Black Diamond Equipment Earns Top Honors for Fall 2017 Products

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, and a subsidiary of Black Diamond, Inc. (NASDAQ:BDE), collected several industry and media awards at the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and ISPO Munich tradeshows.

"Black Diamond Equipment is honored to have earned several recent industry accolades," said John Walbrecht, president of Black Diamond Equipment. " To be surrounded by our peers in the winter ski categories and to be recognized for the most exceptional products in our trade is something we take pride in as a category-leading brand and as an employer.”

At ISPO Munich 2017, which ended yesterday and is Europe’s largest tradeshow for the active lifestyle market, Black Diamond Equipment was recognized with an ISPO Gold Award in the gloves & headwear category for its new three-in-one glove system, the Helio Glove. The Helio Glove, designed for weight conscious ski mountaineers and alpinists, features an ultralight Dyneema ripstop shell with goat leather palm and fingers, powder cuffed with a one-hand drawcord closure.

At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, which was held in January in Salt Lake City, Gear Patrol awarded Black Diamond Equipment’s Boundary Pro 107 ski with an Editor’s Choice Award, which showcases the best gear from the show. The Boundary Pro 107 was one of only 14 products recognized and the only ski in the category.

The full lineup of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and ISPO Munich 2017 awards is included below:

  • Outside magazine “Gear of the Show” – Fritschi Tecton 12 AT binding
  • “Best in Show” – Fritschi Tecton 12 AT binding
  • “Best of Show” – Fritschi Tecton 12 AT binding
  • Gear Patrol “Editor’s Choice” – Boundary Pro 107 ski
  • ISPO Gold Award – Helio Glove

Fritschi’s Tecton 12 was awarded “Gear of the Show” by Outside magazine, and Black Diamond Equipment and Fritschi, a Swiss manufacturer of innovative alpine touring bindings and accessories, are longtime business partners, and Black Diamond Equipment is the exclusive distributor of Fritschi products in North America. The Tecton 12 combines the tech-style toe unit of Fritschi’s Vipec bindings that feature a pre-defined lateral safety release, with the added benefits of an innovative heel-locking lever.

“Winning these awards conveys our team’s ability to understand the needs of climbers, skiers and mountain athletes by bringing the most relevant, thoughtfully-designed and high-performance gear to market,” said Doug Heinrich, Black Diamond Equipment’s vice president of product.

Black Diamond’s fall 2017 collection will arrive at specialty retail in summer 2017.

About Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.
Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is a global leader in creating innovative outdoor engineered equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing and a wide range of other year-round outdoor activities. Black Diamond®, and its sister brand PIEPS™, are synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety in the outdoor consumer community. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, our products are designed and exhaustively tested by an engaged team of discerning entrepreneurs and engineers. The Black Diamond® culture of precision and excellence enhance the authenticity of our brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer loyalty. Black Diamond Equipment's products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit our website at or

About Black Diamond, Inc.
Black Diamond, Inc. (the “Company”) is a publicly-traded (NASDAQ:BDE) holding company which seeks opportunities to acquire and grow businesses that can generate durable free cash flows and attractive returns. The Company has substantial cash balances and net operating tax loss carryforwards which we are seeking to redeploy to maximize shareholder value in a diverse array of businesses. Currently, Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is its only operating subsidiary. Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. is a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel. For additional information, please visit our corporate website at

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