Tag: Black Diamond

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

Avalanche Gear for Ice Climbers

The ice climbing community has been undergoing a paradigm shift in regards to avalanche awareness and safety.  Like the ski community’s transition to wearing helmets, ice climbers continue to become more aware of avalanches and how to mitigate the associated hazards through knowledge and equipment.  This is a much different […]

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

Winter 2017 OR – Apparel Report

This year’s Winter Outdoor Retailer showcased a wide array of new pieces of apparel and gloves to examine and try on. I have broken down the show into new technologies or innovative pieces, major trends, then followed that up with gloves. The major trends I found over the show were in environmental […]

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

Long-term Review: Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoodie

With the name “Alpine Start” you know this lightweight hoodie from Black Diamond should be good!  And it doesn’t disappoint.  This simple and lightweight layer cuts the wind, sheds light precipitation and keeps the sun and bugs off all while breathing very well.  It’s not waterproof though so any continuous […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Black Diamond, like many companies that make avalanche rescue equipment, has an avalanche shovel that can be set-up either as a hoe or shovel.  However, the elegant design of the BD Evac 7 make the conversion between the two modes simple and intuitive on a shovel that is still light […]

Field Tested: Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody

Field Tested: Black Diamond Deployment Hybrid Hoody

Designed as a technical mid-layer, Black Diamond’s new Deployment Hybrid Hoody utilizes a mixture of different materials and fabrics in different locations in an effort to provide warmth where it’s needed and breath-ability where it’s not.  The result is a nice fitting mid-layer with some great features though it still has […]

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

OR Summer 2015: Backpacks

Keeping it in alphabetical order this time… nothing revolutionary, but some cool updates. Arc’teryx is updating their Cierzo lineup for 2016. New, tougher fabrics should be more tear and abrasion resistant while retaining the packs’ light weight (375g for the 18L, 550g for the 28L). A large, glove-friendly top closure […]

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

OR Summer 2015: Hardware

Somewhat surprisingly, not a lot of new hardware to report on from the show but what there was is very cool. So, without further ado, let’s start with the coolest product we found: Dry Ice The Kronos ice tool is the first T-rated CE-certified ice tool made from wood. Yup, […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Torque Glove

The Black Diamond Torque is marketed as a technical ice / dry tooling / mixed climbing glove ideal for climbing where dexterity and grip are key. I’ve been using my pair for 4 months and I’m quite pleased with them. They deliver exactly what they promise and are holding up really […]

OR Summer 2014: Hardware

OR Summer 2014: Hardware

There are some really cool products coming in Spring 2015. Please keep in mind I didn’t make it to every booth so these are just the major players. Items should be hitting store shelves around February. Arc’teryx’s harness line-up goes from 9 harnesses down to 5. All harnesses have redesigned […]

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014: Highlights

OR Summer 2014 is still going on but I’m already home due to a very tight schedule this summer. With only two days to spend on the show floor it was a whirlwind tour, but here are the highlights from the show. Full report coming later next week. For ease […]