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    The CITADEL is a minimal utilitarian pack made for urban lifestyles.

    The clean modern aesthetic and premium performance textiles are right at home in the city, and the airflow back panel, 3D shoulder straps & IPX-06 waterproof rated construction make it clear that this pack can go anywhere.

    We offer the CITADEL in two variants : MINIMAL and MODULAR. The CITADEL MINIMAL is a sleek, discreet, minimal urban backpack. The CITADEL MODULAR is a pack system that adapts on the fly, adjusting to your daily needs.

    Whether you’re headed to the city streets, or halfway around the world, Black Ember keeps you in performance comfort and your gear fully protected.


    The CITADEL MODULAR is a pack system that adapts on the fly, adjusting to your daily needs. The CITADEL MODULAR is complimented by a range of modular accessories, we call them MODs. Our latest generation MODs feature instantly secure magnetic hardware. Once the magnets lock onto your pack, simply click the fail-safe clasp into place to ensure total security. With four unique modular pouches and a range of straps, you can spec out your CITADEL MODULAR as you see it.

    The CITADEL MODULAR features our latest performance textile : the 900-Denier 3-Layer Micro-Hex in Deep Black. This textile is specified to reduce reflection and keep you stealthy. Our proprietary laser-cut and bonded construction yields an IPX-06 waterproof rating. This means that it’s built to stay dry even when sprayed with a 1,000 PSI water jet.

    We leverage technical fit and functional knowledge from our outdoor performance design legacy to give the CITADEL great support, comfort & balance, even under heavy loads. The CITADELS' body contoured back panel is a composite construction that maintains a shape that hugs your back. Our airflow channel funnels hot air off your back and keeps you dry. Our 3D shoulder straps are crafted from two layers of EVA foam. One maintains structure and the other creates a soft body conscious fit. Both make for a comfy ride, even when your pack is fully loaded.

    *The CITADEL PACK comes with one HANDLE. Extra SIDE HANDLES can be purchased separately. Keep two handles on your pack at all times for efficient transport in briefcase-style carry. The CITADEL PACK does not come with compression straps. Please purchase compression straps separately.


"I want to first say, I am absolutely blown away with the quality and the precise details you have put into this bag. I did not expect the bag to uncover so much potential but I am still discovering ways to mod my bag."

- Mikey, Canada

"I have been on the road for eight years touring as a performer and have gone through many bags. My Black Ember backpack has proved to be the most versatile and durable bag to date. Thanks so much for making a strong and functional product that also looks awesome!"

- John, USA

"It's incredibly durable and I love the sleek low profile. It's definitely the best and most thoughtfully made pack I've ever seen (and I've owned a lot of bags, I'm sort of obsessed with them)."

- Steve, USA

"I was soaked in the rain, splashed with mud, and brushed up against endless rough foliage. Knowing my gear could tough it out, my group rearranged their gear and compiled everything that needed to stay dry into my Black Ember pack. It's definitely not just for city use."

- Brian, USA