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Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars Collapsible, sturdy trekking poles. Have owned for about four years. Have always opted to backpack with poles, mainly because I like the support.  Also double as setup for my tent if I don't have the option to sink pins. I like the way they fold up for pack-ability. Seem fairly lightweight, though I haven't used any others for comparison. Hand grips are comfortable, no issues after a long day. The length is slightly adjustable depending on your height. The locking features are also strong, yet… Full review

Trail Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a sturdy trekking pole that does not slip. I've had these trekking poles for a few years and they do what they are supposed to do. I purchased these to replace a set of poles that had the plastic flicklock locking system. The earlier poles had begun to slip when I came down hard on them. I looked at these and they have the Black Diamond Flicklock Pro locking system. This is a metal locking system which really tightens the poles so that they just do not slip. Coming down a mountain they'll… Full review

Icon Polar

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Been using the 200 lumens edition. Great balance between battery life and brightness. Headlamp is best for usage in cold weather—even during the spring and fall. Unless one is needing a floodlamp to light up the whole woods, this will do for most every backpacker. I've been using the 200 lumens edition. I got it originally because I was tired of all other types of lights being either dim and having a low battery life or bright with no battery life. I would highly recommend this headlamp. The separate… Full review

Cold Forge Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great cold weather layer. For those that have read my reviews, know that I won't review unless I have had the product for more than a year.  With that said, I used this jacket under a Gortex shell as my mid-winter guiding jacket pretty much all of last winter down to -25°C. There were times when I had to remove the shell because I got too warm.  I also never managed to snag it or rip the outer material. Luck? I like the long length for covering my kidneys and the high collar for tucking my chin… Full review


rated 4.5 of 5 stars Spot 2017—new and improved! I've owned past models of the Spot—the 130-lumen model (2014-ish) and then the 2016 model—lumens bumped to 200 and waterproofness bumped to IPX8 and have been very satisfied with them. Good all around lamps for a decent price point. This spring during an extended night travel stretch, I couldn't help but notice my buddy's lamp was putting out more light. I asked what he was using. "Black Diamond Spot", well that's odd as that's what I'm using. Unbeknownst to me,… Full review

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Black Diamond was founded December 1, 1989, when a group of former Chouinard Equipment Ltd employees bought the bankrupt company's assets. In 2010, Black Diamond became a publicly traded company. In 2012, Black Diamond acquired POC Sports and Pieps.

Black Diamond Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Congratulations, Kevin, Our Black Diamond Gear Winner
Congratulations to Kevin Calendris, an LA rock climber and our winner of a backpack, trekking poles, and lighting prize package from Black Diamond worth $575 for reviewing his gear. Read more
July 10

Final Days: Review Your Gear to Win Black Diamond Gear
On Monday, July 10, we're giving $575 worth of Black Diamond outdoor gear to one of our members. Review your own gear, apparel, or footwear by Sunday and it could be yours. Read more
July 5

Win $575 Worth of Black Diamond Equipment
Someone is getting all of this Black Diamond equipment. Write a review of your own gear and this backpack, trekking poles, headlamp, lantern, and trucker hat ($575 total value) could be yours. Read more
June 28

Review Your Gear, Win $575 of Black Diamond Gear
Want $575 worth of Black Diamond outdoor equipment for your next trip? Review your gear and a new backpack, trekking poles, headlamp, and lantern could be all yours. Read more
June 21

Win Black Diamond Gear by Reviewing your Gear
We're giving away a backpack, trekking poles, headlamp, and lantern from Black Diamond to one lucky member. Review your gear and be entered to win ($575 value). Read more
June 9

Lighten Up: Illumination is Outdoor Essential #4
Illumination is #4 on the 10 Essentials list. We talked to experts from Black Diamond, Ledlenser, and Petzl to learn more about headlamp technology and what to consider when selecting your backcountry illumination. Read more
October 3, 2016


Black Diamond Equipment
2084 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

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