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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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OTS Trade Show Reports

For the first time since the pandemic UKC and UKH have attended an actual, real life trade show, OTS in Liverpool. Here are the highlights of what we saw. 


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Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Black Diamond Mission XP and Technician Leather Approach Shoes

The Mission XP and Technician Leather are light approach shoes with sticky soles which are precise for climbing. While they lack the wet ground grip and overall support you might want for UK scrambles and mountain crag approaches, in their elem...

Mountain Shells Around £200

Can you pick up a decent shell for only around £200? We think so! While top-end technical waterproof jackets cost big money, less specialist alternatives are available for lots less. In terms of quality and functionality, our benchmark budget is a bit of a...

Black Diamond Distance Z and Distance Carbon Z Poles

We look at two permutations of a classic folding trekking pole design, from Black Diamond's extensive range.

Black Diamond Onsight 375 headtorch

Though aimed at rock climbing, the Onsight 375 is equally good for other uses, says Dan Bailey. It won't win the lumens...

Men's Climbing Trousers

Climbing trousers - everyone wears them, but they're often a bit of an after-thought: do you turn up to the crag or the wall in...

Black Diamond Zone Harness

It might have been designed primarily for sport, but as a comfy and versatile all-rounder this is a harness we've struggled to...

One Person Tents and Hooped Bivvys

From minimalist backpacking and mountaineering, to quick overnights in the hills closer to home, solo shelters save a...


Latest News

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New Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

In our final roundup of new gear for Autumn/Winter 2021, we take a look at an eclectic mix of headtorches, footwear, packs, and sleeping mats:

New Climbing Gear Autumn / Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops this Autumn/Winter. We've taken a look at everything from the latest harnesses and helmets, to new rock shoes and cool cams. Take a peak:

New Climbing Gear Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently...

New Footwear Spring / Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products...

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

Our modern take on Chouinard's original curved-pick mountain axe, the Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe is a classic...

Black Diamond Ice Series + Crack Gloves

Whether you're freezing your mitts off on a cold belay in a snowstorm, working your tan in Indian Creek,...

Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi...


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Competition Win a Black Diamond Speed 40L

Our tried-and-true on-route alpine pack, proven everywhere from the Canadian Rockies to the Fitz Roy massif, the Black Diamond Speed is designed for lightweight performance on rock, snow and ice objectives the world over.

Competition WINNER - Win a Pair of Men's or Women's Technician Leather Approach Shoes

Engineered for precision, the Black Diamond Technician Leather is built for durability and comfort, with super sticky rubber for technical approaches. Here's your chance to win a pair...

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Spot 400-R Headlamp

The Spot 400-R is ideal for those who expect all-around performance and features out of their headlamp but still value a small size and compact package.

Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ poles

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon FLZ is our premium pole for fully adjustable,...

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Zone Harness

Designed for the lightweight sport climbing redpoint, ice route or alpine mission, the Black Diamond...

Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Black Diamond Prime approach shoes

Black Diamond are giving you the chance to win a pair of men's or women's Prime approach...

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Street Creek 24 pack

By combining haulbag durability with urban functionality, the Street Creek 24 is your go-to commuter...

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond airNET Harness

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Vision Helmet with MIPS Technology

Competition WINNER - Win a Pair of Black Diamond Session Approach Shoes

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond Vision Down Parka


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