000'+ adventures in the Western Chugach and Kenai Mountains. With the side zipper, you have quick access to often-used essentials. There currently seems to be no legit competition for this pack on the market (for the avid ski mountaineer). Weight, durability, and functionality are second to none.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by mtbriggs from Perfect Backcountry Bag The Cirque 35 is perfect for long days in the backcountry. Well designed and thought out. Plenty of room for layers, food, emergency supplies, snow safety gear, and anything else you might need. The diagonal ski carry was really secure when bootpacking. I especially love the separate compartment for shovel and probe - nice to have those separate to keep everything else dry, make them easy to access, and keep them off your back. Overall great simple design.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hardishedipus from Great Ski Pack Live in NW Cascades at mountain pass at 3000 feet. Ski most days in and out of bounds. Can be wet even when snowing up here and the dedicated act pocket with drain hole is really nice for a wet shell and equipment. Not an insignificant feature here. Enough volume in the 35L for me on any day trip and it collapses nicely for inbounds skiing with kids hot chocolate, extra mittens, tissue, snacks, etc..... Just a versatile pack for snow stuff. Really like the lid design for repeated in/out access. Recommend it, will buy another for sure.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by Julien from backpack review I bought this backpack for day tours and I really like the size. It fits all the necessary gear for day tours: safety gear, water, food and extra clothes. The backpack is very comfy, I really like the SwingArm technology. The side zip makes it possible to access your water bottle without having to take off your back pack which is good. The hip belt pocket is great for storing small snacks or a headlamp. The stowable helmet carriage is a great place to put your jacket when it's warm out. For more negative points, the A frame ski carry straps barely fit my skis. I understand I have quite fat skis (120mm underfoot with Salomon Guardians) but I think this should not have been an issue. The straps are so tight that they cannot go over part of my heelpiece which results in the skis being unbalanced. The bottom straps should be adjustable or larger. The sinch closure system does not feel right. You cannot open up to see whats in your pack very good because it is attached to the top pocket. Same goes for when you close the pack it never seems to be closed completely. Since the top pocket is attached to the sinch closure system, there is not much room to put stuff in there. The idea is good but i would suggest seperating the top pocket and the sinch closure system, more room for top pocket and easier access for gear inside the pack. This backpack is allright, but there are definetly some adjustements that can be made.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by Calgary Ken from Lid flap doesn't cover the top opening I love the pack except for the lid. Has anyone else noticed that unless the pack is full, the flap lid doesn't fit well over the top opening? No matter how well I tighten the string closure, the lid flap gapes open in places. Am I doing something wrong?
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark from This is a really great pack! I used a Cirque 30 pack all of the past year and found it a bit small for a full day of backcountry travel and so bought it's "bigger brother", the Cirque 35, two months ago. I've used it almost daily and it is, at least for me, the perfect ski pack: simple, light, carries well, no frills. I'm grateful to BD for creating such a line of packs.
Date published: 2019-04-04