Just about everything looks good on a mannequin, and Black Diamond’s new women’s line of backcountry ski clothing looked impressive at ISPO last January. But the jury’s out until you exit the dressing room. Fit is key and can be as varied as the fobs on your keychain.
My first try-on yields a thumbs up. Pre-production sample sizes come in size small. BD’s form model works for me: torso is slim fitting with long arms, a coveted but hard to find feature for athletic females with average to plus length wing spans. Sleeves are often too short on smaller sizes which is always a drag. Longer sleeves work and are more versatile — if they’re too long you can simply roll them up or use the extra length to keep your hands warm.
During the last 6 months working as an Outward Bound instructor, I field tested the Induction this fall. In anticipation of harsh backcountry conditions this winter, I wore the Induction rock climbing in Canada, kayaking through the San Juan Islands, and hiking through dense Pacific Northwet forests.
Black Diamond Induction Windstopper softshell, also available in men’s version, available here.
Recap of WildSnow posts during week of 11/3 – 11/7/2014:
Layering 101 — Mountain Equipment WildSnow Girl Ensemble
Fischer Transalp Hannibal & 88 — Ski Quiver Arrows of the Week
5 Backcountry Ski Touring Items — Holiday Gift List
Backcountry Skiing News Roundup — Avy Thoughts
First Ascent Karakoram 0 StormDown Sleeping Bag — Review
WildSnow Girl, Rachel Bellamy, skis, snowboards and does just about everything else that’s fun. Rachel calls the Pacific Northwest home but is often romping around the mountains and crags of other states she loves. Whether on snow, rock, or in the sea, this WildSnow Girl will frequently have a camera in hand to capture the bliss of adventure through photography. See her beautiful images on Instagram: birdrachel.