Ready for the alpine.
When the ascent demands lightning-fast speeds through variable conditions and terrain, look no further than the Black Diamond Women's Sharp End Shell Jacket. The Gore-Tex Pro 3-layer shell provides unparalleled protection and breathability in the alpine, and since it weighs in at just 14oz, you aren't sacrificing weight for protection either. When the breathability of the jacket isn't enough to keep up with the rate of your ascent, two-way underarm ventilation zippers allow you to ditch heat quickly to avoid perspiration. The updated design includes underarm gussets and elbow articulation for overhead and forward mobility, so you can tackle pitches of rock, ice, or powder with freedom of movement.
The integrated Cohaesive cord management technology implements an internal cord-lock for fast adjustments at the hem and hood without loops and elastic sticking out. Two hand pockets and one chest pocket provide room to carry a few snacks, straps, or lightweight liner gloves. A brushed microsuede liner on the chin and back of neck areas prevent your skin from being rubbed raw when moving in inclement conditions. All the while, the YKK reverse coil PU coated front zipper prevents moisture from seeping in through the front.
- For year-round use in the alpine
- Gore-Tex Pro shell provides waterproof and breathable protection
- Packs down small and light for expeditions
- Underarm vents keep you cool while moving
- Adjustment cords stay in place with Coahaesive system
- Hood fits over climbing and ski helmets
- Underarm gussets and elbow articulation for mobility
- Item #BLD00J9
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: small
It's a Gore-Tex...bombproof and does it's job, but nothing spectacular. I'll say it again...BD needs to work on their women's sizing, it's really inconsistent between items. Pluses: hood fits over your helmet, it's Gore-Tex = waterproof/bombproof, pit zips, Velcro wrist openings. Negatives: not enough pockets! wish it had some internal zip pockets to store stuff I want on me, for the price it's nothing special.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I got a full BD kit this year, so stoked!! This jacket is so sweet. The fabric is really nice, feels durable but still really soft. The jacket fits awesome with really great range of motion.