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Liquid Point Shell Jacket

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 and windproof shell is easily stuffed in the bottom of your pack for when an unexpected storm blows through the uppermost 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.

  • Stay protected without being weighted down with this jacket
  • Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex construction protects you
  • Regular fit enables room for movement in the mountains
  • Underarm zippered vents allow for a quick cool down
  • Multiple pockets stash adventure essentials close by
  • Item #BLD00LI

Material
[membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Paclite (2.5-layer), [face fabric] 75D plain-weave (DWR)
Seams
fully sealed
Fit
regular
Length
mid-length
Center Back Length
30.25in
Hood
yes
Pockets
2 hand zip
Venting
underarm zip
Claimed Weight
14.6oz
Recommended Use
climbing, hiking & camping, skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

Stoked

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 11"
Weight
175 lbs

This seems like a good one. Durability has been a problem with other rain shells. No wet weather testing yet, nor will it get any for several months (most likely) but think this will be a good combo of light and durable. I’m 5’11” 175 lbs. perfect fit.

>Rating: 1

Great if it doesn't actually rain

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
160 lbs

This jacket is light, comfortable, and windproof. It's also waterproof in the exact same way that a slice of 3 day old bread is water proof. Washed it in tech wash, still isn't waterproof. As long as you're going somewhere it's cold enough there is 0% chance you're going to get rained on, this is a great jacket.

Uh, huh? It’s Goretex....I would say you received a bad jacket but that is not even possible. I think your issue is with Goretex. You should probably google it before you purchase anything else in this material. Not everybody loves it....

>Rating: 4

First impression is impressive!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 3"
Weight
195 lbs

I have been wearing this jacket as an everyday wind/rain jacket and out shell for about a week and the first impression is fantastic. I really like the fit - although it is slightly bigger than normal it really works for me as a taller person and it fits well over my down jacket - and it looks great too! This past weekend though I finally had the chance to really put the jacket to the test and it pass with flying colors! In a cold, wet, rainy, snowy hiking trip this jacket kept me dry and honestly almost too warm. The insulation on this jacket is great and the GoreTex really holds its own. No leaking at the seams and the jacket dried pretty quickly in my tent once I got out of the weather too. Couple things I will note for the sake of transparency: 1. This jacket has a very technical hood. It is meant to be able to fit over a hiking helmet with room to spare. That does mean that I had plenty of cover to keep my face dry in a driving rain storm but some may not appreciate that in their everyday use. 2. The arm vents can be a little tough to unzip while the jacket is on. Perhaps this will change with a bit more use but the first couple uses were not easy. Overall, definitely recommend this jacket for any use!

>Rating: 5

Rugged Jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 1"
Weight
190 lbs

I live in Southeast AK and to say it's wet here is putting it lightly. I had almost given up on trying to stay dry and don't like rubber outer gear for longer activities since it doesn't breathe. With the right layers underneath this jacket does pretty well and is my go-to for a few minutes outside to an all day ski in heavy snow. It will darken and soak through after a little while especially if you have a backpack or something else touching it. However it still repels most of the elements even if it looks saturated. I recently took a broken branch to the shoulder while biking and thought for sure I would have a tear but it hardly appeared that anything had happened- it is definitely durable. As for size, I'm 6'1/190 with a strong ape index and the M fits great. L was too baggy. It's always a challenge for me to find something with enough arm length and this definitely has it, even outstretched during cycling. The long pit zips are also handy, however they can be sort of hard to get closed from fully open without doing some weird contorting. The only two things I'm not crazy about is that it stains kinda easily (I bought the mustard flavored one) and the hood is hard to adjust so that it doesn't fall down over your eyes. There is an adjustable elastic but the hood visor still rides a little low. It does accommodate a helmet so there's your trade off.

>Rating: 4

Great jacket

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 8"
Weight
185 lbs

I know some other reviews said that this jacket fits long. I'm here to tell you it does not fit long. I am 5'9 a 185 pounds and bought a size large and it fits absolutely perfect. Light weight, water proof, and easy to layer to keep warm. Hood fit perfectly over my Bern bucket and jacket zips nicely up to my nose with hood on. Minalest jacket. Not many pockets but no worries there. Nice pit zips and ventilation. Great jacket for the money. I am a little concerned of durability in the woods of the northeast.

>Rating: 5

Finally BD got it

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
190 lbs

I purchase this jack and finally BD go it . The quality and the price is the main thing I always look when purchase a product. I climb mountains and at 14.000 ft the last thing I should question if my gear is up to the task. I own 70% of my gear Black Diamond and jackets was always not my impresing product. I recommend this product.

