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Here at Black Diamond it's all about climbing and skiing. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push us to make the best gear possible for our worldwide family of climbers and skiers.

What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has now grown into a global company with offices on three continents. Black Diamond is a company that's not just for rock climbers and skiers, but one that stands for the spirit of the sports we live, their values and goals, past, present and future. Since 1957, our innovative gear designs have set the standard in numerous areas. This is partly the result of dedication, desire and diligence on the part of an incredible team of people. It's also a product of the fact that each of us are climbers and skiers ourselves.

We're a company of users. It's who we are. We're the greatest dreamers about what could be, and the harshest of critics about what exists. Because of this, the creation of Black Diamond is a process that will never end. The company today is more committed than ever, thanks to the many people here in the U.S. and at Black Diamond Europe whose limitless energy and hands-on involvement have created a promising future for all climbers and skiers worldwide.

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Women's Midweight Down Jackets

Ten women's down jackets from leading brands go head-to-head in this comprehensive group test. What does 'midweight' even mean? And by that definition, which models stand out? All will be revealed...


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Latest Reviews

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Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.

Alpine Start montage  © Toby Archer
Alpine Start montage  © Toby Archer

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody & Alpine Light Pants

From winter walking and climbing to spring cragging and via ferrata, Toby Archer tests a lightweight softshell combo from Black Diamond

The Iota in use descending off a climb on the Shelterstone  © Martin McKenna
The Iota in use descending off a climb on the Shelterstone  © Martin McKenna

Black Diamond Iota Headtorch

Weighing only 56g, yet maxing out at 150 lumens, the Iota's impressive power:weight ratio makes it a great backup torch. But it also has everyday uses, says Hugh Simons.

Walking poles montage  © Dan Bailey
Walking poles montage  © Dan Bailey

Lightweight Compact Trekking Poles

In search of a pole that's as small and light as possible for carrying in a climbing pack or holiday hold baggage, we...

Synthetic jackets group test montage  © UKC Gear
Synthetic jackets group test montage  © UKC Gear

Midweight Synthetic Insulated Jackets

Balancing lightness, warmth, weather resistance & breathability, a midweight synthetic jacket is the most versatile of...

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gift guide montage  © UKC Gear

Christmas Gift Guide: Goodies for £40 and Under

Christmas is nearly here, and as usual we've left present buying til the last minute. From seasonal staples...

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packs group test montage  © UKC Gear

35-45 Litre Packs

For all-round climbing, mountaineering and hillwalking, 35-45 litres is a versatile size of pack. From alpine and winter-oriented models to...


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ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really...

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Clothing  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Clothing

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourful and exciting new products and in this roundup you can see some of the best products in the clothing category:

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourful and exciting new products and in this roundup you can see some of the best products in the rock shoes and footwear category:

ISPO 2018 - Top 10 Products  © UKC Gear
ISPO 2018 - Top 10 Products  © UKC Gear

ISPO 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

At ISPO 2018 the world's leading outdoor brands showed off their new stuff. We'll be bringing you updates on the latest...

OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 Montage  © UKC

OutDoor 2017 - Mountain Clothing and Footwear

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Friedrichshafen that is OutDoor. Here are some...

ISPO - Mountain Clothing  © UKC
ISPO - Mountain Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2017 - What's New? Mountain Clothing Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich that is ISPO. Here are some video...

ISPO 2015  © UKC Gear
ISPO 2015  © UKC Gear

What's New? ISPO 2015: Clothing Report

A couple of weeks ago UKC/H were out in Germany at the huge tradeshow of ISPO in Munich. We dropped in to as many outdoor brands...


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Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Competition  © Black Diamond

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 5 Black Diamond Spot Headlamps

The new and improved Black Diamond Spot Headlamp now features 200 lumens of power in a waterproof package. Featuring PowerTap Technology, easy on-the-fly brightness adjustments are literally at the tip of your fingers. With a handy lock mode, the ...

Black Diamond Competition  © Black Diamond
Black Diamond Competition  © Black Diamond

Winner Win Black Diamond Bouldering Equipment

From a recent 8b boulder ascent to her project with the local kids in South Africa, our Black Diamond ambassadors, Kaddi Lehman is fully committed to climbing. We are giving you the chance to win the equipment she is using from her most demanding...


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