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Black Diamond Squall

rated 4 of 5 stars Good for $400, but some improvements should be made. My Squall works for 5 years. A rain and wind-resistance I would rate for - 5°, snow proof…
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Black Diamond Gizmo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super dependable light. Small, lightweight, and long battery life. Yes, there are brighter headlamps on the market, but for lightweight backpacking…
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Black Diamond Mini Pearabiner

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great all-around carabiner. I really like this carabiner. I used it only for belaying because is not that big or small, so I can use every kind…
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Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Bright enough for night hiking. Could use some padding against the forehead. REI recently put this on sale, and I snagged one because my old…
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Black Diamond Access Hybrid Hoody

rated 5 of 5 stars An insulated jacket with a good amount of breathability and stretch for cold weather climbing. After years of discomfort while cold weather…
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Black Diamond Trail Back

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These hiking poles are a great bargain for any hiker on a budget. I ended up getting these for $55 and I'm very happy with my purchase. These…
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Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Four years old and still going strong. I have had a pair of these poles for four years now and as I get farther away from 50 I use them more…
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Black Diamond Sabretooth Pro

rated 4 of 5 stars Not a slip-on crampon. Once I figured out how to properly mount these on my boots they work great. Size up the crampons to your boot, lock it…
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Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski…
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Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent poles. Lightweight and strong. An excellent pair of trekking poles. Very lightweight. Easy to deploy. Without question the Ultra Mountain…
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Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z

rated 5 of 5 stars Indispensable, durable, lightweight trail tool for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Possibly my favorite piece of gear. Hard pressed…
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Black Diamond Trail Back

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to adjust height and lock in place. I have used these poles over the past six years on both hikes and on backpacking trips. They have gotten…
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Black Diamond Skylight

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Retiring it after three years. Can't keep out rain. Leaks like a sieve in steady rain. Condensation builds up in bad weather when you close…
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Black Diamond Camo Spot

rated 5 of 5 stars Well this is most perfect head lamp I have used so far. Small, easy to use, good for climbing, caves, trekking. Four-season use, any time of…
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Black Diamond Speed 30

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I bought this pack a year and a half ago, and it has served me well through daily hiking and camping use, canoe trips, and multi-pitch climbing.
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Black Diamond ReVolt

rated 5 of 5 stars A solid, well-built performer that eliminates adding batteries to your shopping list. I've had my ReVolt for about three years and after relatively…
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Black Diamond Spot

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Spot 2016 is an improvement. I am not a headlamp gear freak, but it was time for an upgrade. The 2016 version performed very well while cooking…
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Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really, really like 'em! Never used trekking poles before I planned my first backpacking trip with some friends. These guys are "pros" and my…
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Black Diamond Guide Finger Glove

rated 5 of 5 stars Warm, durable, useful, washable. Heck, what more do you want. I won't write a review unless I have had a product for a least a year. After four…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 5 of 5 stars A great balance of weight, brightness, and burn time. BD seems to make a headlamp for everyone's taste and requirements. I'm very impressed…
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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Range of motion is excellent as are the size adjustment features. Storage is excellent considering range of motion. Jacket repels water like…
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Black Diamond Deployment Hoody

rated 5 of 5 stars The mid-weight Deployment Hoody is not a layer that I would wear while I trail run, but I love to hike and bike in it during cooler temps. Made…
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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

rated 5 of 5 stars Saved my knees... saved my life. Won't leave home without them. I have been a fan of hiking poles for a long time. Because I have horrible arch…
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Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars A simple, lightweight set of folding aluminum trekking poles great for dayhiking, backpacking, and trail running. Highly recommended! I've been…
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Black Diamond Alpine FLZ

rated 4 of 5 stars Excellent poles. I use them for day hikes and they work very well. They are fairly light, built well, and fold down much smaller than telescoping…
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Black Diamond Spot

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent product. Best in terms of price/performance ratio. Good for camping. I highly recommend this headlamp Excellent product. Best in terms…
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Black Diamond Spot

