Industry News 11/6/2013

GEAR: Black Diamond Equipment Partners with Gore for F14

BD Apparel Set to Debut Patent-Pending Cohæsive™ Garment Technology
Press Release from Black Diamond

Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, technical mountain sports equipment, and W.L. Gore & Associates (Gore), inventor of GORE-TEX® high performance fabric technologies, announce their partnership for Black Diamond Equipment’s Fall 2014 apparel line.

“We are pleased that Black Diamond Equipment has selected Gore to be the central component of their new Fall 2014 technical outerwear collection,” states Tom Boyle, strategic marketing at Gore. “Gore’s scientific and rigorous product development aligns perfectly with Black Diamond’s. It is exciting to work with a company that continually aims to bring the most advanced technologies and fabrics to market, which provide the ultimate in performance and style.”

Black Diamond’s Gore collection will be the cornerstone of the Fall 2014 line with distinct technical outerwear features, including the debut of a new embedded, concealed technology, Cohæsive, in all jackets featuring GORE-TEX® fabric. Cohæsive is a patent-pending cord management system that embeds and bonds 3D hardware components directly into the garment’s fabric. With the Cohaesive hardware right on the fabric surface, the athlete gains intuitive ease-of-use even with gloves on in adverse conditions. 

“Black Diamond’s athlete-employees live by the company ethos: Use – Design – Engineer – Build – Repeat. We are dedicated to relentless innovation and integrity, designing and engineering equipment that pushes limits and challenges conventions for our global community of users,” explains Tim Bantle, Director of Apparel. “Our partnership with Gore manifests this philosophy and will empower our customers.”

The F14 Black Diamond apparel line for men and women includes collection-defining pieces featuring Gore technology. The Front Point Shell, Bibs and Pants feature three-layer GORE-TEX® Pro fabric engineered with added durability to withstand abrasion, while protecting against long-lasting extreme and variable weather. GORE-TEX® Active products in the minimalist Sharp End series is the ideal solution for highly aerobic, done-in-a-day alpine activities, even in bad weather. Black Diamond is also introducing the first-ever combination of taped-seam construction in garments, featuring both Gore WINDSTOPPER® Active and WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell materials.  With their taped seams, the Convergent Down Hoody and Shell (featuring WINDSTOPPER® Active fabric) and the Induction Shell and Pants (featuring WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric) create a new standard in breathability and weather resistance.

With its Fall 2014 apparel line featuring Gore technologies, Black Diamond addresses the needs of alpinists the same way it has for 25 years with equipment: by designing intuitive, thoughtfully engineered and beautifully executed products that climbers and skiers can trust.

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

W.L. Gore & Associates is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than 3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. Gore is one of a few select companies to appear on all of the US “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at