Black Diamond Equipment introduces four new collections for men and women for the Fall 2015 season. To support the seasonal theme of backcountry ski life at retail, and target appropriate user groups, the collections are: Freeride, Ski Mountaineering, Touring and Alpinism.
Niclas Bornling, vice president of marketing at Black Diamond Equipment, said: “At Black Diamond, we believe our gear can be a catalyst for the global family of backcountry skiers, from tram laps on the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix to multi-week expeditions in Alaska. It’s this dedication that will continue to fuel our approach to creating Black Diamond gear: using, designing, engineering and building equipment and apparel for those who live to ski.”
For Fall ‘15, Black Diamond will offer its second season of ski packs featuring JetForce Technology, the first avalanche airbag system to use electronically controlled jet-fan inflation. Designed from the ground up to improve ease of use and performance over traditional compressed-gas-cylinder systems, JetForce Technology complements Black Diamond’s existing collection of shovels, probes, snow saws and PIEPS avalanche transceivers. Additionally, Black Diamond will introduce the new AvaLung Element, a removable AvaLung unit designed to be compatible with its new line of Dawn Patrol ski packs.
The Freeride Collection for Fall ‘15 will feature ski apparel, equipment and snow safety tools designed for riding the tram on a storm day or using the lift to slingshot into the sidecountry. The collection will include new GORE-TEX shells/pants and hybrid ski jackets/pants that combine the protection of WINDSTOPPER with strategically zoned panels of Schoeller stretch-woven fabric.
All of Black Diamond’s GORE-TEX freeride ski pants will be outfitted with the PIEPS Pocket, a patent-pending solution designed to protect and hold all beacon shapes and sizes. Anchored to an integrated webbing waist belt, the PIEPS Pocket provides an innovative and quick-access alternative to the traditional chest harness that eliminates issues of comfort and access associated with layering garments and backpack straps over the beacon.
In the ski category, the new Boundary series, offered in 100/107/115mm widths, feature rocker, traditional-camber and are extremely playful, versatile, stable and damp in a variety of conditions.
“Our new freeride ski apparel collection is the result of a multi-year, intensive design and development process,” states Tara Latham, Black Diamond apparel design manager. “With the addition of this designated ski line in Fall ‘15, Black Diamond will offer a complete collection of apparel for both men and women for all the sports we serve.”
The Ski Mountaineering Collection embodies the pinnacle of Black Diamond apparel and equipment. Guarded by athletic approaches and technical terrain, ski mountaineering descents require the tools and techniques of climbing, alpinism and skiing. The Fall ‘15 product array showcases alpine shells, bibs, pants and fleece from trusted industry partners GORE-TEX, Schoeller and Polartec.
Black Diamond’s Touring Collection includes snow safety essentials, versatile apparel layers and skis engineered to be light on the climb and fun on the descent. Fall ‘15 highlights include the new Dawn Patrol series ski packs and compatible/removable AvaLung Element. Additionally from the ski category, Black Diamond will introduce the Link series, offered in 90/95/105mm widths. The Link series features versatile, lightweight designs with a softer flex pattern that’s ideal for backcountry touring.
Finally, Black Diamond’s Alpinism Collection includes products that feature clean, streamlined designs stripped of excess and intended for efficient movement on rock, snow and ice. The Alpinism Collection embodies the true mountain roots of the brand. Product includes the completely redesigned Viper ice tool, featuring a hydroformed aluminum shaft from a single piece of aluminum for a lighter feel, superior swing and better handling.
It also includes an adjustable FlickLock pommel making it Black Diamond’s all-around tool for mountain terrain. Complimenting the Viper, and also new for Fall ‘15, the Snaggletooth crampon combines the precision of a monopoint with the stability and versatility of horizontal frontpoints.
Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall ‘15 collections will be on display at booth #B5 208 at the ISPO tradeshow in Munich, Germany, from February 5 – 8, 2015.