One of the trends of the Outdoor Retailer summer market in Denver was light outerwear for 2019.
The absolute lightest piece we saw is the new-for-219 ultra-light Black Diamond Deploy Wind Shell.
It uses an ultralight five-denier nylon fabric from Torray together combined with a crazy light new mesh-tape zipper from YKK, one that is 40 per centlighter than other zippers.
The jacket can pack into a small pocket in its own collar with a small elastic and weighs only 48 grams for a men’s medium.
Combining its pack-ability with its weight will make this piece an absolute must have for anyone heading into the mountains in 2019.
Black Diamond is also releasing an all-new tent called the Distance for 2019. It’s a totally new design, lightweight and pole-pitched.
The Black Diamond FirstLight and HiLight two-person tents also receive upgrades. More on those later.