How would you summarize the vision of the brand in a few words? How does the products represent this vision?
Founder Yvon Chouinard began by producing climbing equipment in the 1950s. He later gave birth to Patagonia, who took his own path and founded Black Diamond in 1989. A Utah-based company specializing in everything which relates to climbing and skiing. What started with an anvil and hammer in the back of a garage has grown into a global business with premises on three continents.
They ensure that they pass the most stringent Quality Control Lab tests to offer their specialized customers products that are resistant to difficult conditions. Their products are versatile and sober in their design. They are leaders in climbing harnesses, skis, bags, carabiners, ropes, etc.
Capsule info - What are lumens?
By definition, 1 lumen corresponds to the luminous flux emitted in a solid angle. A lumen is a photometric unit, just like the candela from which it is derived; it is based on the human perception of light using the spectral luminous efficiency function. In simple terms, lumens are a unit of measurement of the total amount of visible light (by the human eye) emitted by a light source. To project the same light force as a conventional 60W bulb, an LED lamp needs to be about 800 - 850 lumens.
What are the flagship product of the brand and why?
What really put Black Diamond on the map is their headlamps.
Cosmo REG 39.99$ CAD: 200 lumens Waterproof case; protected against immersion in water up to 1 m deep for 30 minutes (IPX 8). A red LED allows night vision in dimmer and blink setting; can be activated without going through the white mode.
Spot REG 49.99$ CAD: 300 lumens
The Black Diamond Spot now boasts impressive 300-lumen power, flexible lighting, and a fully waterproof construction. Seven different lighting modes, including red night vision, provide customized lighting that is fully adapted to the needs of each situation.
Storm REG 59.99$ CAD: 350 lumens hermetic housing that resists immersion up to 1 m deep for 30 minutes (IP67). The Black Diamond Storm now has three different color night modes. Redesigned, its new version design offers optimized peripheral lighting. The Storm also features the Intensity Memory feature that turns the lamp on and off at the desired intensity without returning to maximum power. Eight different lighting modes provide customized lighting.
ReVolt REG 69.99% CAD: 300 lumens Submersible material under specified conditions (prolonged immersion) beyond 1 m and for 30 minutes. The ReVolt is a powerful, versatile and rechargeable headlamp, which has been completely redeveloped this year to make it totally waterproof and therefore suitable for any night out. The three-level charge indicator avoids being surprised by used batteries. In addition to the included rechargeable batteries, the ReVolt can also be powered by standard AAA batteries.
Icon REG 99.99$ CAD: 500 lumens
Whether it's abseiling down a lane or running 80 km at night on a trail, the Icon headlamp offers unmatched light output of 500 lumens, making it our most powerful frontal. Waterproof up to 1 meter deep, it is more resistant to mishaps; its red, green and blue night vision modes increase versatility and improve night vision. Now equipped with a removable battery pack that easily fits into a pocket to extend battery performance and programmable intensity memory.
What are the novelties of this year?
The new Stormline line to protect from the rain. Designed to tackle the light rain in the mountains like urban showers, the StormLine Stretch Rain Shell is our most complete rain jacket. Featuring our BD.Dry ™ windproof / waterproof breathable solution, the StormLine provides reliable and complete protection when the weather is bad. With DWR-treated zip vents under the arms, two zippered handwarmer pockets and a waterproof main zipper, the StormLine is trimmed for the wettest conditions while being able to quickly adapt to slightly more favorable weather conditions. . Featuring underarm gussets and an ultra stretchy material, the StormLine offers better mobility and durability. The hood compatible with a climbing helmet can be used in mountaineering in case of unstable weather. The StormLine has a jacket hem and adjustable cuffs for a custom fit. When conditions improve, this jacket fits in the right pocket and clips easily to the harness or bag thanks to its loop for carabiners.
Fabrics: BD.dry™ 2.5L with DWR Finish: 100% Nylon
Climbing shoes are new at Black Diamond this year.
In order to develop their prototype climbing shoes, they partnered with Butora, a Korea-based company with extensive experience in the rubber industry and the development of specialized materials for climbing. This partnership allowed engineers to experiment and adjust comfort to the final product on the market.
The rubber used in Momentum and Aspect is molded for optimum consistency and performance. But there are differences to remember: the Momentum's 4.3mm rubber is designed to last, while the Aspect's 4.3mm rubber is specially designed for edging.
For more information, watch this video: https://youtu.be/WcPdONwRug0
How long is the warranty offered for? What does it cover?
The warranty covers equipment failures and manufacturing defects for a period of one year from the date of purchase. For skis and climbing equipment and for a period of three years for headlamps. A defective product or that fails under warranty is either repaired free or replaced.
Are excluded from the warranty products whose failures are due to normal wear and tear, neglect, neglect, improper maintenance, improper use, shock, deliberate maltreatment or the effect of an external element like the brilliancy caused by a stone, a rock, etc.
The first point of contact for the guarantee is the specialist shop in which you purchased the product.