Bombproof protection without the weight.
With the Black Diamond Men's Liquid Point Shell Jacket, you don't have to choose between burly waterproof protection and light weight. Made with Gore-Tex PacLite, this waterproof/windproof shell is easily stuffed in the bottom of your pack for when an unexpected storm blows through the upper most elevations. With a weight of just 14.5 ounces, it won't weigh you down during long approaches and multi-day backpacking trips, but that doesn't mean it won't fend of even the most unruly mountain storms. Fully taped seams, a DWR treatment, and a water-resistant center front zipper all prevent water from seeping through, while its helmet-compatible hood, and adjustable cuffs and hem let you batten down the hatches when the skies go from grey to black.
- Gore-Tex PacLite (two-layer)
- Fully taped seams
- 75D nylon face with DWR finish
- Regular fit
- Zippered underarm vents
- Low-profile custom-molded cuff tabs
- Drawcord hem
- YKK Vislon center front zipper with DWR coating
- Item #BLD00A6
- Q & A
Versatile and Lightweight
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I just got back from a week skiing in Colorado and am so glad I got this shell. It kept me super dry all week and was very lightweight.
When paired with a medium base layer, it was quite warm for skiing in 30-40 degree weather. When paired with a light base, it was perfect for 40+ degree spring skiing. Ventilation options were great, pockets were accommodating, and fit was dead on.
Best shell I've owned. BD is killing it with apparel!
Black Diamond Liquid Point Jacket
A great balance
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
This jacket is freaking RAD. If you're looking for a good balance of performance in the waterproof, packability, and bad-ass-style departments, look no further. At first, I was skeptical of the 2 layer GoreTex Paclite material (I had used a similar 2 layer rain jacket that degraded after a season), but now I have no concerns with the lifespan of this fabric. This jacket really holds up in a downpour, and looks great doing it. A lot of my friends have lower-end rain jackets that end up wetting out, or maybe the hood's shape lets water run onto their face. I just watch and shake my head, cozy and dry.
This has been my go-to rain layer for all activities, summer and winter. I've used it extensively on backcountry skiing outings, as a wind-proof layer on summit missions, during week-long downpours in Alaska, as well as guiding wilderness horse-packing trips. I've caught this jacket on tree-branches and rose bushes and got away without any rips. This is a simple, do-it-all shell! Black Diamond really knows what they're doing.
Of course, the breathability is lacking. But it's worth having the high waterproof rating. Since I don't really hike in the tropics, a hot rainstorm isn't really something I have to deal with anyway. For the dryer, colder climates I frequent, this jacket fits the bill perfectly.
I'm 5'8 155lbs, 32 waist, 42 chest, and the Medium fits great with a little room for a midlayer.
More packable than 3L GoreTex
Seems like this jacket will last a long time
Can feel uncomfortable next-to-skin
Weird fit, but great jacket
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Small
If anyone is familiar with BD's sizing, this jacket holds true to form. It runs small in the waist/hips, and large on the sleeves. However, it keeps the cold out, and it looks good, so I'd probably buy it again. Just not sure who they are using to size and model their clothes.
Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell Jacket
Why doesn't it come in black? ;( ;( ;(
Black Diamond makes the Liquid Point Shell Jacket in Black but we are sold out with no more on order. Sorry about that. Check out the Sharp End Shell Jacket (Item # BLD001W) as a burlier alternative. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.
Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead
Center back length?
Medium is 31 inches