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Avalanche Burial With A Black Diamond Avalung

Black Diamond Fall 2012 Part 2: New FlickLock Pro, Ski Packs

New Black Diamond Flicklock Pro for Fall 2012. Yesterday, I showed you some of the new gear Black Diamond has in store for next season (known as Fall 2012 in retail lingo), so today I figured I’d share some of the changes BD will be making to their extremely popular Flicklock poles and ski packs. [...]

Black Diamond Fall 2012 Part 1: New Skis, Boots, Skins

Black Diamond Fall 2012 FreeTour Series Skis. From left to right – Carbon Megawatt, Carbon Justice, Drift, Starlet and Revert. When Black Diamond started selling their own ski and boot line a few years ago, the common mantra was that it was “All About The Down”. Well, it seems as though the tides are changing [...]

Maximizing Walk-Mode ROM of the Black Diamond Quadrant

I don’t know if it is because here in the Tetons we often have a lot of flat-ish terrain to cover before we really start skinning uphill, but I’ve really become a fan of a large range of motion in the cuffs of my AT boots. I often ski wearing Dynafit TLT5 Performance boots, which [...]

Lighter Helmets and More Fun With Magnets From BD

You’d have too live on the moon if you missed the big news about the Black Diamond Magnetron carabiner on the interwebs about a month ago. It’s due to be released next spring and being hyped as revolutionary as far as design and function go. There weren’t any samples to play with at my BD [...]

Whippet Pole Strap Modification

A big thanks and shout-out to Alex Doaga, who sent us this Whippet modification. (Note: This modification will most likely void the warranty.) It’s that time of year again when Black Diamond Whippet poles can really come in handy. Whether it’s sketchy skinning on a firm and steep slope, or skiing a gnarly line, a [...]

Frozen Whippet

Maybe I should have oriented the whippet so the pick was at the bottom and not near my face. Then again…maybe not. I know this has happened to you at least once. After a number of ski days in a row last week without warming up or drying out my gear, I arrived at the [...]

Randosteve's Backpack: Black Diamond Alias AvaLung

Tune in tomorrow for what’s IN my pack.

Black Diamond 2011 Ski Line

Black Diamond ski testing at Snowbird in December. Not only is Black Diamond now the title sponsor (along with Subaru, click here to read more) of the Freeskiing World Tour, it is stepping up it’s Power Series ski line-up for Fall of 2011 to meet the needs of hardcore skiers as well. With traditional sandwich [...]

Transitioning Between AT Ski Setups

I know many of you out there probably have quite the quiver of rando skis and maybe a few pairs of boots. I know I do. They range from a 5 lb/foot (ski, boot, binding) old-school Dynafit race setup, to a more than 10 lb Black Diamond/Dynafit hybrid. I ski on both setups quite often [...]

Dial-In Your Skin Tip Taper

Check out this Black Diamond Tech Tip for tapering your climbing skins. A steeper angle on your skin-tips can reduce problems in certain conditions. To be completely honest, though I usually don’t have any problems with climbing skins, I’ve been hosed in the backcountry once or twice in regards to the curling on the tips [...]

Ski Here Now!

Hey Folks! Waiting for the winds to die down here in Franz Joseph, New Zealand, so we can fly into the Centennial Hut. Looks like some fine days in the forecast through the middle of the weeks. So, once we are there, we should have a good start to our adventure. Check out this new [...]

Kitty's First Catalog Shot

Congrats to Randokitty for getting her first Black Diamond catalog shot! (S10 Lighting and Trekking…inside cover.) I can’t believe she beat me to it. Sorry…my scanner is not very good. My only saving grace is that it wasn’t one of the ski catalogs…or else I’d never live it down. For the record, my favorite BD [...]

Remove The Hose From Your Black Diamond AvaLung Pack

DISCLAIMER: PERFORM THESE MODIFICATIONS AT YOUR OWN RISK. There is no doubt that I’m a big fan of using Black Diamond AvaLung backpacks for skiing. Hey, why not stack the odds in your favor when it comes to avalanche safety…right? With that being said though, in the springtime when avalanches are potentially a lot less [...]

A Closer Look at the Black Diamond Quadrant and Prime

Black Diamond Quadrant and Prime Efficient Series Boots. Over the last few months, I have been spending quite a bit of time skiing and touring on next year’s Black Diamond Efficient Series ski boots. I have been on the 4-buckle Quadrants since November, and more recently I got my hands on some 3-buckle Primes about [...]

New 2010 Black Diamond Efficient Skis and Boots

Randosteve skis on the 2010 Black Diamond Efficiency skis and boots in Antarctica. Photo: Sam Bass. I think it’s pretty interesting when I post pictures of skiing in Antarctica under clear skies and above the big blue ocean…and half the comments are about the equipment I’m using. Well, that was the case about two months [...]

Black Diamond Split Skins…Two Thumbs Up!

Leave your mark in the snow with Black Diamond Split Skins. I’ve got about 20-25 days on the new Black Diamond Split Skins so far and I’m not sure why anyone would use other types of skins for their ultra-fat skis anymore. For those not up to speed, BD introduced the Split Skin this season. [...]

Antarctica/Aconcagua Gear List: Sunglasses, Water Purification, Backpack, Sleeping Bag, and Down Booties

T-minus 9 days until I leave for over 6 weeks on this epic adventure to ski on the Antarctic Peninsula and Aconcagua, one of the seven summits. And for sure…I’m felling the pressure. I’ve had these Julbo Explorer glacier glasses for about three years, waiting for the right opportunity to bust them out. Well, it’s [...]

Installing New Black Diamond Adjustable Skin-Tip Loops

Well, I’ve been slowly getting my quiver ready for this up coming ski season, cutting skins, mounting bindings and waxing skis (hey…nothing like an early start). And I’ve got to say, I’m very impressed with the new climbing skin tips from Black Diamond. Though they take a bit more time to install than the basic [...]

Outdoor Retailer Prestoke: New S10 Black Diamond Products

Today is the first day of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and if you’re a Black Diamond sales representative for the Rockies, it can be pretty challenging…if not impossible, to meet with all your accounts and show them the line in between the unending amount of socializing, posturing, partying and down right full schedule at [...]