Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L review: surprisingly roomy

The Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L is a handy pack ideal for trails, gravel and slopes, but has a bit too much webbing for smaller waists

A woman runs down a country road, a Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L around her waist.
(Image: © Jessie Leong)

Advnture Verdict

The Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L is a nifty pack for those who just want to head out on quick outings with something to carry the essentials. However, as a running pack it feels a bit bulky, and it’s held in place by a small buckle that presses against the stomach, while the webbing length and sizing need a little rethinking to streamline the design. It has a lot of potential for use in mountain biking and riding, though.


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    Easy-access water bottles

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    Surprisingly roomy

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    Storage for phone and layers


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    Feels a bit bouncy

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    Webbing straps too long

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Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L: first impressions

Combining the lightweight and durable construction of a high-performance trail running pack with the adjustable sizing and versatility of a technical hiking pouch, the Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L is a multi-activity pack with comfort and versatility at the forefront. Situated in Black Diamond’s Pursuit product range, which includes 15L and 30L backpacks, the Pursuit Waist Pack is at home on the trail whether you’re on foot, bike, skis or even horseback.


• List price: $74.95 (US) / £65 (UK)
• Weight: 227g / 8oz
• Color: Carbon-Moab Brown / Cherrywood-Ink Blue/Carbon-Foam Green / Octane-Ink Blue
• Compatibility: Trail running, Hiking, Biking and more

Made from 100% recycled body fabric, the Pursuit Waist Pack is designed to be comfortable on long adventures, thanks to a highly breathable back panel with a honeycomb-like mesh. Two exterior zipped pockets easily stash everything you need, along with quick-access side water bottle pockets, and one zipped interior pocket with a key clip.

Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L: on the trails

A woman wearing a Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L holds a bag and soft water bottle in front of it to show how large it is.

We were impressed with how much we could fit into the Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L  (Image credit: Jessie Leong)

The first thing that struck me when I used the Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L, heading out on a 10km trail run, was how incredibly roomy the pack was. As it’s designed as a unisex, one-size pack, I was sceptical that the fit would be right for me, as I tend to wear a small/medium and around 28-30in waist in clothing. Thanks to the continuous fit harness though, I could adjust the fit whenever I was doing more dynamic movement on bumpy trails, or have it slightly looser for adjustable comfort on the move when I was wearing it over layers.

The waist belt was ideal for sports when I wasn’t sure I wanted to carry a massive pack with me but wanted the option to put a spare layer away and have somewhere to store water and gloves.

The soft flasks are a bonus that help show the pack is aiming itself at the running/biking/multi-activity audience. Interestingly, there is some additional detailing where the pouches have a small bit of cord to loop round the ‘nip’ of the sports bottle on either pocket whilst the adjustable webbing on the side is easily cinchable to stop the bottle from jumping out when I hit a pothole. The best bit is that this is super easy to do, even with gloves on, so there’s no awkward fumbling around with freezing hands in sub-zero conditions.

A woman wearing a Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L holds out the webbing to show how long it is

The webbing on the Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L is much longer that it really needs to be, which can get annoying. (Image credit: Jessie Leong)

I did find the excess webbing a bit annoying in strong winds though as the pack is sized for a huge variation – from a 24in to a 51in waist. Personally, I’d prefer less webbing or a built-in elasticated tie to stop it from flapping around as over long distances this was a bit irritating. I would also have suggested using a slightly bigger buckle, as this is effectively what the waist pack is weighted against, so the small buckle does press against the stomach.

Functionality wise, I really liked the key clip, which was in an accent red colour that was easy to clip the house key onto to avoid it getting lost on the trail.

The reflective detailing, from the reflective BD logo on the front, to the grey tabs on the drink pouches, to the horizontal line on the bottom of the pouch, helps a lot when you’re using the pouch in low light adventures. When I was testing this in Iceland, there were many months where we didn’t have sunlight in the evenings so having as much reflective detailing as possible was ideal to ensure visibility on the un-lit roads.

A woman wearing a Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L is pulling a phone from it.

Reflective details were helpful when wearing the Black Diamond Pursuit Waist Pack 6L on dark roads (Image credit: Jessie Leong)

For outdoor users who want to guarantee their belongings’ safety, I’d always use a dry bag to make sure things are protected from the elements. The water-resistant zipper is great at keeping persistent rain and mud from penetrating the inner contents and is a more technical zipper than other packs I’ve tested of a similar construction and capacity.

What’s more, the pack is fully bluesign certified, being made from 100% recycled materials and using the Bluesign Approved dyeing process to reduce chemical waste. The mesh and back panel allowed for effective moisture management, thanks to the fast wicking and didn’t absorb sweat when I was testing this on warm, springtime runs.

Jessie Leong

A former brand ambassador for Merrell and current Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion, Jessie Leong’s lifelong outdoor odyssey began with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award walks in the Peak District. This segued into long hill hikes in the Yorkshire Dales, multi-day treks in the Lake District, scrambles in North Wales and adventures scaling alpine pinnacles. When not walking, she can be found rock climbing, wild swimming, cycling, photographing, filmmaking, writing and modelling. Jessie’s most recent claim to fame is playing a Miss World contestant in the 2020 feature film Misbehaviour.