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lasted over five continuous hours outside at -25°F during my most extreme test. Adjustable brightness white light, but doesn't remember the…
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Black Diamond Megamid

rated 5 of 5 stars Simply an outstanding shelter. Perfection. First purchased around 1986. Never owned a "tent" until going well above tree-line in snow for mountaineering.
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Black Diamond Icon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great, rugged light. Lasts for 100's of hours on high-med diffuse beam using rechargeable batteries (longer on lithiums of course). I've had…
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Black Diamond Ultra Mountain FL

rated 5 of 5 stars Folds down very compact, very adjustable, has a tension adjuster that some of the others do not. Carbide tips. I have owned other brands and…
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Black Diamond Raven with Grip

rated 5 of 5 stars If you have ever wondered if you need an ice axe, the answer is yes and this is probably the one you need. When your mountaineering requires…
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Black Diamond Ahwahnee Ground Cloth

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A nice, light, durable ground cloth. Sadly, I am too good at leaving these hanging to dry when I head down the road on my bike. :P Not much…
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Black Diamond Lockdown Leash

rated 3 of 5 stars Works, but not terribly comfortable. Instructions are useless. To be fair, this leash works OK and I've had no problems with it. But to be more…
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Black Diamond Half Dome

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light, comfortable, good value. Great light and packable helmet for general climbing, I like this helmet for its simplicity and functionality.
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A durable, little lantern that can add sufficient light to a tent or campsite. Good for car campers, kids, and those of us hikers who don't…
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Black Diamond Spotlight Bivy

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, not factory sealed seams BUT comes with seam seal. I'm a big guy and side sleep so its a tad small in that my knees press up on…
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Black Diamond Oz

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Oz carabiner is a small carabiner that can be used in sport, trad, and alpine climbing. It's lightweight but has a decent gate opening making…
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Black Diamond Neve

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. I've owned a couple of pairs of touring crampons for ordinary hiking boots. These are…
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Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

rated 4 of 5 stars A nice balance of breathability, wind resistance and precip resistance — more durable than your average windshirt (but heavier too). This…
photo: Black Diamond Men's Alpine Start Hoody
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Black Diamond Spire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Literally saved my life, but that's not why they're getting 4.5 stars. *Not the lightest can actually be a "Pro" as well as a "Con," as those…
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Black Diamond Sprinter

rated 5 of 5 stars Throws out lots of light. Comfortable and stable while running. I wanted a headlamp that would throw enough light and not bounce around while…
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Black Diamond Gizmo

rated 4 of 5 stars Very lightweight and affordable. If you like the K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple stupid), this is a great pick for a headlamp. This time of…
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great little backpacking light. Small but powerful. My initial impressions upon taking the lantern out of the box was "IT'S SO TINY". I almost…
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Black Diamond Compactor Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars Love the trekking poles. I use to hike a lot, but with aging my pace has really slowed down. These poles are so much better than using a cane…
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Black Diamond Syncline

rated 4 of 5 stars Perfectly fine — cheap, light, strong, simple. I own / used both of Black Diamond's (orange) Syncline and (red) Trail Back for ultra-lightweight…
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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib

rated 5 of 5 stars The only large style soft shell bibs, these are a great for all aerobic winter activities. The Dawn Patrol bibs are a really great option for…
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Black Diamond Syncline

rated 5 of 5 stars These are lightweight, strong trekking poles that won't collapse regardless of how much weight is put on them. The straps and handgrips are…
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Black Diamond Raven

rated 4.5 of 5 stars How much can you say about an ice axe? This is not the lightest axe or strongest axe, but it's the best general mountaineering axe on the market.
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Black Diamond Ultra Distance

rated 4 of 5 stars Very, very, very light — and compact poles. Require bit more care. The last three years I have used and abused three section Leki poles once…
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Black Diamond ATC-Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Besides being quite lightweight, the ATC-Guide is a very nice evolution from the ATC. The ability to belay directly off of the anchors is so…
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Black Diamond Gizmo

rated 2 of 5 stars Hands down the poorest quality headlamp I have ever used. A flimsy, nearly paper-thin plastic housing makes this unit one battery change away…
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 5 of 5 stars Bright and compact! I love this little light. Worked great on a canoe trip: hang it from the center tent roof, perfect lighting with ability…
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Black Diamond HiLight

rated 5 of 5 stars I was in a rainstorm from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. (7 hrs). I expected to be wet and my gear soaked. On the contrary, I stayed dry during a 7-hr downpour…
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Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 3 of 5 stars Good lighting configuration. Switches on in your pack easily. Difficult to load batteries in low light (starlight or moonlight) and difficult…
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Black Diamond Voyager

