You could be the dude who has a cragging pack, a multi-pitching pack, an ice-climbing pack, and a bouldering pack, or you could be the dude who has the versatile Black Diamond Epic 35 Backpack and makes fun of the ridiculously kitted-out guy who flails his way up a 5. 8. The Epic’s the most versatile pack that Black Diamond makes, with a moderate-large volume and plenty of features to make climbing days easier, like ice tool pockets, a three-point haul system, and removable crampon straps. It’s also one of the most comfortable packs out there, courtesy of the ergoActive suspension (a hip belt that pivots around a central point to rotate as you do) and floating SwingArm shoulder straps that are connected via an internal cable, allowing them to shift with your shoulders while remaining perfectly balanced. The padded hip belt is removable, and the Epic comes complete with full hydration compatibility so you don’t have to suffer from thirst during those unpleasantly long approaches.