We have introduced a few new products to our Black Diamond range this season. We have a few new and updated packs plus some new trail running accessories.
Speed Zip Packs
The Speed Zip packs have been in Black Diamonds range for a while now but this is the first year we have stocked them. Updated with the new BD Z-rip 210d Nylon fabric with UTS coating makes these packs very durable durable. The Speed Zips are available in two sizes 33 and 24. The Speed Zip 33 is an ideal Alpine Mountaineering pack that has all the features you’d expect from pack of this design. Two Ice tools attachment points, removable crampon straps, tuck away rope strap and helmet holder. There are two internal security pockets and one zippered top pocket. There is also a removable frame sheet and hip belt, so if needed you can strip the pack down to it’s bare minimum
The Speed Zip 24 is a stripped back version of the 33 and is ideal as a day pack or multi pitch climbing pack. It could also work very well as a quick hit summit pack too. There is no frame in the back system only a basic foam mat, which can be removed and used as a basic bivvy pad. There is no helmet holder on this pack but in its place is a second grab handle which can be used to securely attach the pack a belay stations.
Black Diamond Speed Zip
Updated for this season is the Blitz range of packs. These superlight minimalist alpine packs are now made from a new BD UHWMPE Mini Rip 100d fabric giving them the best balance between being lightweight and very durable. The Blitz packs are available in a 28 and 20 litre version at 44g and 398g respectively.
Another new pack for us this year is the Distance 8 running pack, the baby brother to the Distance 15. We’ve stocked the Distance 15 since it was released, the 15 is great for longer runs in the summer and colder runs in the winter where more kits is required. The Distance 8 is the perfect day pack for mountain running and scrambling. The main compartment has enough room for extra layers and food. It also has the same ice axe and z pole attachment points of the front as the 15. The vest style shoulder straps and the smaller capacity means that the pack is super stable on your back and doesn’t bounce around when running.
Black Diamond Distance 8
Staying with the trail running theme BD have released the new Distance Carbon running poles. These are a single piece ultralight running pole that weigh a tiny 170g (110cm). The fixed length poles are made from pure Carbon making them both light and durable, ideal for mountainous ultra runs and adventure races.
Last but by no means least is the new Capitan helmet. At 293g the Capitan is a lightweight, durable and comfortable climbing helmet. Made from a 2 piece ABS shell that covers an EPP Foam and EPS foam puck that together give increased side and back protection. This means the helmet meets the proposed new UIAA requirements. The Capitan has a low profile suspension system that allows micro adjustment to get the best fit and also integrated headlamp clips.