Salt Lake City, UT, May 5, 2020 – Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, announced today that its new HighLine Stretch Shell for Spring 2020 has been awarded by the editors of Outside magazine a Gear of the Year award in the new Outside Summer Buyer’s Guide.

“Our HighLine Stretch Shell addresses the needs of alpinists in the same way our equipment does through intuitively designed, rigorously engineered and beautifully executed pieces that we trust and use in the mountains,” states Brian Larkin, product and material developer for Black Diamond Equipment.

The HighLine Stretch Shell is the most versatile, 3-layer mountain and alpine shell in Black Diamond’s collection. It features a premier combination of its proprietary BD.dry waterproof/breathable protection and Green Theme Technology’s revolutionary Breathable Water Protection Technology, an environmentally friendly PFC-free water repellant finish that is superior in performance compared to any other C-6, C-8, or C-0 DWR. Its performance is only exceeded by its durability, as the GTT is permanently hyper-fused to the individual fabric fibers, and there is no need to ever refresh the jacket with an additional spray or wash-in finish. The HighLine is fully featured, with a chest and two hand pockets, DWR pit zips for ventilation, an adjustable climbing helmet compatible hood. YKK Aquaguard Zippers keep you dry, while the HighLine’s incredibly lightweight and packable stretch nylon fabric allows you to move freely whether you are alpine climbing or trekking in the mountains.

“In one particular field test, we bushwhacked uphill in the rain for three hours, followed by a mandatory hose-down. Black Diamond’s HighLine Stretch Shell came through without a scratch or a leak,” explained a tester from Outside magazine. “That said, it doesn’t feel like armor. Its durable three-layer construction, is comfortable, with light, stretchy 30-denier nylon and a jersey-knit lining that feels like a well-worn tee.”

Additionally, Outside Summer Buyer’s Guide apparel testers universally gave the Black Diamond HighLine Shell high marks for its unparalleled breathability and lightweight attributes (12.7 oz men’s – 10.7oz women’s).

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