Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing and mountain sports equipment, introduces four product collections for men and women for the Fall 2015 season. To support the seasonal theme of backcountry ski life at retail and target appropriate user groups, apparel and equipment will be integrated in the following collections: Freeride, Ski Mountaineering, Tour and Alpinism.
“Backcountry skiing is a passion that shapes the bodies, minds and lives of an entire community,” explains Niclas Bornling, vice president of marketing at Black Diamond Equipment. “At Black Diamond, we believe our gear can be a catalyst for the global family of backcountry skiers, from tram laps on the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix to multi-week expeditions in Alaska. It’s this dedication that will continue to fuel our approach to creating Black Diamond gear: using, designing, engineering and building equipment and apparel for those who live to ski.”
Black Diamond’s commitment to backcountry safety and avalanche response has driven innovations in technology and the evolution of existing tools. For Fall ‘15, Black Diamond will offer its second season of ski packs featuring 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, snow saws and PIEPS avalanche transceivers. Additionally, Black Diamond will introduce the new AvaLung Element, a removable AvaLung unit designed to be compatible with its new line of Dawn Patrol ski packs.
“Every time you go into avalanche terrain, the tools you bring only help to stack the odds in your favor,” says Ryan Guess, ski category director 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."
The Freeride Collection for Fall ‘15 will feature ski apparel, equipment and snow safety tools designed for riding the tram on a storm day or using the lift to slingshot into the sidecountry. The collection will include new GORE-TEX® shells/pants and hybrid ski jackets/pants that combine the protection of WINDSTOPPER® with strategically zoned panels of Schoeller® stretch-woven fabric. All of Black Diamond’s GORE-TEX® freeride ski pants will be outfitted with the PIEPS Pocket™, a patent-pending solution designed to protect and hold all beacon shapes and sizes. Anchored to an integrated webbing waist belt, the PIEPS Pocket provides an innovative and quick-access alternative to the traditional chest harness that eliminates issues of comfort and access associated with layering garments and backpack straps over the beacon. In the ski category, the new Boundary series, offered in 100, 107, 115mm underfoot, feature rocker, traditional-camber and are extremely playful, versatile, stable and damp in a variety of conditions.
“Our new freeride ski apparel collection is the result of a multi-year, intensive design and development process,” states Tara Latham, Black Diamond apparel design manager. “With the addition of this designated ski line in Fall ‘15, Black Diamond will offer a complete collection of apparel for both men and women for all the sports we serve.”
Comprised of ultralight tools that employ Black Diamond’s most advanced technology, the Ski Mountaineering Collection embodies the pinnacle of Black Diamond apparel and equipment. Guarded by athletic approaches and technical terrain, ski mountaineering descents require the tools and techniques of climbing, alpinism and skiing. The Fall ‘15 product array showcases alpine shells, bibs, pants and fleece from trusted industry partners GORE-TEX, Schoeller® and Polartec®.
For days that are about the complete backcountry experience, Black Diamond’s Touring Collection includes snow safety essentials, versatile apparel layers and skis engineered to be light on the climb and fun on the descent. Fall ‘15 highlights include the new Dawn Patrol series ski packs and compatible/removable AvaLung Element. Additionally from the ski category, Black Diamond will introduce the Link series, offered in 90, 95, 105mm underfoot. The Link series features versatile, lightweight designs with a softer flex pattern that’s ideal for backcountry touring.
Finally, Black Diamond’s Alpinism Collection includes products that feature clean, streamlined designs stripped of excess and intended for efficient movement on rock, snow and ice. The Alpinism Collection embodies the true mountain roots of the brand. Product includes the completely redesigned Viper ice tool, featuring a hydroformed aluminum shaft from a single piece of aluminum for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling. It also includes an adjustable FlickLock® pommel making it Black Diamond’s all-around tool for mountain terrain. Complimenting the Viper, and also new for Fall ‘15, the Snaggletooth crampon combines the precision of a monopoint with the stability and versatility of horizontal frontpoints. “It’s the perfect crampon for technical alpine routes in the big mountains,” says Kolin Powick, Black Diamond’s category director for climbing equipment.
Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall ‘15 collections will be on display at booth #6009 at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, from January 21-24 and at booth #3350 at the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show in Denver, Colorado, from January 29-February 1.
“Our Fall ‘15 collection reaffirms our commitment to innovation in backcountry skiing and related mountain sports,” explains Tim Bantle, managing director of Black Diamond Equipment. “Our intimacy with these sports is reflected in the clean, functional design of the products we create. 2015 is no exception.”
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