Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing and mountain sports equipment, will showcase a Fall 2014 Collection at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The 2014 line reflects Black Diamond’s expertise as a community of users and makers dedicated to the creation of revolutionary equipment and apparel.
“For over 25 years, the designers, engineers and employees of Black Diamond have used their first-hand knowledge of climbing, skiing and mountain sports to create next-level products,” says Ryan Gellert, Brand President of Black Diamond Equipment. “We trust what we make because we use what we make.”
In snow safety, Black Diamond introduces JetForce Technology, the first avalanche airbag system to use electronically controlled jet-fan inflation. Designed from the ground up to improve ease of use and performance over traditional compressed-gas-cylinder systems, JetForce Technology complements Black Diamond’s existing collection of snow safety equipment that includes shovels, probes, AvaLung® backpacks and PIEPS avalanche transceivers.
“Every time you go into avalanche terrain, the tools you bring only help to stack the odds in your favor,” says Nathan Kuder, Category Director for Packs at Black Diamond. “No piece of equipment can replace good judgment, but the JetForce system, when paired with education and experience, can create a critical margin of safety.”
Black Diamond also reaffirms its commitment to performance in backcountry skiing with a new line of carbon fiber skis designed for skiers who work for the down. The new Carbon Megawatt, Carbon Convert and Carbon Aspect update some of Black Diamond’s most popular skis in lightweight carbon fiber to offer freeride performance at minimum weight.
In ice climbing, Black Diamond introduces the Fuel ice tool, featuring a lightweight shaft hydroformed from a single piece of aluminum for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling. “No one else in the industry is doing anything like the Fuel’s one-piece hydroformed shaft,” says Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s new Category Director for Climbing Equipment. “It’s a quiver of one for the modern winter climber.”
In headlamps, Black Diamond will introduce a completely redesigned Ion headlamp, the lightest, smallest fully functional headlamp that runs on AAA batteries. Weighing in at just one ounce, the Ion features a modern touch-control housing and uses a DoublePower white LED and a SinglePower red LED that emit an incredible 80 lumens on maximum power.
Now in its third season, Black Diamond Apparel continues its rapid growth with the introduction of a complete line of technical outerwear employing best-in-class fabrics from Gore®, PrimaLoft®, Shoeller® and Polartec®. “Fundamentally, we’re toolmakers,” says Tim Bantle, Black Diamond’s Director of Apparel. “These pieces are gear, the result of a multi-year, intensive design and development process.”
Black Diamond will launch the first season of a new Women’s Apparel line, designed to meet the needs of climbers and skiers in technical terrain. Fit for purpose, the line combines a meticulous design and fit process with the most advanced textiles available. Women familiar with the performance of Black Diamond equipment will find hardshells, softshells, insulation and merino wool styles that are essential elements of their alpine toolkit.
“We’re excited to be launching a complete collection for women as part of our first full line of apparel,” says Bantle. “For both men and women, our Fall 2014 Apparel Collection offers a truly a comprehensive set of tools for climbers and skiers in alpine terrain.”
Included in Black Diamond’s Fall 2014 Apparel line is the debut of a complete collection of technical hardshells. Black Diamond’s first waterproof/breathable styles, including the Front Point Shell and Sharp End Shell, feature GORE-TEX® fabrics with embedded Cohæsvie™ cord management technology. Cohæsive is a patent-pending cord management system that embeds and bonds 3D hardware components directly into the garments’ fabric.
Also for men and women, Black Diamond will introduce its first collection of technical down insulation. Fusing the benefits of natural and synthetic insulations, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend remains warm when wet, and is extremely durable both in construction and weather resistance. Black Diamond’s Hot Forge and Cold Forge Parkas, Hoodys and Jackets are uniquely suited to cold and variable conditions.
“Black Diamond relocated to Utah so our employees would be in the heart of one of the most accessible alpine mountain playgrounds in America,” says Black Diamond CEO Peter Metcalf. “We use the insights gained here to design and engineer new and truly innovative products that take performance, safety and comfort to the next level. For Fall 2014, this ‘Use.Design.Engineer.Build.Repeat.’ culture has delivered mind-blowing new products, from JetForce Technology, to our new line of hand-made, super-light Carbon skis to our complete line of technical mountain apparel for men and women.”
Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall 2014 collection will be on display at booth #7027 at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 22-25.Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit BlackDiamondEquipment.com