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Mass Recall of Avalanche-Rescuing Airbags, Thanks to Static Electricity

Avalanches make backcountry skiing one of the most dangerous ways to get your selfies, something that Black Diamond’s Jetforce airbags promised to change cheaply and simply with an innovative design that got rave reviews. But unfortunately, the designers forgot one tiny detail, leading Black Diamond to issue a recall. »7/09/15 10:00pm7/09/15 10:00pm

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 4:20pm1/22/14 4:20pm

Black Diamond Magnetron GridLock Review: A Super-Fast, Feather-Light, Screw-Free Carabiner

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 2:00pm12/12/12 2:00pm

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 3:34pm9/26/06 3:34pm