>Rating: 3

Fits perfect, except the length

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 6"
Weight
145 lbs

After reading reviews on 15 different jackets on 10 different sites, I determined that the Liquid Point had everything I was looking for. That is until I tried in on. At 5'6" and 145lbs, I purchased a small expecting it to fit and it did, except for the length. The jacket is entirely too long, to the point that it even restricts movement. I wanted to like it, it had all the features I wanted, 2.5 layer Gore-Tex, sturdy materials and zippers, pit-zip, and relatively light and packable. I even held onto the jacket for two weeks hoping I could move past the issue, but in the end I had to return it. Never even got to wear it, outside of trying it on multiple times. It's a shame, it's otherwise a great product.

>Rating: 4

Good but not ideal for me

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
165 lbs

Hood fits well over ski helmet and kept me MUCH warmer on the infamous green mountain freezer at Jay peak. Shoveling without a helmet, I was able to cinch the good down to a comfortable form around my head. I’ve used the pit zips but never notice the difference because I wear a down jacket underneath anyway. No chest pocket is nbd but I had to jump to register my ski pass at Jay’s card scanning turnstiles. Fits well over my montbell alpine light jacket (hoodless). I would have overlooked the minor inconveniences and given 5 stars if it weren’t for this incident: While tree skiing I hit a branch and received a 5 inch tear horizontally on the sleeve. Thankfully it protected my down jacket but GTX Pro would certainly not have torn in this instance so skiers beware wearing this jacket into the glades. I think the star reduction is justified since it’s billed as a back country ski shell but isn’t really tough enough for the woods. TLDR Good jacket but if you ski the woods just spend the extra money for a bullet proof shell

>Rating: 4

Light Packable Do All Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Height
5` 10"
Weight
175 lbs

Versatile, light weight and pack able. The BD Liquid Point Jacket is a great value for a technical GoreTex jacket. This is a go to for everything from keeping dry in the rain hiking, a light weight shell shell for touring/climbing and works well around town too. It doesn't have a chest pocket, but these are an optional item for me and the hand pockets work for storage. Pit zips are mandatory for me so this was a key deciding factor.

>Rating: 5

It's what I needed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
xl
Height
6` 3"
Weight
160 lbs

I just wear this jacket when I don't wanna get wet. Also hiking and boarding. its just a really good outer shell that looks sick too

>Rating: 5

Storm proof!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 8"
Weight
139 lbs

I have been using this jacket as my principal climashield in mountaineering activitys here in the Ecuadorian Andes, the jacket is amangly durable and keeps the bad weather out of my reach. Totally recomend this jacket, perfect fit for layering inside.

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>Rating: 5

Fantastic jacket!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
medium
Height
5` 11"
Weight
165 lbs

I got this jacket under strong advisement from "my" tech guru at Backcountry. We wanted something that looked good, fit well, was durable (but not necessarily as "bulletproof as a typical hardshell .... like GoreTex Pro), was , waterproof but highly breathable, and lightweight... BD scored on all these points. He loved the fit and has used in in all but our coldest NE winter ski days ... summer hiking in the White Mountains of NH and the Alps, rainy day hikes with backpack, and even our "warmer" New England ski days (by "warmer" I mean anything over 20 degrees with a little sun ... with nothing but a micro-fleece base layer underneath). It's super lightweight and packs down to nearly nothing (considering it's not ever called a "packable jacket"). It still sheds water and breaths as well as the day we got it. I really can't think of anything we DON'T like... So pleased. Some may say it runs a little loose, but over a base layer, it's perfect in our opinion. (attached photo : he's only wearing a t-shirt underneath...) Thanks again for great advise on a great product!

I
>Rating: 4

Not for short people

Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Med
Height
5` 7"
Weight
165 lbs

The jacket appears to be high quality but the fit is for tall people. I am 5'7" 165 lbs. Athletic build. The Med was was too baggy and long, tried the Small. Was way too tight around shoulders and still very long. So just a heads up to fellow "shorter" shoppers.

