Go behind-the-scenes with Black Diamond's R&D crew and see how we ensure that our ski boots live up to your highest expectations—and our highest standards. Whether we're testing boot shell impact resistance, lateral and medial flex or our newly redesigned ski/walk mode mechanism, every aspect of every boot is subjected to extremes far beyond real-world use. Despite our best efforts, the ski/walk mechanisms on our freeride boots during the past two years have not been as durable as the boots themselves. For 2010 we have a completely re-engineered ski/walk mode mechanism that will stand up when it counts.+ More details
The Black Diamond Quality Assurance team breaks hundreds of biners a year during the design and manufacturing process. This video illustrates the three different configurations we use when pull-testing our carabiners; closed gate, open gate and minor axis. In addition to batch tests like these every single carabiner is tested to one half of it's rated strength.+ More details
A massive amount of effort and innovation has gone into our new line of Freeride Series skis. Watch the video here as we take you through all of the the crucial steps from CAD design to prototyping to field testing to manufacturing to quality assurance testing. To learn more about Black Diamond skis, go to: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/ski/skis+ More details
Here at Black Diamond, innovation is not a four-letter word. It is our driver. As we demand more and more from our gear, we demand more and more innovation from ourselves. As part of a new approach to designing, developing and engineering the best gear for climbing and freeride skiing, we are constantly striving to innovate not only the gear itself but also our processes. ISO 9001 Because Black Diamond is a company of climbers and freeride enthusiasts dedicated to producing the best climbing and ski gear possible, all of the products we manufacture and sell are constantly tested and improved upon. As of October 27, 1998, Black Diamond received ISO certification. ISO 9001 certification serves as a control process for companies with systems already in place to monitor design, manufacturing and testing. Our current certification helps to underscore Black Diamond's continuing commitment to producing the best gear possible. 3 SIGMA To rate our climbing gear with a meticulous degree of accuracy, Black Diamond uses a rigorous, best-in-the-industry rating standard called Three Sigma. By batch testing our climbing equipment following 3 Sigma methodologies, we can ensure that there is a 99.87% probability that the strength of any item taken from the same batch will be above the rating. And though the rigorous 3 Sigma testing method results in a rated strength that is three standard deviations lower than the average value found during testing, we feel climbing hardware requires testing with an absolutely consistent and conservative approach to ensure the high levels of quality you have come to expect from Black Diamond.+ More details
As with all of testing we do with our climbing gear (and even our non-climbing gear), we go way above and beyond any official requirements. In order for a piece of gear to make it to the market, it must withstand all that we can dream up. This usually involves many different configurations of use, abuse and mis-use, testing in extreme environmental conditions, simulated cyclic and durability testing, and of course extensive field testing. Only after a piece of gear can successfully be put through the wringer do we give it the green light to hit the store shelves.+ More details
First, lets be clear: daisy chains are for aid climbing NOT for use as part of your personal anchor system. Don’t know how to properly anchor yourself using the rope? Don't know how to thread sport anchors without using a daisy chain? Get some instruction from a professional guide before you get yourself hurt. Second, and regarding this video, if you incorrectly clip in short to a daisy while aid climbing, it can be potentially bad. Very bad. The thing to remember when clipping in short using a daisy is to use a SECOND carabiner to shorten it up, thus avoiding the potential loading scenario above. To read Black Diamond's full QC Lab report on daisy chain dangers, go to: http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/journal/climb/all/qc-lab-daisy-chain-dangers-en-glbl-en-us+ More details
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