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What began with a backyard anvil and a hammer has grown into a global company with offices on three continents that's not just for rock climbers, but one that stands for the spirit of sports everyone lives, their values and goals, present and future. Since 1957, when Yvon Chouinard bought a hammer and anvil and started pounding out hand-forged pitons, Black Diamond´s innovative gear designs have set the standards in numerous areas such as climbing, skiing, and trekking.

With its full range of products, Black Diamond continues to excel in all areas of climbing, skiing, and the like. In response to a rebirth in ice climbing, carbon-fiber was incorporated into the shaft of an ice tool to create an ax that was light, responsive and shaped to fit a climber's grasp. Further refinements with carbon fiber have resulted in the creation of the Cobra Ice Tool. This tool is perfectly matched to the attitudes and needs of today's extreme ice climbs and mixed routes. Also introduced was the Turbo Express Ice Screw, the fastest, easiest-to-place ice protection on the market. To help climbers in the never-ending quest to redefine what's possible, Black Diamond built the HotWire, the world's first wire-gate carabiner. Stronger, lighter, and easier to clip, the HotWire proved that a seemingly basic design like a carabiner could be improved to meet the continuing demands of the sport. Black Diamond trekking poles can deal with all the crazy conditions you can find yourself in and stand up to any abuse you heap on them. Backcountry travelers encountering these conditions and desiring to improve their comfort, stability and security will find the locking Binary and “Zero Slip” FlickLock adjustment systems extremely dependable with on/off simplicity.

At Black Diamond, they've adopted both the EN and UIAA standards as the basis of their testing procedures to make sure that all of their products continue to meet all safety requirements outlined by these standards. The standardized harmonic European, or EN, standards are legal requirements that outline the safety requirements and test methods for most PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) climbing equipment. The modern UIAA standards are based on the existing EN standards, but they are not legal requirements and some of them have additional requirements above and beyond the EN standards. Certification to these standards means that the equipment meets the basic design and structural requirements of the standards, but does not guarantee that equipment is unbreakable in all conditions possibly encountered while climbing. A product bearing the CE mark signifies that the product has passed the testing requirements and that the manufacturer either has an adequate system for monitoring the quality of the final product or has an appropriate internal quality control system. This means that all Black Diamond technical climbing products, and specifically those products used to protect against falls (such as carabiners, Camalots™, Stoppers, etc.) must undergo rigorous testing on a continuous basis. What is the end result? Gear you can trust and gear you can depend on.

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Latest Black Diamond Reviews

Mercury Mitts

Mercury Mitts

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Love the split finger design and you can use it either way so it's not mandatory can be used like a regular mitt too. I find myself switching between the two configurations depending on my task or activity. Best part is there's nothing to change but your finger arrangement and you have more warmth or more dexterity. It's that's easy! They are also the warmest glove and keep me warm every single time, these gloves don't complain. Also very easy to put on an take off. Worth the price.

on February 27, 2017

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Mercury Mitts

Mercury Mitts

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

They fit well and were comfortable. They look good, too. But ultimately they weren't quite warm enough for me. The gauntlets also were not large enough to easily fit over the sleeves of my winter jacket. Maybe I'm particularly sensitive to cold, although I have never been diagnosed with Raynaud's. I found a discontinued 800-fill down mitt from a major competitor and now I'm happy.

from Montclair, NJ on May 19, 2016

Guide Glove

Guide Glove

  • Overall4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Comfort 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I had high hopes for these gloves but they are disappointing. I bought them for downhill skiing at Breckenridge where it always seems to be exceedingly cold. Perhaps its me but these are not the warmest gloves ever. The two days I used them the temps where in the teens and my hands were cold, even after stuffing a warmer between the inner glove and the shell. The good - well made and nice fit, the gauntlet extends well above the wrist. The bad - pretty stiff and hard to hold ski poles, no loop to keep gloves on wrists when you need to take them off for a second.

from Denver, CO on January 14, 2016

Guide Glove

Guide Glove

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

I've owned 5 pairs of BD gloves, and a size large has always fit me well. They are all of great quality, but I've always come back to the brand. Black Diamond has made a serious mistake in releasing the latest version of this glove. I've ordered both a large and an extra large, and neither fit. I'll be looking for gloves from a different maker from now on. I would strongly recommend not ordering this product.

from Belmont, CA on January 13, 2016

Mercury Mitts

Mercury Mitts

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 3Rated 3 stars3Rated 3 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I finally got to try these out today, snowblowing in 24 degrees, and they did keep my hands warm. (I'm waiting for a day that's much colder to really test them.) My fingers do get cold easily, and these so far do the trick. So with regard to warmth, I give them 5 stars. As for fit, be careful, as they seem to run quite small. Before buying, I went to the Black Diamond website for a sizing chart, and if I had followed it I would have bought a Small. Instead, I bought a Medium -- and it was very tight. I since exchanged it for a Large, and it is a much better fit for me, albeit a little *too* large. They're fine, though. There are complaints about the separator for one's index finger. It is a nuisance, I agree, but you do not need to put your index finger into it. You can just keep four fingers together, separate from your thumb. I would use the separator in cases where I need extra dexterity, but don't count on these do give you much in that department. Thus I gave 3 stars for "comfort." As you can see from the picture, the cuffs go pretty far up above the wrist, and that's good. I guess, then, "style" rates a 5. I'm very pleased with these mittens. I suffered long enough with ones that were inadequate.

from Saratoga, NY on December 29, 2015

Mercury Mitts

Mercury Mitts

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

These mitts are exactly what I've been looking for. Because of peripheral neuropathy, my hands have been extremely sensitive to the cold. They kept my fingers warm while I wa cleaning away the record snows in very cold conditions here in New England. The mitts have a soft thick liner that truly envelopes the hand, The only negative aspect has been that finding the hole for the thumb is not easy. I consider that to be extremely minor. If warmth is what you want, I highly recommend these.

from Boston MA on March 13, 2015

Mercury Mitts

Mercury Mitts

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

I have been looking for warm gear to cover my hands in winter for a long time! I have worn gloves that were supposed to be warm but they failed me! So I decided that it was time to go to the mitts! These are highly rated for a reason. They are warm, comfortable and fit over my Arctyrex Fission SV sleeves perfectly. The mitt has a separate space if you choose to use it for your index finger as well. You won't have the same dexterity in these as you would gloves, ie. cannot even zip my jacket until they loosened up a bit. But for warmth - these are primo! I would highly recommend them. The fit is true to size. I always wear size L in a glove and the L fit me fine in these.

from Chicago on January 31, 2015

Cosmo

Cosmo

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Style 1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars

This was a huge waste of money! It does not allow you to see even half as far as the box states; I was basically unable to see things until I was practically on top of them. Mine died after about 2 weeks. We found out that it is unable to make contact with the batteries - it needs a washer on each side of the battery in order to function (what a pain when you need to change batteries)! There is no padding on the plastic base where it touches your forehead, and the plastic is slightly sharp. Not comfortable at all! Do not waste your money on this terrible product! Actually, a different brand that costs half as much at elsewhere provides much more light on the lowest setting than this one does on the brightest!

from Eugene, OR on February 09, 2011

Cosmo

Cosmo

  • Overall5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Excellent Headlight - Easy adjustments, great lighting choices, use for home repairs, auto work, hiking, camping and gold mining!

from New York, NY on January 11, 2009

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