Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing and technical mountain sports equipment, and W. L. Gore & Associates (“Gore”), inventor of GORE-TEX ® high performance fabric technologies, announce their partnership for Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall 2014 apparel line.
“We are pleased that Black Diamond Equipment has selected Gore to be the central component of their
new Fall 2014 technical outerwear collection,” states Tom Boyle, strategic marketing at Gore. “Gore’s
scientific and rigorous product development aligns perfectly with Black Diamond’s. It’s exciting to work
with a company that continually aims to bring the most advanced technologies and fabrics to market,
which provide the ultimate in performance and style.”
Black Diamond’s Gore collection will be the cornerstone of the Fall 2014 line with distinct technical
outerwear features, including the debut of a new embedded, concealed technology, Cohæsive, in all
jackets featuring GORE-TEX® fabric. Cohæsive is a patent-pending cord management system that
embeds and bonds 3D hardware components directly into the garment’s fabric. With the Cohaesive
hardware right on the fabric surface, the athlete gains intuitive ease-of-use even with gloves on in
“Black Diamond’s athlete-employees live by the company ethos: Use. Design. Engineer. Build. Repeat.
We are dedicated to relentless innovation and integrity, designing and engineering equipment that
pushes limits and challenges conventions for our global community of users,” explains Tim Bantle,
Director of Apparel at Black Diamond Equipment. “Our partnership with Gore manifests this philosophy
and will empower our customers.”
The F14 Black Diamond apparel line for men and women includes collection-defining pieces featuring
Gore technology. The Front Point Shell, Bibs and Pants feature three-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric
engineered with added durability to withstand abrasion, while protecting against long-lasting extreme
and variable weather. GORE-TEX® Active products in the minimalist Sharp End series is the ideal
solution for highly aerobic, done-in-a-day alpine activities, even in bad weather. Black Diamond is also
introducing a combination of taped-seam construction in garments featuring both Gore WINDSTOPPER
® Active and WINDSTOPPER ® Soft Shell materials. With their taped seams, the Convergent Down
Hoody and Shell (featuring WINDSTOPPER® Active fabric) and the Induction Shell and Pants (featuring
WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric) create a new standard in breathability and weather resistance.
With its Fall 2014 apparel line featuring Gore technologies, Black Diamond addresses the needs of
alpinists the same way it has for 25 years with equipment: by designing intuitive, thoughtfully engineered
and beautifully executed products that climbers and skiers can trust.