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

Babsi and Hazel  © Andy Earl
©Andy Earl

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 they climb, our collection of bottoms blend durability and versatility with timeless style for crags and beyond. BD athlete Hazel Findlay has not only been involved in their development but also tried and tested them intensely on her recent trip to Yosemite Valley.

Redefining climbing denim one stem at a time.

BD Athlete Hazel Findlay says that Book of Hate (5.13d)—a blank, overhanging corner in Yosemite Valley—is "all in the legs."

"Probably the easiest 13d someone like me will ever find," says Hazel, since she self-admittedly loves a good stemming testpiece.

We figured that putting Hazel in a pair of our new Forged Denim stretch jeans on Book of Hate would stand as the ultimate test. Can they hold up to the endless "bridging," as Hazel says, on one of the world's hardest corner pitches?

The answer is yes. Hazel, as well as our other athletes have been making the rounds in the Forged Denim and have reported back that these jeans truly rock.

BD Athlete Nalle Hukkataival recently took a pair on a developing spree in the boulder fields of Tuzgle, Argentina, where he wore the denim while sending highballs at 14,000 feet.

"Love these new stretchy jeans!" says Nalle. "Never once felt restricted by them while climbing and the fabric is comfy and durable. Something you can wear from a day of climbing to the bar. What's not to like?"

The FORGED Ethos

BD's new Forged Denim uses an innovative combination of best-in-class materials with climbing specific features to create the world's best climbing denim, utilizing Black Diamond's exclusive BD.FORGED design protocol.

BD.FORGED is a way to create a true point of difference in every piece of apparel we make, for users that understand that their apparel IS an important part of their equipment. FOCUSED on climbing, OPTIMIZED to work seamlessly with BD harnesses and accessories, REGULATING temperature through its light strength-to-weight ratio, GEAR-CENTRIC as an essential piece of your arsenal to enhance performance, ENGINEERED fit and stretch to move with you to every degree, and most importantly DURABLE thanks to the Cordura™ fibers in the fabric.

Through this process, we've created denim that is both extremely durable, yet unbelievably light and stretchy, designed to work perfectly with your climbing gear.

Features for Climbing. Style for Everything Else.

Our slim, tapered V11 fit gives our denim a stylish yet highly functional cut, making the Forged Denim the ultimate climbing pant, and substantially different than any other denim available to climbers.

Fashionable lady crusher Daila Ojeda explains that not only do these jeans climb well, they look good too. "Comfortable, durable and practical," says Daila. "You can feel like a climber on the rocks and like a climber at the bar drinking a beer."

Be prepared to slip into a pair and never want to take them off … at least not for climbing.

Women's Forged Denim  © Black Diamond
Women's Forged Denim
© Black Diamond

Men's Forged Denim  © Black Diamond
Men's Forged Denim
© Black Diamond

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I never realised it was possible to write so much BS about a pair of stretch jeans.

7 Jun

£100 then yeah?

"Something you can wear from a day of climbing to the bar."

This is a worrying trend in outdoor clothing. With other things such as Alpkit's Woodsmoke shirt also advertising themselves on the same premise, I can forsee a time when all outdoor clothing will be designed not just for walking and climbing but also for other, more socially acceptable pursuits. How long is it going to be before someone designs a three-piece suit that you can wear whilst flashing an E4 before breakfast and then go straight to your high-powered office job?

We should resist such things, and argue the case in the opposite direction so that it becomes perfectly normal to dress in Ron Hills tracksters for your senior executive role in the City.

T.

Looks like Nalle and Daila are part of a hive mind desperate to find clothing that is perfect for a seamless climbing-piss up transition:

"Love these new stretchy jeans!" says Nalle. "Never once felt restricted by them while climbing and the fabric is comfy and durable. Something you can wear from a day of climbing to the bar. What's not to like?"

"Comfortable, durable and practical," says Daila. "You can feel like a climber on the rocks and like a climber at the bar drinking a beer."

This is what happens when you have unpaid internships

7 Jun
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