Gear News- the new 2013 alpine clothing range from Black Diamond.

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CGR takes a preview at the specialized Alpine Range of clothing from the legendary US company Black Diamond

We first noticed that Black Diamond had moved on from just providing t-shirts as clothing during 2012 when they introduced a dedicated rock climbing trousers, shorts, hoodies and jackets. That trend continues with the introduction of specialised alpine clothing, CGR takes a preview at what’s on offer:


Dawn Patrol—our Schoeller collection—is built around two core technologies delivering a myriad of benefits. Schoeller stretch-woven fabric is highly durable and optimally breathable. Great stretch and recovery allow for a slim, efficient fit without restriction. NanoSphere® Technology is the industry’s best-performing and longest-lasting solution for repelling water, dirt, and oil. NanoSphere keeps you dry and comfortable in the field and your product clean and like new season after season.

Dawn Patrol™ Hybrid Shell

In situations where demanding terrain and wide-ranging weather predominate, movement matters. Our Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell delivers a superior combination of active and protective benefits without weight, restriction, or compromise.


Fabric: Schoeller® StretchWoven nylon (190 g/m2, 95% nylon,5% elastane) with NanoSphere® Technology

Dawn Patrol™ Hybrid Bib

We recommend the Dawn Patrol Hybrid Bib for anyone whose demands require both full coverage and full features. The addition of stretch panels gives these bibs the freedom of a regular pant with the improved protection of a shell in mixed conditions.

BD Dawn_Patrol_Hybrid_Bib

Fabric: Schoeller® StretchWoven nylon (190 g/m2, 95% nylon, 5% elastane) with a body-mapped three-layer waterproof laminate (143 g/m2, 71% nylon, 4% elastane, polyurethane laminate with tricot backer) with NanoSphere® Technology.

Dawn Patrol™ LT Shell

We often require a softshell of stealthy performance and proportions. The Dawn Patrol LT Shell is a study in simplicity and minimalism—without compromise. Its clean, streamlined silhouette carries all the features you need and nothing you don’t.


Fabric: Schoeller® StretchWoven nylon (190 g/m2, 95% nylon, 5% elastane) with NanoSphere® Technology.

Dawn Patrol™ Touring Pant

Traverse great distances in variable conditions with sizable elevation changes at speed, while staying warm and dry: this is the new Dawn Patrol Touring Pant.

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Fabric: Schoeller® StretchWoven nylon (260 g/m2, 91% nylon, 9% elastane) with brushed back and NanoSphere® Technology.


Access Series gives you the ability to wear an insulator and move. Core warmth is delivered by PrimaLoft One® insulation technology—hybridized with Schoeller® stretch panels that are treated with NanoSphere® Technology.

Access Hybrid Hoody

The Access Hybrid Hoody’s mixed approach to materials incorporates the durability of ripstop and the agility of stretch panels. It insulates on ice and on rock and is built for movement and warmth.

BD access_hoody

Fabric: Nylon shell (20D 40 g/m2 Pertex® nylon ripstop with DWR) with PrimaLoft® insulation (60 g/m2 PrimaLoft One®) and Schoeller® StretchWoven nylon side panels with NanoSphere® Technology (260 g/m2, 91% nylon, 9%


CoEfficient Series enhanced breathability in a low-profile form. Our most efficient midlayer— another textile development unique to Black Diamond, this fabric was optimized for warmth, breathability, and dry time. Fine-tuned to our specifications, this High Efficiency® Power Dry® fabric has enhanced durability and is the ideal lightweight technical fleece. Perfect for layering under our shell collection.

CoEfficient Hoody

With this one we addressed three critical needs—warmth, breathability, and fast dry times. The CoEfficient Hoody delivers it all with great stretch, maneuverability, and durability as well.

BD CoEfficient_hoody

Fabric: Polartec® Power Dry® High Efficiency® fleece (200 g/m2, 88% polyester, 12% elastane).

We are currently awaiting test samples but in the meantime you can check out stockists from the Black Diamond Website.

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