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Distance 8 - Pack

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Built for the fast and light mountain adventurer, the Distance pack transcends barriers with its hybrid design that includes vest-inspired suspension for running, and a unique feature set that allows you to carry the appropriate gear while navigating intricate mountain terrain.


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The Distance 8L Pack is engineered to redefine your line, from the trail runs that bleed into rocky scrambles, to alpine adventures that cover a wide spectrum of mountain terrain, this hybrid pack blends running vest technology with our intimate knowledge of alpine pack systems to carry the gear you need, while remaining featherweight and comfortable enough to move at a fast clip. Built from our UHMWP 10x Ripstop Yarns—the same burly material we use in our climbing dogbones and Ultralight Camalots—the Distance’s 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. The pack portion of this 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 8 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 8 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 :   8 L (488 cu in)
Average Stock Weight :   355 g (12.5 oz)
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 8 - Pack is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome fit - no bounce! Bought for Leadville training when I need to carry a bit more. No bounce carrying front water bottles - there isn't any stretch in the fabric which I find most problematic in a lot of trail running packs. Lots of room, but adjustable if not carrying much. The trekking pole slots are great. I like the flexibility of being able to carry bottles and bladder. One concern I have is the durability of the cinch cord and mechanism of the front pockets - time will tell! Best riding trail running pack I have tried in years.
Date published: 2019-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pack to do the thing This pack was a test venture into seeing if one pack worked to combine many of the mountain pursuits I've dovetailed for awhile. Ski mountaineering (Skimo), climbing, and now ultra distance running. After trying to run with skimo packs I thought there was a better way. And here we have it! In 6 months it has crushed at carrying light alpine climbing gear, worked extremely well for a 60k mountain run with zero chafing or rub zones, and has become my go to for all day climbing/running objectives. Now onto longer missions. Well done BD. (Now it just needs a quick access ski carry loop and hook...hint hint)
Date published: 2019-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect After a full month of consistent use, I feel this pack's one area of needed improvement is placing the bottle holsters higher up the shoulder straps! When running at a fast speed, the bottles are not in close enough reach to drink while in motion. Overall, the pack fits very well and when in motion with my Z poles, feels next to skin. I'm very excited about the Distance 4L because the Distance 8L is sometimes overkill on shorter runs. I hope BD surprises me with releasing it before 2020.
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but suffers from lack of breathability I really want to love this pack, it fits well, comfortable, the pole holders work well, everything seems sturdy, however the back panel simply doesn't breath. The problem is that, although there is a mesh panel on your back, that panel is backed by the waterproof outer of the pack's main compartment. When you sweat in the vest although the heat / moisture can get away from your skin it can't escape the pockets between the ribs of supporting material and the outer cover of the back behind them. This leads to the lack of breathability!
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Wanted Overall this pack is phenomenal. It's fits very well, is burly, and has a great loading system. The only thing I have to comment on is the water bottle holster. The draw string is basically useless... or I just haven't figure out how to use it properly. I end up tying an overhand with the cord and that seems to do the trick... but a proper cinching system would be nice. Other than that, great product from BD and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2019-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Balanced Comfort I have stayed away from vests largely due to some compromise that was needed in order to use it. this is the first vest that has fit me perfectly with minimum need to adjust. the load is balanced. the access to the zpoles is easy and holds them secured when not in use. the front pockets can be filled and still allow you to take a deep breath when running a little harder and no bounce on the downhills. the adjustability of the side straps makes this easy to set up and adjust as you add layers. very user friendly. make the investment.
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Trail Running Pack Recently purchased for trail running. Great construction, very durable materials. Stowage compartments are well laid out and secure. The fit of the pack is great. No bouncing, though some sloshing internally when using a 2L hydration bladder. Better internal securement could eliminate this problem. Great pack with room for my winter time layers and other essentials.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best hydration vest! I have 4 vests, 2 of each brand for different events/distances. This hands down is the best. It's the most comfortable and well-designed vest I've used. Quality and tough materials with all the features and pockets you'd want. Very secure with no bounce. Hidden side pockets for pole storage are a benefit. Used this for the Bryce 100 and Tahoe 100 this weekend. Will not go back to using the other top name vests it's that good. Try one on and you'll see.
Date published: 2019-07-18
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