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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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MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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Bought the small since it did not specified if it was women, men or unisex sizes. I am a woman who wears small all around and have regular hands. The thumb is a little short, the rest is perfect. I like the gloves so I will give them a try.

on November 01, 2018

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HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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

These gloves do better if you are doing something active outdoors in the cold. The leather palm is sturdy and the touch screen feature works. The cuff of the glove is big enough to fit over my Apple Watch without being too tight. I'm thinking about getting a second pair!

from Noblesville, IN on March 18, 2018

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LightWeight ScreenTap Gloves

LightWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

For perfectly and great for running in the cold.

from NYC on May 10, 2017

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MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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

Soft and cozy! I purchased for next winter to replace a pair that have my fingers have begun peeking through. This pair is probably not going to be warm enough below 25 degrees, but will certainly be perfect for driving, walking the dog and having enough mobility to pick things up easily without being too bulky. Very happy I ordered these in advance for next winter.

from NJ on April 11, 2017

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HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

  • Overall2Rated 2 stars2Rated 2 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars

Of all the gloves I've bought and tried on this season I wanted to like these the best. They're by far the most accurate when using my phone, with all five fingers compatible for touch. The leather palm has good grip while still looking not overly technical. They're very thin and flexible, which leads to their downfall. They just aren't warm enough. I felt most cold where the leather palm was. I suppose I should have gotten the hint from them being called "liners" but what's the point of capacitive material if you're just going to layer another glove on top? It would have to be so warm for these to make a difference that I wouldn't wear gloves at all.

from Boston on January 29, 2017

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HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

  • Overall1Rated 1 stars1Rated 1 stars
  • Comfort 5Rated 5 stars5Rated 5 stars
  • Style 4Rated 4 stars4Rated 4 stars

I bought these because the description actually listed the temp range in which they should be worn (25°F to 40°F). Unfortunately, these gloves are useless. I wore them multiple times in 30 and 40 degrees C and my hands were frigid. In fact, my hands were warmer in my old fingerless gloves than in these. I kept hoping this was just a fluke, but after two weeks of very cold hands, I will be returning these. Also, the outside material is very slippery, so gripping anything is out of the question. There are pros to these gloves – they are thin and your hands remain dexterous in them. They look very nice. The fabric is soft, and the phone touchscreen feature works very well. They are just very bad at keeping your hands warm.

from NH, New England on January 24, 2017

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LightWeight ScreenTap Gloves

LightWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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

Bought these to pair with Black Diamond Guide Gloves that I bought last year. Found the Guide Gloves to lose their warmth on really cold days after a couple hours of skiing so thought these might help. Also, wanted to have the ability to use phone on the slopes without getting down to bare hands.

on January 15, 2017

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HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

HeavyWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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

Bought these for Christmas as a replacement for a similar Black Diamond pair that husband had finally worn out. He LOVES these!! Says much improved warmth due to thicker leather on palm as well as warmer material on back of hand. Easy to drive in, text in, but warm enough for shoveling snow. As always, crazy fast delivery from Zappos - it's a win/win!! "Highly Recommend!", says the hubby. Thank YOU, Zappos!!!

from Frozen Tundra Midwest on January 01, 2017

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MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

MidWeight ScreenTap Gloves

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

I got these primarily to keep my hands warm while I walk the dog. They're really comfortable and are plain--a good thing. Was going to get the North Face ones but they had the logo stitched in white prominently on the back of the hand. These also work with my iPhone while wearing them.

from Atlanta, GA on November 29, 2016

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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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