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Here at Black Diamond it's all about climbing and skiing. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push us to make the best gear possible for our worldwide family of climbers and skiers.

What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has now grown into a global company with offices on three continents. Black Diamond is a company that's not just for rock climbers and skiers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standard in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It's also a product of the fact that each of us are climbers and skiers ourselves.

We're a company of users. It's who we are. We're the greatest dreamers about what could be, and the harshest of critics about what exists. Because of this, the creation of Black Diamond is a process that will never end. The company today is more committed than ever, thanks to the many people here in the U.S. and at Black Diamond Europe whose limitless energy and hands-on involvement have created a promising future for all climbers and skiers worldwide.

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2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.


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Latest Reviews

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Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey

Black Diamond Camalot C4

Martin McKenna was a fan of the previous version of the Camalot, so how does he rate the recent updates?

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson
Women's crag clothing BD montage  © Miriam Dobson

Black Diamond Crag Clothes for Women

From the tough, stretchy Forged Denim Pants to a light softshell jacket, Kate Dean puts a selection of Black Diamond's women's rock clothes through their paces.

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot)...

Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear
Sport Climbing Harness review  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Sport Climbing Harnesses

For a dedicated sport climbing harness you will want something light, comfortable and fairly simple. In this group test...

Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear
Women's down jackets thumbnail  © UKC Gear

Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean?...


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BD Athlete Babsi Zangerl in the Vision Down Parka  © Andy Earl

Black Diamond Apparel: 3 jackets, 3 technologies

It's a big, cold world out there, and Black Diamond has got you covered. Through the same commitment to innovation and technology found in our shell-layers, BD delivers a comprehensive insulation collection built to withstand the rigors of life. I...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great opportunity...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl
Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl

Introducing BD Forged Denim - The next step in climbing denim's evolution

With features designed for climbing, and style for everything else, our sportswear...

Big C4  © Black Diamond
Big C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the new Camalot C4

Climbing protection has been a hallmark of BD innovation since the days of the original Hexentric® chocks that helped spawn...

Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl
Twisty Rope Not Sweet  © Andy Earl

QC LAB: Twisty Ropes - the How, Why and Risks

The dreaded twisty rope is the bane of every climber's existence. Not only is it super annoying to have a...

Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond
Honnold Spatula  © Black Diamond

Introducing the Latest Addition to the Alex Honnold Signature Series

"The process is never easy," explains BD Athlete Alex Honnold. "And sharing your vision...


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Black Diamond Vision Down Parka Competition  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Vision Down Parka

It might not be winter yet, but it will be faster than you think! Optimized with revolutionary Japanese LCP-reinforced fabric for serious, expedition-grade warmth from the Tokositna to the Torres, the Black Diamond Vision Down Parka is our warmest...

City of Rocks  © Andy Earl
City of Rocks  © Andy Earl

Competition WINNERS - Win a pair of Black Diamond Forged Denim

With features designed for climbing, and style for everything else, our sportswear bottoms are built to move. Featuring our new Forged Climbing Denim, which are literally changing the game of stretch climbing pants, that look as good as...

Half Dome action 4  © Black Diamond
Half Dome action 4  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet

BD helmets provide reliable protection for everything from fast-and-light alpine blitzes to month-long cragging road trips. As BD athletes keep pushing their climbing every day – we see it as our take to provide tools that help them stay...

Zone combined  © Black Diamond
Zone combined  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Pair of Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoes

Having successfully launched the Momentum shoe last year, there was no resting on their laurels for...

Competition WINNER - Win the new BD Reactor Ice Tool

BD Athlete Will Gadd has been putting Black Diamond gear to the test for over 20 years. He was an early proponent of...

Momentum Montage  © Black Diamond
Momentum Montage  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Pair of Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Shoes

Five years. That's roughly how long the designers at BD have been working to create a unique...

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Hot Forge Heated Chalk Bag!

Drawing on Black Diamond's 60 years of heritage and product innovation - from the first curved,...

Vector Square  © Black Diamond
Vector Square  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 2 Black Diamond Vector Helmets

Depot Black Diamond Competition  © Black Diamond
Depot Black Diamond Competition  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNERS - Win a Black Diamond Zone Harness + Free Entry to Depot Climbing Wall

Black Diamond First Light Hoody Competition  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond First Light Hoody Competition  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond First Light Hoody

Having fun at yesnaby  © Nicolas Altmaier
Having fun at yesnaby  © Nicolas Altmaier

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