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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hoodie

Black Diamond’s mantra over the years, from carabiners to Avalung packs, has been: Use. Design. Engineer. Build. Repeat.  This same approach has inspired their new clothing line.  While not all the line would work in the great “North wet,” as backcountry skiers we loved the idea of the Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell’s combination of Schoeller’s Nanosphere in the body and C-change waterproof/breathable material over the shoulders for weather protection.  My initial forays in the jacket demonstrated a huge leap in breathability due to the softshell panels around the torso.  Perfect for touring and mountaineering where moving the moisture out is a primary concern.  Beware, though, you will likely need to rethink your layering system underneath; I’d recommend adding at least a wind vest for touring or maybe a down sweater for skiing inbounds.  With colors chosen to last beyond trends, this jacket should be a favorite for years to come.



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