A company that needs no introduction in these parts. Folks have been relying on BD products since Yvon Chouinard started forging pitons in the late 50s. The engineers recently released a full line of carbon skis to accompany their essential ski mountaineering products such as the Whippet pole.
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..
Tuckerman Ravine sits on the eastern side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington and is home to some of New England's most iconic ski lines, from the infamous Headwall to the perennial favorite Hillman's Highway. It's also a glacially-carved cirque -- a remn..
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..
Some days, when the snow report is talking about feet instead of inches and it just won't stop nuking, you've got to be brave, put the lycra and 65mm skis away, and shred some pow. On days like that, if you have to go fat, go fat. With a waist clocking in..
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..
The Helio 200 LT is the slimmer little brother that the Helio 200 has been hoping and asking for all these years. By ditching the adjustment plate, keeping the smooth Monolink 1.0 toe wings, and retaining the ability to independently adjust vertical and l..
Smooth! The Black Diamond Helio 200 is feature-packed, fully capable, and fully awesome. It pairs well with everything from skinny skis and race-boots to big skis and four-buckle boots. If you want your ski binding to do a little bit of everything, then t..
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..
If you ski a lot, chances are pretty good that you have more boots than you have feet. These Black Diamond Helio Adjustment Plates are the perfect way to ensure maximum “swap-ability” between your skis, boots, and bindings. The plates are thin to keep a l..
Kevlar cores and aluminum wire-carabiners are all the rage when it comes to ski leashes. The Black Diamond Helio leashes have joined the party. If you have night-visions of your skis jetting down a mountain into the abyss, you should join too. Coiled Kevl..
Many modern race bindings are shipping à la carte style, meaning the bindings come bare-bones and accessories are optional. Everything you need, nothing you don’t, all up to your discretion to make those calls. Indeed, the Black Diamond Helio 110 and 145 ..
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.
**Please Note: As of Fall 2020, Black Diamond's new skins no longer use the "STS" at..
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..
Ski mountaineering compounds the risks of typical backcountry travel. With the potential for falling rock and ice, steep terrain, and all sorts of rope shenanigans, keeping yourself safe involves finding a great helmet. Protect your head from the unexpect..
Lightweight backcountry ski gear has been a revelation to many skiers, but new technologies in the school of fast-and-light have mostly stuck to the three main categories: skis, boots, and bindings. Recently, however, we've seen a surge in innovation in o..
The Vision helmet from Black Diamond is a no-nonsense, durable helmet that you'll find yourself using for dawn patrols and once-a-season missions without hesitation. Full of simple and clean features, like the buckled chin strap and the low-profile headla..
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..
Magnets, how do they work? Without getting into a materials engineering lecture, this lightweight auto-locker gives you a triple action mechanism that is quick and easy to use. With a simple squeeze of the gate the carabiner opens smoothly and effortlessl..
Black Diamond held no punches when cutting weight for their LiteForge Screwgate Carabiner-- they even removed the unnecessary letters in 'light'. Do you know how serious you have to be about 'light is right' to change the spelling of a word? It's been spe..
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 carbon and glass fibers, the pole is ultralight and stiff which makes it great for racing and efficient touring. The poles have adjustable hand ..
At Skimo Co we're pretty conscientious about things that are light, so the construction of the Vapor Carbon 2 Pole was a real head turner around here. Designed specifically for ski-mountaineering and backcountry skiers, these weight-conscious poles are so..
A good piece of gear should just fade into the motions of the day, working well for its designed task and not complicating things. With the Razor Carbon Pro ski pole from Black Diamond, you're going to forget that you even have a pole in your hand-- just ..
The new Whippet-less Whippet! It is often said that the best pieces of gear are the ones that can disappear while using them. That doesn’t mean you should be chucking your poles off ridges and peaks in the hopes that they’ll work better. The statement rea..
The Carbon Whippet is the high-tech big brother of the iconic Whippet. If you enjoy steep skiing and haven’t tried a Whippet yet, then you are missing out. If you have tried a Whippet, then you know handy they are in just about every situation. This itera..
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..
The trekking poles of yesteryear were pretty much glorified alpine ski poles, with no adjustability, shock absorption, or extra features. With the recentinnovation in the world of trekking and fastpacking, however, the paradigm has flipped and now ski pol..
Perhaps you are one of the brave souls who undertook the noble calling of parenthood. Or maybe you just have a friend or sibling who has a litter of their own. Either way, it's a widely known fact that every time you look away from a child between the age..
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're pushing the limit in your own back yard, exploring a new mountain range, or simply want to be prepared for the unexpected, the Black Diamond Alpine Whippet Attachment has you covered. Using BD's ClickLock Dial, this head attaches to your Wh..
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..
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 adventures where you are doing as much climbing as skiing. A great all around glove for anyone who tends to wear gloves o..
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..