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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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Vision MIPS in Glen Clova  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to offer increased protection to the brain from rotational forces. Martin McKenna looks at the Black Diamond Vision MIPS, one of the first climbing helmets to use this system.   


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Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the b...

Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer
Going light in the North Pennines with the Distance Tent and Z-Poles  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy bag or a small tarp, yet it offers a lot more weather protection than either. Toby Archer asks: what's the catch?

Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood
Airnet harness montage  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond airNET Harness

At £150 this isn't a cheap option, says Rob Greenwood, but within the category of extremely lightweight, high performance sport harnesses the airNET sits proudly at the top in terms of lightness, durability and features. For an ultralight harness, it's also...

Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear
Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Street Creek Pack

The Street Creek is a well-made and cool-looking day pack aimed at urban wall-goers. It's just a shame that a higher volume...

Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Review  © UKC Gear

Black Diamond Session Approach Shoe

With its funky flip-down heel and soft sock-like fit, the Session is a comfy and convenient slip on/slip off shoe for...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey
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...


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Raven Action 1  © Black Diamond

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 mountaineer's piolet that has been used on classic climbs the world over for decades.

Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl
Putting the new BD Crack Gloves to the test  © Andy Earl

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, or jamming your soft paws in to the depths of Ramshaw, Black Diamond have got a glove for you.

Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond
Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond

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 Zangerl, the Camalot Z4 is the realization of a dream: to have a single-stem cam that stays rigid in-hand, but flexes once placed....

BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond
BD Vision 3x2  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP...

airNET Harness  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our...

Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Approach Shoes  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Approach Shoes

For Spring/Summer 2020 Black Diamond have introduced a range of Approach Shoes that cover all bases. Whether you're...

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond
#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing...


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Walking out from Rocher Fin   © UKC Gear

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 pack, perfectly suited for early morning missions to the gym, and late-night bike rides home from work.

airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond
airNET Harness Competition  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNER - Win a Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our patented airNET Technology—an ultra-breathable fabric for high-end performance sport climbing that distributes loads evenly across...

Vision Helmet  © Black Diamond
Vision Helmet  © Black Diamond

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

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP foam, an EPS foam puck, and a ABS shell, which keeps the dings and dents at bay, while remaining incredibly lightweight...

Black Diamond Session Competition  © UKC Gear
Black Diamond Session Competition  © UKC Gear

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

Engineered to send in style, the Black Diamond Session combines ultimate comfort with...

Black Diamond Vision Down Parka Competition  © Black Diamond
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...

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...

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...

Zone combined  © Black Diamond
Zone combined  © Black Diamond

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

Competition WINNER - Win the new BD Reactor Ice Tool

Momentum Montage  © Black Diamond
Momentum Montage  © Black Diamond

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

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


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