>Rating: 5

Initial Impression - Bomber!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

Just got this jacket and had the chance to take it out camping last weekend. This is definitely a well made jacket. The construction is solid and it held it's own in a rain storm. Water beaded up on the outside and kept me nice and dry. It's paclite, so it also packs down... well, light. Great all around shell. A couple of other notes, as one other reviewer mentioned, it is lacking in pockets. Not a huge deal for me as I wasn't expecting them, but some additional storage would be nice. I'm a big fan of the pit zip construction. Very easy to access and dump heat easily. The jacket definitely fits loosely. I went with the large (which I always do when it comes to BD) and I was on the fence as to whether or not I'd size down to the medium. In the end I kept the large so I'd have some extra space for layering, but it's a bit baggy. Lastly, the zipper comes up pretty high at the neck. This can be nice for tucking your chin down on a cold day, or shielding yourself from campfire smoke, as well as wind/rain protection with a helmet on. All in all, another bomber piece from BD!!!

>Rating: 4

Dope jacket! I'm picky though...

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 1"
Weight
180 lbs

Love the jacket. Feels like a real solid shell! Not super flimsy like some lighter ones. Feels like it could take a beating. Taping is unreal! Solid joints I'd say! Water beads right off and doesn't soak through the membrane even when the outer layer does. Three things though! First thing, the hood has a 4 in 1 cinch in the back of the hood. You can not cinch the depth and opening separately! If you don't have it cinched and you don't have a helmet on it's gonna cover your eyes, period! Second thing, It only has 2 pockets! I emailed Black Diamond (they said they would fix it) because their website said it has a chest pocket. IT DOES NOT have a chest pocket! It only has two normal pockets and they are not vented. If there is a downpour and you have your hands in them water will run down your arms into the pockets and it gets clammy in there. I guess that's normal and they seemed to wick the water out fairly quickly. Third thing, I feel that black diamond is one of the slimmer fitting American brands you can buy but they seem to be going a tad boxy on this one. The saving grace of the extra room (Which you would need if your layering heavily. I use a BD Hot Forge down hooded jacket and still have plenty of room to layer a mid and base) is that it hangs nicely in the back and in the silhouette. Solid jacket but needs that chest pocket and I feel it needs some pocket liner that absorbs moisture and wicks it away and a hood that my head doesn't swim in if its not cinched.

>Rating: 5

My to-go jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 7"
Weight
160 lbs

This is a very light, packable jacket. I have used it in wet snow ski, raining day hiking and high altitude climbing. They keep my body dry and warm in summer and winter. Yes, gore-tex paclite works well too. This is the photo when I was on a ~19000ft peak.

This

Thanks for taking the time to write this review, Zimu! Glad to hear you're loving the jacket! Your Gearhead, Brittni

dope pic!

>Rating: 5

so good!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
190 lbs

I have brought it on multiple backcountry ski tours and it does NOT disappoint. It packs very nicely, and its probably the most durable jacket I have ever owned. I would recommend this jacket to anyone. the GORE-TEX 2.5 layer doesn't disappoint, the climbing helmet adjustable hood, and the large pockets. The GORE-TEX feels extremely waterproof, durable, and its the type of material I always needed out in the backcountry. After purchasing this jacket. The climbing adjustable hood is super convenient knowing that at any time I can put my hood on without moving things around and putting things back into my pack. And the large pockets make for extra convenience such as map storage, headlamp, food, ect...

>Rating: 5

Great Jacket

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Got this jacket, as suggested by "my" gearhead, for my 14 yo son as he prepared for a trip to Europe. He Loves it. Fit is perfect (Men's medium, he's approx.5'10" and about 150 lbs) and he can't wait to use it skiing. And it looks great, too. So glad I listened. As with all other purchases I've made in the past, customer service is amazing!

Thank you for the killer review, Joe!

>Rating: 5

Great shell ,great price

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
xl
Height
6` 1"
Weight
210 lbs

I live on the ocean .We get a lot of wind blown rain, so far this jacket has preformed excellent. I bought XL and the fit is just right . I can fit my blackdiamond down blend hoodie under it with no problems when skiing or alone on a rainy summer day.

>Rating: 5

Tested and Approved.

Fit:
Runs small
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

I tried this out in a rain demo last fall at Backcountry HQ, it was a race of cunning and whit, while people sprayed you with hoses. Although I was beaten badly, when I took off the jacket, I was bone dry! Later that week, I went out and bought my own Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell Jacket and I am very happy with the results. I have used it at football games, skiing...and coming soon to this summer CLIMBING/HIKING! Updates to come.

>Rating:

What is the waterproof rating? 10k, 20k?

>Rating:

I own a large BD Cold Forge jacket. I want a shell. What size Liquid Point do I want to buy to fit over the large Cold Forge?

In order to fit the shell over that jacket, you will most likely want an XL in order to have the space for no restrictions with your body while layered up.