Black Diamond Equipment's 2014-15 Ski Collection Earns Over a Dozen Media Awards

JetForce Avalanche Airbag Technology Leads With Two Editor's Choice Awards in Snow Safety Category

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Black Diamond, Inc. (Nasdaq:BDE), has collected over a dozen awards from magazines and online media outlets for this winter's 2014-15 ski gear, including accolades from Backcountry, Backpacker, Freeskier,, Powder, Skiing, and

"In our 57 years of innovation, the designers, engineers and employees of Black Diamond Equipment have used their firsthand knowledge of climbing, skiing and mountain sports to create next-level products," said Peter Metcalf, Black Diamond CEO. "Every Black Diamond employee takes pride and shares some credit for the abundance of recognition we've received for our forthcoming winter 2014-15 apparel, hard goods and snow safety collections."

JetForce, the first avalanche airbag system to use electronically controlled jet-fan inflation, was awarded "Editor's Choice 2014-15" by Backpacker and Freeskier magazines. JetForce technology represents Black Diamond's commitment to the snow safety category and will be available in specific backpacks from Black Diamond Equipment, PIEPS and POC this winter. honored Black Diamond Apparel's Hot Forge Eiderdown Jacket with its "2014 Gear of the Year" award. Found only in arctic latitudes, the Eider duck is world-renowned for its down plumes, which lock together to create resilient, durable insulation of incredible thermal density. The Hot Forge Eiderdown Jacket is filled with Eiderdown foraged by hand from the feathers left behind in Eider nests, and offers exceptional warmth and comfort in cold conditions.

Additionally, Black Diamond Equipment collected over a dozen of editorial awards in hard goods categories including skis, boots and bindings. The full lineup of editorial awards including 2014-14 buyers' guide recommendations is presented below:

  • Backcountry magazine Editors' Choice winner – Carbon Megawatt ski
  • Backcountry magazine select winners include: Carbon Aspect ski, Carbon Convert ski, Factor Mx alpine touring boot, Swift women's alpine touring boot, Push telemark boot, Stiletto women's telemark boot, 01 telemark binding, and the Fritschi Diamir Vipec 12 binding
  • Powder magazine Skier's Choice awards: AMPerage ski, Element ski, Carbon Megawatt, Factor Mx
  • Skiing Magazine Official Selection – AMPerage ski
  • Ultimate Ski Quiver 2014-15 award — Carbon Convert ski

Tim Bantle, managing director of Black Diamond Equipment, commented: "We are extremely proud to receive these honors. Winning these awards affirms our team's ability to understand the needs of climbers, skiers and mountain athletes."

Black Diamond Equipment's 2014-15 winter collection is arriving at specialty retail now.

About Black Diamond Equipment

Black Diamond Equipment is a manufacturer of equipment and clothing for climbing, skiing and mountain sports. By consistently building innovative, standard-setting products and actively preserving the mountain/canyon environment, Black Diamond Equipment has assumed a leadership role in the international outdoor community. For more information on Black Diamond Equipment, visit

About Black Diamond, Inc.

Black Diamond, Inc. is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing innovative active outdoor performance equipment and apparel for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, cycling and a wide range of other year-round outdoor recreation activities. The Company's principal brands, Black Diamond®, POC™ and PIEPS™, are iconic in the active outdoor, ski and cycling industries and linked intrinsically with the modern history of these sports. Black Diamond is synonymous with performance, innovation, durability and safety that the outdoor and action sport communities rely on and embrace in their active lifestyle. Headquartered in Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, the Company's products are created and tested on some of the best alpine peaks, slopes, crags, roads and trails in the world. These close connections to the Black Diamond lifestyle enhance the authenticity of the Company's brands, inspire product innovation and strengthen customer loyalty. Black Diamond's products are sold in approximately 50 countries around the world. For additional information, please visit the Company's websites at,, or

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