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great features, low output, poor construction. This lantern has all the right ideas, but awkward execution and poor construction keep this lantern…
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Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is an inexpensive, yet reliable headlamp, that suits most needs for hiking, camping, and evening walks. It has a few quirks, but the basic…
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Black Diamond Soloist Finger Gloves

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good glove/mitt hybrid that is a great base for a waterproof winter glove layering system. Use: The Black Diamond Lobster is a cross between…
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Black Diamond Innova 50

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great pack! The ergo-ACTIV suspension is perfect for this hiker with an artificial hip and a limp!!! It lets me walk without the pack…
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Black Diamond Contour Elliptic Shock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Most comfortable, lightweight trekking poles I have ever used. No slippage whatsoever with their awesome locking mechanism. The hand straps…
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Black Diamond Venom Hammer Ice Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars When you need a second tool, but not necessarily a technical ice tool. "You know when it's good picket snow when you drive one in and you really…
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Black Diamond Compactor Poles

rated 5 of 5 stars Awesome product fo sho! When your trail is slippery, rocky, unstable or challenging in any way, bust out these poles for sure footing. Also,…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 4 of 5 stars The Black Diamond Storm headlamp is a waterproof, medium sized lamp that is loaded with features: High power, waterproof, dimmable, lockable,…
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Black Diamond Icon

rated 4 of 5 stars I have owned many headlamps. This one is my favorite. This is my primary. It is not as light or small as my Storm, but its output, battery life,…
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 3 of 5 stars This review is for the older 45 lumen Orbit model. The new models are rated at 60 lumen with a flashlight option. I'll be honest... this doesn't…
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Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars Got these at last year's summer REI Garage sale and they were never used. They have changed my hikes completely! Love these poles. They have…
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Black Diamond Speed 22

rated 4 of 5 stars Great daypack designed for carrying climbing gear. I purchased mine to be used as a summit pack on multi-day trips and on multi-pitch big walls.
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Black Diamond Syncline

rated 4 of 5 stars Surprisingly, these hold up well when used for climbing various routes up 14'ers. Mine have never failed and the quick flick-lock adjustment…
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Black Diamond Trail Shock

rated 5 of 5 stars Sturdy, lightweight hiking poles that utilize Black Diamond's FlickLock technology for securing the poles to whatever length you need for all…
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Black Diamond Voyager

rated 5 of 5 stars Great compact lamp. Very functional. Great purchase. Completely lights up our 8-person tent no problem. Also great to have preparing meals as…
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Black Diamond Icon

rated 5 of 5 stars The best uses are all around. I have been caving in Belize with it to night climbing and camping. I love mine and i have the old version and…
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Black Diamond Distance FL

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Your knees will thank you for this welcome addition to your hiking adventures! I had knee surgery almost two years ago, and since that time…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 4 of 5 stars Yup, this is the one I bought too. At first i was going to buy a Petzl Tikka 2. Then the girls in the store told me that they all had this…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 5 of 5 stars Very nice and bright light with a great deal of control over light output. The brightness and variety of functions this light has makes it well…
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Black Diamond Raven Pro

rated 5 of 5 stars This axe is strong, light and comes pretty sharp out of the box, though I did sharpen it more. For spring, winter or fall I take this thing…
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Black Diamond CoEfficient Vest

rated 5 of 5 stars The Black Diamond Coefficient Vest is a worthy addition to the gear list for anyone venturing out to cool or cold places. It serves well as…
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Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 5 of 5 stars My age betrays me. Before buying these poles I thought of trek poles as an experiment for me. I assumed that I would end up giving them to someone…
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Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork

rated 5 of 5 stars The Alpine Carbon trekking poles are light, strong, versatile and have very comfortable cork handles. Backpackers, climbers and hikers alike…
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Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best trekking poles I have had. I have had this set of trekking poles for four years now and have used them while hiking in all kinds of conditions…
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Black Diamond Firstlight

