Reusable Airbag Backpack Helps Keep You Alive In an Avalanche (Or Two)

A car's airbags are designed to absorb impact and protect passengers during a crash—and need to inflate immediately on impact. But the airbags that skiers wear to avoid being buried in an avalanche don't necessarily need to inflate as fast. So Black Diamond's new JetForce backpack uses a fan instead of compressed air… » 1/22/14 4:20pm 1/22/14 4:20pm

Black Diamond Magnetron GridLock Review: A Super-Fast, Feather-Light,…

For those who participate in rope-centered sports or performing arts, the carabiner is one of the most important items you own. It's what keeps you attached to your rope, and thus, your head attached to your spinal column. But locking carabiners have always been unwieldy and hard to manipulate. Black Diamond wants… » 12/12/12 2:00pm 12/12/12 2:00pm

Hardcore Gifts for the Winter Backpacker

For some people, weather means nothing; they have to get outside and into nature no matter what. Here's the thing, though: without the right gear, they will die out there. Here's some of the sweetest cold-weather camp gear around. » 12/15/11 9:20pm 12/15/11 9:20pm

9 Tools for Camping Like a Boss

Ah, the Great Outdoors—how I loathe your Wi-Fi-less expanses. But if I must be forced to bask in your natural beauty, you can be damn well sure I'll be doing it with a laptop in my hand. » 8/11/11 3:50pm 8/11/11 3:50pm

Are Magnetic Carabiners the Next Big Thing for Keychains?

Black Diamond is developing carabiners that use magnetic power to lock themselves as opposed to the traditional twistlocks and screwlocks. As I'm a stay indoors kind of guy who never goes climbing, I think I just found my next keychain. » 7/13/11 5:20pm 7/13/11 5:20pm

This Fully Waterproof Headlamp Will Make an Adventurer Out of Anyone

Up 100 lumens of illumination, distance and strobe modes, red LEDs to preserve night vision, and a fully waterproof body. Yes, the Black Diamond Storm is an oddly appealing sounding headlight. » 2/10/11 11:20pm 2/10/11 11:20pm

Give Your iPod The Glowing Dinosaur Egg Dock It Deserves

Dock-makers, hear ye! Your iPod/iPhone/iWhatever base station doesn't have to look like some boring pair of speakers! In fact, it doesn't have to look like anything worldly at all. The crazy-looking YanTouch Black Diamond transforms tunes into ambient light. » 1/12/11 1:40pm 1/12/11 1:40pm

A Blizzard of Awesome Gifts for Powder Hounds

One of the best things about Winter is a fresh blanket of pristine snow. And the gear that helps you ride down it. Here are some gifts for the powderhounds in your life. » 11/24/10 4:20pm 11/24/10 4:20pm

SwitchBack Rugged Ultra Mobile PC Unboxed

If you read our story about Roper's coveted SwitchBack PC hitting the commercial market, you might've wanted a closer look at the goods. We got one to play around with, and it's definitely a little bundle of bulletproof joy. It weighs in at just 3lbs 2oz all by itself; when you pop on the standard BackPack (USB, VGA,… » 10/29/07 4:01am 10/29/07 4:01am

Crazy Rugged SwitchBack UMPCs Hit the Market

Roper Mobile announced that it was buying Black Diamond Advanced Technology, creator of the SwitchBack super-rugged UMPC. The machine debuted last fall, wooing fans with its hot-swappable batteries, all-weather reflective screen and full waterproofing to three meters underwater. But until now no one could actually buy… » 10/29/07 4:00am 10/29/07 4:00am

Thomson Black Diamond PMP Looks Good, Almost Too Good

Oooh, black, shiny and scratches easily—must be a PS3. Close, it is the Black Diamond EH308 PMP from Thompson. This PMP is decked out in a high-gloss black finish with a light touch of blue around the button area. Other than the looks it is a ho-hum PMP. 1.8-inch OLED screen, 8GB memory, touch-sensitive controls,… » 11/16/06 4:08pm 11/16/06 4:08pm

Black Diamond Switchback Rugged UMPC has a Breathalyzer—Drink On!

I thought the Black Diamond Switchback was just an average run-of-the-mill UMPC that came in a rugged case, until I learned of the module system that they are using. This UMPC has well over 20 modules that can be easily swapped onto the UMPC, including a breathalyzer. Some of the other modules include terrestrial… » 9/26/06 3:34pm 9/26/06 3:34pm

White Pearl Cellphone: Affordable Pseudo-Luxury

Who could forget the Black Diamond cellphone from last March, only to be reborn as the Windows Mobile Black Diamond a few days ago? More importantly, who can forget the steep $300,000 price tag? Well, the Black Diamond's designer has gone back to the drawing boards and come up with the more affordable White Pearl.… » 7/26/06 8:46am 7/26/06 8:46am

Sony Ericsson Black Diamond Becomes Windows Mobile Black Diamond

Remember the Jaren Goh designed Sony Ericsson Black Diamond we showed you a few months back? It was just a few renders, but we'll be damned if they weren't sexy. Well now, Voice Internet Phone Network (VIPN) is commissioning five of these phones, but with Windows Mobile 5.0 brains inside. » 7/24/06 7:30am 7/24/06 7:30am