There's no room for distraction when you're swinging axes 100 feet off the deck, so Black Diamond made sure to design the Sharp End Men's Shell Jacket to keep you dry, comfortable, and focused when you need to be. The Gore-Tex Pro 3L waterproof and breathable membrane keeps you dry no matter how burly the weather, while the DWR-treated 40D nylon shell stands up to sharp ice and rocks, ski edges, and misplaced ice tools. When you're working up a sweat on the skintrack, you can pop open the underarm vents, or flip up the helmet-compatible hood to keep your noggin warm when a storm rolls in.
Black Diamond knows that little details can make a big difference, so it built the Sharp End with features like the integrated Cohaesive cord-lock system, which is incredibly durable and easy to use, even with gloves on. The expandable chest pockets are compatible with packs and harnesses, and even the hem drawcord is concealed so it doesn't get in your way when you're climbing, skiing, or roping up on your way to the summit.
- A durable and lightweight shell for fast-moving alpinists
- Gore-Tex Pro shell is waterproof, packable, and breathable
- DWR finish provides durability and protection from precipitation
- Integrated Cohaesive cord management system
- Hood is compatible for climbing helmets for safety
- Climbing-specific underarm gussets for temperature regulation
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- Q & A
Bare Bones Gore-Tex Shell
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
This is a very lightweight and well put together Gore Tex Shell. For ice climbing, alpine climbing, etc I'm certain its a good jacket. Its missing several things I would look for on a ski jacket however, and its missing several components I would search for in a jacket at this cost.
-Solid Construction and if it is like other BD outwear it will be pretty bomproof.
- Lightweight (at a cost of features)
- Good helmet ready hood.
- For a Jacket at this price point I would look for things like wrist gaiters (missing), powder skirt (missing), and better arrangement of pockets (only two chest pockets).
- very crinkly for a shell (makes noise moving around in it).
Its apparent that the lack of features was probably driven by the desire for a simple & lightweight waterproof and breathable shell. However, with that said, there are several alternatives in the same weight category with Goretex Pro in the same price range. I'd go with Arc'teryx at this price point any day given the longer history and track record. Their jackets are less noisy, and every bit as good and in some cases even cheaper. At this price point thier jackets have even more features people actually use. Norrona would be another alternative for a good shell that is more robust with features that folks actually use.