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Black Diamond Equipment’s 2014-15 Ski Collection Earns Over a Dozen Media Awards

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Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, has collected over a dozen awards from magazines and online media outlets for this winter’s 2014-15 ski gear, including accolades from: Backcountry, Backpacker, Freeskier,, Powder, Skiing and

“In our 57 years of innovation, the designers, engineers and employees of Black Diamond Equipment have used their firsthand knowledge of climbing, skiing and mountain sports to create next-level products,” said Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond CEO. “Every Black Diamond employee takes pride and shares some credit for the abundance of recognition we’ve received for our forthcoming winter 2014-15 apparel, hard goods and snow safety collections.”

JetForce, the first avalanche airbag system to use electronically controlled jet-fan inflation, was awarded “Editor’s Choice 2014-15” by Backpackerand Freeskier magazines. JetForce technology represents Black Diamond’s commitment to the snow safety category and will be available in specific backpacks from Black Diamond Equipment, PIEPS and POC this winter.

None honored Black Diamond Apparel’s Hot Forge Eiderdown Jacket with its “2014 Gear of the Year”award. Found only in arctic latitudes, the Eider duck is world-renowned for its down plumes, which lock together to create resilient, durable insulation of incredible thermal density. The Hot Forge Eiderdown Jacket is filled with Eiderdown foraged by hand from the feathers left behind in Eider nests, and offers exceptional warmth and comfort in cold conditions.

Additionally, Black Diamond Equipment collected over a dozen editorial awards in hard goods categories including skis, boots and bindings. The full lineup of editorial awards including 2014-14 buyers’ guide recommendations is presented below:

· Backcountry magazine Editors’ Choice winner – Carbon Megawatt ski

· Backcountry magazine select winners include: Carbon Aspect ski, Carbon Convert ski, Factor Mx alpine touring boot, Swift women’s alpine touring boot, Push telemark boot, Stiletto women’s telemark boot, 01 telemark binding, and the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 binding

· Powder magazine Skier’s Choice awards: AMPerage ski, Element ski, Carbon Megawatt, Factor Mx

· Off Piste Magazine: Carbon Convert ski

· Skiing Magazine Official Selection – AMPerage ski

· Ultimate Ski Quiver 2014-15 award — Carbon Convert ski

Tim Bantle, managing director of Black Diamond Equipment, commented: “We are extremely proud to receive these honors. Winning these awards affirms our team’s ability to understand the needs of climbers, skiers and mountain athletes.”

Black Diamond Equipment’s 2014-15 winter collection is arriving at specialty retail now.

Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit