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Black Diamond Carbon Convert

Black Diamond Carbon Convert

If you ask me, Black Diamond has been victimized, to an extent, by the very same perfect powder that makes Utah skiing so famous. Skis tuned to perform in that incomparable (more)

Black Diamond Speed 22

Black Diamond Speed 22

The Speed is back—sort of. In its original, 2005 edition, Black Diamond's Speed backpack was a masterpiece of light-is-right design. The original, 30-liter Speed backpack (more)

The Vipec’s Viability

The Vipec's Viability

In the immortal words of Lee Lau, NEVER TRUST A FIRST (more)

Black Diamond Twilight

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The water-resistant/breathable Twilight replaces Black Diamond's Winter Bivy as the lightest bivy sack in the Black Diamond collection. The major difference, aside from a (more)

Black Diamond Mission

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The big news with the climbing-oriented Mission 50 pack is that it employs Black Diamond's patent-pending 'reACTIV' suspension system. ReACTIV suspensions, and the more (more)

Black Diamond Justice

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Black Diamond's revised Justice is a highly-specialized ski. The fat-waisted eight-pound Justice is built specifically for powder-bomb touring—and not much else. New as of (more)

Black Diamond Warrant

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I'm going to coin a new term to try to capture the essence of Black Diamond's Warrant, part of the revamped 2012 Black Diamond ski lineup: let's call it 'de-specialized'. The (more)

Fritschi Eagle

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Fritschi's Eagle 10 and Eagle 12 (for maximum DIN setting) replace the Explore/Express bindings as the slightly-lighter alternative to Fritchi's hugely popular Freeride Pro (more)

The Vaporlock

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While I'm thinking about carabiners, let's take a quick look at Black Diamond's Vaporlock, which Black Diamond says is the world's lightest full-function "pear" locker. That (more)

Black Diamond Nitron

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How does Black Diamond's new Nitron screwgate compare to their Vaporlock carabiner? While they appear similar, there is at least one notable difference. But first, the (more)

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