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Distance 15 - Pack

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When moving fast through varying mountain terrain, the Distance 15 Pack has your back. Built to incorporate the best technology of both running vests and alpine packs, the Distance 15 includes vest-inspired suspension for running, and our time-tested alpine pack design for carrying a variety of tools for mountain adventures.


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Engineered to redefine your line by giving you the ability to blend mountain terrain and activities, the Distance 15 is a hybrid pack that transcends barriers. By combining running-vest technology with our award-winning pack design, the Distance 15 moves with you while you run yet carries alpine gear with purpose-built features, so you have the gear you need when the trail ends, and the climbing begins. Built from our UHMWP 10x Ripstop Yarns—the same burly material we use in our climbing dogbones and Ultralight Camalots—the Distance fabric is literally 10-times stronger than steel per weight, while remaining so light it floats in water. The shoulder strap harness system utilizes our Stitch-less Edge Taping Technology—meaning the shoulder strap edge binding is fully edge taped instead of sewn, more like today’s innovative sportswear then a traditional running backpack—which allows for superior comfort, movement, and weight reduction. Also, the harness system is constructed with an adjustable, elastic-cording side compression system, which gives you a more secure ride while running, scrambling and climbing. This vest-like system also includes dual flask pockets that fit two BD HydraPak® SoftFlask™ (sold separately) and a Deploy pocket to stash the BD Deploy Wind Shell gusty ridge traverses and emergencies. The pack portion of the Distance includes a quick Blitz-style main opening with a stash pocket to tuck away essentials, while a mesh divider wall can store cordelette or a water bladder that can integrate with the pack’s hose routing. On the pack’s exterior, the Distance 15 includes dual piolet/ice axe holsters, and dual Z-Pole quiver sleeves to stash your trekking poles when the terrain changes. Dual front stretch pockets are an extra place to stash nutrition or gear, making the Distance 15 an ultra-versatile pack for moving light and fast in the mountains.
  • Dynex (Nylon 100d + PE 200d) body material with Dynex Ripstop yarns for bomber tear resistance that is 10x stronger than steel per weight
  • Quick Blitz-style main opening with slash pocket to tuck all excess skirt cording
  • Stitch-less Edge Taping Technology for superior shoulder strap comfort, movement and weight reduction
  • Dual side compression with reflective ticking
  • Dual Piolet / ice tool carry with metal dogbone for secure pick attachment
  • Dual Z-Pole Quiver Sleeves to securely carry trekking poles while running and scrambling
  • Adjustable elastic cording side compression system for a more secure ride while running and scrambling
  • BD.dry™ vapor barrier back panel lets sweat vapor escape while keeping pack contents dry
  • Fully water resistant main compartment for high altitude / 4-season running and climbing
  • Dual 4-way stretch zippered chest pockets with expandable volume and locking zipper pullers
  • Dual soft flask pockets with BD branded HydraPak® 500ml SoftFlask™ (sold separately) made of ultra-durable, abrasion resistant TPU & RF welded seams for superior durability and elasticity
  • 100% BPA & PVC free
  • Dual front stretch pockets with elastic closure for nutrition storage
  • Deploy pocket for the new Deploy Wind Shell
  • Interior stretch mesh divider wall to hold alpine cordelette / water bladders
  • Interior zippered security pocket for wallet and key storage


Tech Specs

Tech Specs

Volume :   15 L (915 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :   394 g (13.89oz)
Materials :   UHMWPE 100d Nylon 4mm Ripstop

Built for climbers and mountain adventurers, BD.dry™ is our waterproof/breathable/windproof solution engineered in this application to enable sweat vapor to escape while keeping pack contents dry.







