As the lightest and skinniest member of the Helio family, the 88 is the fastest to the top and the quickest to turn. It’s the ideal choice for long-distance or high-altitude winter tours, plus spring mountaineering season. It shares the Sidewall Dampening..
The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive ..
The 105 is the fattest ski in the Helio lineup (except for one that is too fat). With the ample waist, it’s obviously more of a powder hound than the 88 and 95. That said, the ski has the same construction and dampening system found on the other skis in t..
Black Diamond skins are coming around to the light side. The “UltraLight” construction is 20% lighter and more packable than previous iterations. In addition, BD renovated the tip attachments into a simple Dynex™ cord and pipe that is light, secure, and f..
The GlideLite mix skins are 65/35 blend of mohair and nylon. They are lighter, faster, and more packable than the equivalent Ascension skins. The glue is BD Gold Label, a secret formula that arguably works too well. GlideLite skins are held to your skis w..
The GlideLite Mix skins from Black Diamond are for skiers who want the most reliable glue in a more manageable form than the Ascensions. The skins are lighter, have better glide, and are more packable than the nylons. Made with 65% mohair, the mix offers ..
Now you can get your ol’ reliables by the meter centimeter. Customize your skins with your favorite tip and tail, or attach the STS tip & tails for an inexpensive version of the Black Diamond kits. The BD Ascension nylon skins can take a beating and a..
BD skins have some of the best attachment systems around. They are simple and stand the test of time. Find replacement parts or build a new skin using the tools below.
Ultralite Tip Kit - BD's new ultralight bar and rope system that affixes to skin tip..
Trim your skins and open your letters with the same tool!..
Glop Stopper is the most popular climbing skin wax on the market. It temporarily improves the glide of your skins while adding a waterproof barrier to help prevent snow from sticking. Rub some on your skins before heading out for tours on sunny days. Keep..
A water-based solution to the water-based problem of glop. When you skin between wet and dry snow, it’s like building a snowman on the bottom of your skis. A heavy snowman that has a lot of drag. Sponge some BD Free Glide onto your skins to help prevent t..
In the battle for lightweight head protection, Black Diamond has moved a-head with the Vapor helmet. With a head-turning weight of 199 grams (7.0 ounces) [M/L], the Vapor can already be seen atop the heads of many skimo racers. It’s packed in the back wit..
Guides and serious backcountry skiers demand the most out of avalanche rescue gear. The Pieps DSP Pro is an example of a product that sets high standards for safety and is one of the first recommended by these power users. A large search radius, ample bat..
The Micro Beacon is the smallest and lightest way to get past gear check at a skimo race. For the 2016/17 season and beyond, the ISMF is requiring three antennas in all avalanche transceivers. This is good news because folks may no longer make a big safet..
The Black Diamond AvaLung has been proven to extend lives of buried avalanche victims. The system redirects your exhales away from your mouth so the nearby snow won’t ice up into a suffocating wall. That means more air from the snowpack is available to yo..
The original Wasatch dawn-patrollers wanted a lightweight, packable harness that would handle ski belays and rappels while pioneering today’s popular couloirs. They made it in to work at Black Diamond and designed the original Couloir Harness to perfectly..
Weighing 25% less than classic Camalots, the Black Diamond Ultralights are the best cams for light ‘n fast technical ascents. Use them for protection while climbing and as an emergency anchor on the descent. The lobes have been exquisitely machined to sav..
Light as Heli-o-um! Yet somehow stronger than your average carbon pole. The Black Diamond Helio Poles are inflation-molded into single, streamlined poling machines. The “grip” is simply part of the molded design, obviating the need for weighty or complex ..
The Vapor Carbon 1 is a simple, strong pole that has an extended grip for choking up on skin tracks. Made with 100% carbon fiber, the pole is ultralight and stiff which makes it great for racing and efficient touring. The poles have adjustable hand straps..
We are forever indebted to Andrew McLean, designer of the Whippet. With dozens (hundreds?) of known uses, the iconic pole is a staple of ski mountaineering. Once you get over the mental hurdle of skiing with a sword in your hand, you begin to discover the..
A better name for this product would be 3-Piece Whippet. Sure the lower two sections are made of carbon fiber, but that just serves to save some grams, allowing for an extra segment without much change in overall weight. The pole still has as many uses as..
Whether you like some powder or lots of powder, Black Diamond makes the right size basket for you. If you cut off your straps and later regret it, maybe you can find replacements here. Various BD ski pole widgets are listed below.
Powder Baskets – Two ..
When you finally learned to not run with scissors, your mother probably thought she had finished her job and never imagined you'd be skiing with an ice axe in your hand. Do yourself and your mother a favor by keeping this on your axe when not in use. This..
Made with ultralight Dynex (Dyneema) fabric, the Black Diamond Cirque 30 is a workhorse pack for bigger daily missions. Although less voluminous than the 35, it has enough usable space and extensions to handle just about anything, including the Grand Trav..
Turns out big packs don’t have to be heavy. Black Diamond solved the age-old problem by weaving Dynex (Dyneema) into the Cirque 35 pack. The ultralight material is not weak, since it’s the same life-saving material in many of BD’s quickdraws. The new back..
The Black Diamond Cirque packs are plenty spacious, especially given their efficient sack-like design. However sometimes you just need that little extra bit to tack on. Add the Cirque Lid and the problem is solved. This ultralight SilNylon triangle weave ..
Not so great for arc welding, these gloves are more about arcing turns. The Black Diamond Arc is a durable and dexterous solution for ventures when you are doing as much climbing as skiing. A great all around glove for anyone who tends to wear gloves out ..
Capable of withstanding a nuclear bomb, the plague, or even some motivated ski edges, the Black Diamond Ski Strap is a simple invention with thousands of uses. For example, with the forked tongue, they fit perfectly over many instep buckles in the case yo..