Black Diamond’s roots in alpinism have finally made it to their ski line, and the Helio 76 is a winner. The designers set out to make a mountaineering ski that made no compromises on the descent. Utilizing the same DNA found in the rest of the Helio serie..
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 not the slimmest ski in the Helio lineup. 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 the line that make hard s..
Built for flat-out speed in the most challenging environments, the Black Diamond Helio 110 binding has been stripped down to the essentials for minimized weight with zero fuss. The geometry of the toe piece has been shaped to allow for incredibly smooth, ..
The Black Diamond Helio 145 is a rock-solid race binding that can be somewhat tailored to your size and aggressiveness. The binding is offered in three release-value settings and has three riser-heights to match your intended usage. Your choice of one of ..
Black Diamond’s line of Helio bindings is exciting and the 180 represents an impressive amount of innovation and versatility, all while staying below the 200g benchmark. First, choose your release value: 6, 8, or 10. Next, feel how simple it is to enter a..
Purists may try to avoid using ski crampons and rely instead of skinning technique or boot-packing, but there are times when ski crampons are the most efficient travel option. Maybe you’d rather avoid wallowing through breakable crust. Maybe you don’t wan..
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 ..
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..
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..
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 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..
Owning a piece of gear that says Black Diamond is mandatory for acceptance to the celestial “ski-ngdom.” Have a skier that you love enough to buy them a hat? Looking for a quick gift for yourself (let’s face it, you’ve earned it)? Interested in a trendy w..
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. The latest iteration features a totally removeable Whippet head, allowing you to adapt to the chan..
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The benefits of skiing with a Whippet are undeniable and when you need it, it’s irreplaceable. When you don’t need it, it feels a bit like running with scissors. Sometimes you don’t know if you’ll need it until you get there. Is this going to be a high-sp..
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 ..
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..
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 ..