Black Diamond Expands 2013 Ski Offerings


Black Diamond Factor Mx 130

Black Diamond has been busy revamping and expanding its ski offerings for 2013-14. The ski lineup includes 11 new skis in a range of shapes and layups, for girthy powder hounds to streamlined backcountry technicians. All have pre-preg construction and ABS sidewalls.

Plus, there are two new ski boots, the Factor Mx 130 (men's) and the Shiva Mx 110 (women's). BD says it merged the lateral stiffness found in high-end alpine boots with a walk mode and its own Mx Direct Connect swappable sole block technology to "set a new standard of versatility and performance for backcountry freeride ski boots." Both offer 40 degrees of touring motion ($769).

Last year, Black Diamond acquired Pieps, which will introduce the new DSP Pro avalanche transceiver for fall 2013. The DSP Pro is a three-antenna beacon that can mark up to four victims and has a range of 55-60 meters. It features Pieps’ DSP technology combined with a new case and improved user interface.

Over in ski packs, the Alias and Alias AvaLung have been redesigned, and the all-new Anthem and Anthem AvaLung packs make their debuts. Each pack has streamlined features, lightweight design, and super-durable Dyneema fabric for technical backcountry pursuits.

Alias above left ($169, $279 for AvaLung version); Anthem above right ($159, $269 for AvaLung version).

John DiCuollo showed us Black Diamond's new Alias Avalung pack at Outdoor Retailer this week:

Besides 20 new glove styles, there's even more to come from Black Diamond. Stay tuned for Black Diamond's forthcoming technical apparel line, led by Tim Bantle, former director of technical outerwear and equipment at Patagonia.

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Comments

whomeworry
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2,280 forum posts
January 26, 2013 at 7:09 a.m. (EST)

Alas no one makes a light weight tele boot that cranks but is comfortable enough to walk long approaches anymore.  And my thirty year old Scarpa double boots are just about at the end of their life.  Are THEY listening?

Ed

ratski
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2 forum posts
January 31, 2013 at 5:31 p.m. (EST)

My Scarpa NTN Pro comps are a lighter teleboot that cranks and doesn't have the duckbill which made it a pain in the rear to kick steps in snow, potentially trip over things and yet is as comfortable as my regular hiking boots.  Trouble is, you need to by NTN bindings then.  I got into NTN because I won a pair of bindings, the freerides.  They were pretty heavy for backcountry touring, but the new freedoms just rock.  They are much lighter and ski really well.  Every now and then I ski on my old tele gear and I must say, I feel the NTN outperforms it.

whomeworry
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2,280 forum posts
January 31, 2013 at 11:39 p.m. (EST)

ratski said:

My Scarpa NTN Pro comps are a lighter teleboot that cranks and doesn't have the duckbill which made it a pain in the rear to kick steps in snow, potentially trip over things and yet is as comfortable as my regular hiking boots.  Trouble is, you need to by NTN bindings then.  I got into NTN because I won a pair of bindings, the freerides.  They were pretty heavy for backcountry touring, but the new freedoms just rock.  They are much lighter and ski really well.  Every now and then I ski on my old tele gear and I must say, I feel the NTN outperforms it.

Duck bills and kick stepping are non-issues; I use crampons if too steep for skins.  I also think your use of the word lighter is a realtive term, akin to the Monty Python skit quipping: the Spam spam spam eggs with spam spam spam has less spam than the spam spam spam spam spam eggs and spam spam spam spam with a side of spam spamspamspam… 

When I said long approaches I mean miles on roads and trails, for example as in the eastern Sierras the roads often are closed off at the base of the mountains, down in Owens Valley, forcing you to schlep ten miles to reach snow.  The late season can be just as bad, requiring miles on rugged trails until you reach the snow.  Are you suggesting you can walk these miles in the Pro comps? IMO most of the modern ski footwear is too heavy and stiff for pedestrian movement.  Also the NTN binding and boot set up is heavy, relative to trad 3-pin, especially for multi day mixed mountaineering trips.

Ed

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