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Used this tent during a 4-day winter trip in the Sierras. Lightest weight 4-season tent by far. Held up to winds and snow. Internal poles make…
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Black Diamond Camo Spot

rated 4 of 5 stars Great value for options. Supposedly the brightest most powerful of Black Diamond's lamps. Lightweight and lots of options. Supposed to have…
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Black Diamond Convert Ski

rated 5 of 5 stars Go anywhere, do anything ski comfortable in the backcountry as well as on the groomers. A one quiver ski that is capable of taking you anywhere…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 4 of 5 stars A waterproof, lightweight headlamp that you can easily bring with you on any adventure. I presently live in a cabin off the grid with no consistent…
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Black Diamond Distance Z

rated 4 of 5 stars Compact and strong, these poles are great to take anywhere. However make sure they're the right size. I love this product because of how incredibly…
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Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner

rated 5 of 5 stars Caution: I DON'T CLIMB. So if you're looking for a review of this product based on its use as a climbing accessory, you won't find it here.
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Black Diamond Trail

rated 5 of 5 stars Great trekking poles for the price. Simple and easy to use. I bought these poles after looking at other trekking poles. These Trail poles are…
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Black Diamond Orbit

rated 4 of 5 stars Very innovative style, copied by others. Simply pull the top and bottom to extend and reveal the on/off dim switch. After several years of use…
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Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really excellent belaying parka. Warm, comfortable, packs down small, and doesn't weigh much at all. Great for very cold belaying at the crag…
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Black Diamond Storm

rated 4 of 5 stars Good spot distance, variable output, solid retail pricing. I cannot complain about this headlamp. It's comfortable, offers the selection of…
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Black Diamond Ultra Distance

rated 5 of 5 stars These lightweight poles have extended my hiking into an age where arthritis has wrecked my knees. Let me start by saying that Mike Gartman's…
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Black Diamond Mercury Mitt

rated 5 of 5 stars They are the best I have ever had, and I have bought a Lot of mittens and gloves on my quest to find the warmest. You do indeed get what you…
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Black Diamond Chalk Bag

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An easy to use chalk bag that has multiple ways to attach it to your belt loop or harness. When I started climbing this was the first chalk…
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Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are looking for an incredibly lightweight trekking pole with a very efficient and packable design, the Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon…
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Black Diamond Trail Shock

rated 5 of 5 stars Great poles, they look great and are easy to use. Bought these to replace my aging twist lock poles. The wrist straps are very comfortable as…
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Black Diamond Cosmo

rated 4 of 5 stars Brilliant little headlamp at a reasonable price. My old Petzl Tikka headlamp, being eleven years old, was wearing out. The headband was stretched…
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Black Diamond HotWire

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good, basic carabiner. I think of these as a lighter replacement for my old standard ovals or Ds, primarily for long slings. These have a…
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Black Diamond Posiwire Quickdraw

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy clipping and an extremely reliable draw. What more is there to say? The fact that draws have very minimal moving parts makes for a reliable…
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Black Diamond Momentum SA

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic, reasonably priced harness. I was able to spend the day climbing at an indoor gym today with four of my students (12 & 13year…
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Black Diamond Mercury 55

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is one of my favorite packs... super comfortable, and well-designed. The pivoting hip belt on the Mercury 55 is perfect and much better…
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Black Diamond Spot

rated 4 of 5 stars This headlamp is much brighter than your average cheap headlamp for only a few bucks more. It's very durable and reliable. This is a great little…
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Black Diamond Cyborg Pro

rated 4 of 5 stars BD Cyborg Pro - Light enough, versatile, easy to use, strong and functional. I've never had a problem with these and I use them every year on…
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