Distance 15 - Pack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Trail Running Pack I used this pack on the Logan Peak Trail Run in June, 2019. The trail was 28 miles long and gained/lost 7,200 feet. I couldn’t have been happier with the pack. A smaller pack would have worked fine, but I wanted to carry more food and foot care supplies (due to limited aid stations), a light jacket, and a full-size camera. The pack didn't feel too large. The weight was negligible. My favorite feature of the pack is the higher water bottle pouches on the shoulder straps. Carrying my water bottles higher up on my shoulders felt more stable and resulted in less bouncing. I also love how durable the pack is--classic Black Diamond quality.
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great even if you don't run! Let me start by saying that I am not a good trail runner. I only run when I absolutely have too...that being said. This is the pack I have been looking years for. Finally I have a small volume, lightweight, minimalist pack that actually moves with you. I have used this pack hiking, climbing, scrambling, even mountain biking. I even got soft flasks and the Z trekking poles to fully maximize this packs features. It all blends seamlessly together. It moves with you and doesn't bounce all over the place like traditional backpacks. If this pack came in 22ish L with a rope strap and reinforced shoulder straps to accommodate more weight you would have a winner in my books as a truly dedicated on route pack; when a rope and protection is required.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pack for Peakbagging I've really enjoyed this pack for peakbagging trips in Colorado where I want to go fast and light. Everything is well thought out; the capacity is nice, and the attachments and pole pockets are a real bonus for me. I'm only giving 4 stars instead of as I would like for the front chest pockets to be able to cinch down to hold a water bottle that isn't completely full. When scrambling, if the water bladder isn't completely full, it's easy to fall out. Also when running, it tends to come loose and want to escape the pocket which can be frustrating.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has a whistle as well In one of the pockets it has a whistle built in found that out while stuffing the distance wind shell into the pocket. Very handy and practical bag. I bought it since I use the flz carbon poles for balance and this bag can help me do my basic shopping in a store as I can hold a pole so I can have one hand free. It fits nice doesn't put weight into my shoulders which is good since I have a spinal cord injury. Have to say first impressions of the bag is better then expected. I can see using this bag alot and it replacing my Nathan vapor air since it has more room and holds the poles way better much more practical.
Date published: 2019-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Day to Day Pack. Fits a surprising amount of gear without feeling like you are carrying much. The vest pockets are great for quick access when running, cycling and paddling. I take this on most any day trips, keeping it stocked with a few smaller items that are useful in many situations. Everything is light and durable. Figuring out how to use the drawstring took me a bit, but now that I’m using it right, it’s really slick to open and close the bag. Internal features are great with a sleeve, water bladder link, and zippered inner pocket. You can lash plenty of other gear on the outside as well. I’ve stopped using my 26 L pack in favour of this. Super impressed.
Date published: 2020-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a company is getting it dialed in! After years of being disappointed in other companies attempts to make a pack designed for fast and light movement in the mountains, specifically routes that require technical gear, Black Diamond has come to the rescue! Qualities I am looking for are comfort, versatility, ease of use, durability, and the ability to secure technical equipment. The Distance 15 rates highly in all of these factors. I am 5'9", weigh 155 pounds and went with the small. For most companies I am in spot where small is too small but medium is too big, requiring me to completely cinch down all the straps on the vest/pack to prevent it from bouncing. This is not the case with the Distance 15. The fit is tight enough to prevent bouncing but I still have ample room to tighten even more. The straps distribute the weight well, the compression cords are minimal but enough to keep the load from bouncing and there seems to be good airflow in for my back. I have worn the pack on a ten, 15 and 50 mile outing already and not once did I find any discomfort from wearing it (load was about eight to nine pounds). Being able to store enough items in the front pockets is very important to me as I do not like having to take off a vest/pack to access stuff unless it is a larger item. The six front pockets stashed enough for me to keep moving on a fifty miler, only removing the pack twice for bigger items in the main stowage. The top pockets are stretchy and are able to hold a phone, GoPro, inReach Device, wind breaker, headlamp, energy bars, gels, chews... yadda yadda. I used some old UD soft flasks and they fit great in the water flask pockets. Finally the lower pockets hold gloves, beanie, food, phone, spare battery, etc. In other words, you can really load up. Main storage has a space for a bladder. A nice little zippered pocket and then the 15L of storage space which will fit plenty of layers, crampons, etc. I have not tried a helmet yet. Ice axe holders work great and I am able to access them without removing the pace. Another huge plus. Overall workmanship looks superb and time will tell about durability but nothing I am seeing raises and alarm. I look forward to a summer/fall of mountain routes using this pack!
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great running pack. I bought this pack and the smaller one around the same time. I have used this one all winter, I can fit more gear in it for my longer runs and CC skiing in the BC. I feel like they designed the shoulder straps first then added a pack for the back. It feels like I am running in a super comfy vest, not a backpack loaded with extra layers water and snacks. The pole sleeves are perfectly placed so you can pull them out or put them away quickly. I really have no complaints, LOVE IT! Thanks BD, this was clearly designed by a Distance Mtn runner.
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable immediately, secure, bomber Took this thing out for a ten miler in the hills pretty soon after getting it and am so pleased with how comfortable it is. I weighted it a little bit (water + camera + gu) and it was secure, no bounce, and comfortable. My traps were a little sore the next day but I'd imagine that comes from never having run with a backpack before. Excited to see what this pack can do the more I test it. This is definitely a running pack - not ideal for day hikes where you feel you'll be taking it on and off a lot, constantly getting stuff out, but that's clearly not what it's designed for. It fits tightly, holds things securely, and doesn't easily swing off the shoulders like a regular day pack.
Date published: 2020-06-05
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