“Climbers might have Ultralight and Offset Camalots these days, but Black Diamond hasn’t upgraded the original C4 in over a decade. Or at least, it hadn’t. The new Black Diamond Camalot C4 is now lighter and more convenient than ever before. This generation is 10% lighter than the previous, and while the Ultralights weigh 17% lighter than last decade’s C4, this new generation didn’t forgo the strength that Ultralights did. The shape, camming angle, and placement ranges are all the same as the original Camalot—because if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it—Black Diamond simply removed as much weight as possible without inhibiting strength.”— BC
“The Raven Pro Ice Axe is the lightest, full-service piolet available, period. It has a super clean and simple design for the high-end user who refuses to sacrifice performance for less weight. The sleek and ergonomic head provides a sure grip and all-day comfort—this also makes for a fast, smooth hand rotation when going into self-arrest. Boot-axe belays are a snap too. The classically curved adze blasts ice, chops steps, and clears snow quickly and easily. Not just for the climber, the Raven Pro is a ski/snowboard-mountaineer’s dream as well. At 11 ounces, you may think you forgot to bring it with you.” — BC
“It’s hard to listen to your friends teaching you how to gym climb when your feet feel scrunched worse than a ballerina’s. Black Diamond’s Momentum Climbing Shoe balances comfort with performance so you can learn how to climb comfortably. Most climbing shoes opt for leather or synthetic leather uppers to keep durable throughout your rocky adventures. Black Diamond, on the other hand, made this shoe’s upper out of a unique knit that enhances breathability without hindering overall durability. This enhanced breathability also decreases the foul smells that standard leather climbing shoes excrete in your car, closet, or wherever you store your climbing shoes. Since this isn’t a leather or synthetic leather climbing shoe, the Momentum shouldn’t stretch as much as usual climbing shoes, and if this is your first pair of climbing shoes, you might want to consider getting this pair in your street shoe size even though your friends are telling you to size down. The NeoFriction rubber sole is also unique in that it’s molded—as opposed to the usual cutting from one sheet of rubber—to the shoe in order to increase longevity and ensure traction on greasy, plastic footholds.” —BC
“The Black Diamond Enforcer Glove is the top-shelf ice climbing glove from the top-shelf ice climbing glove manufacturer. In other words, the Enforcer is the bee’s knees. Weather protection is taken care of by an impenetrable combination of Gore Tex XCR insert and 170g PrimaLoft synthetic insulation. The extra-long gauntlet cinches tight to keep snow and drafts out. To keep your hands from taking a beating against the ice, Black Diamond included EVA foam inserts at the knuckles, and to make sure the Enforcer is around season after season, the palm is goat leather held together with Kevlar® stitching.” — BC
“You don’t mind all the foreign tourists mispronouncing Yosemite while you’re bouldering. It’s not like you could pronounce where they’re from, and if it really bothers you headphones can keep you focused on the boulder. That crummy heel hook keeps popping off, and although you’d like to blame the Black Diamond Women’s Valley Short from holding you back, the stretchy fabric lets you reach that hook with unimpeded mobility.” — BC
“Black Diamond designed the Men’s Deploy Wind Shell Jacket to be the lightest shell around for emergency wind protection while climbing or trekking in the alpine. Its exclusive fabric is a remarkable 5 denier ripstop from Japan, and it features the world’s first YKK Super Lightweight zipper for a total weight of around an ounce and a half. Black Diamond treated the Deploy with DWR for durable weather resistance. The jacket packs into its own pocket to fit in chalk bags and other pockets.” — BC
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