Black Diamond women’s kit is some of the most popular at Adventure Travel HQ, mostly because of the funky purple colour, that Black Diamond calls amethyst, that many of the products come in. And as well as looking great, the jacket does the job well too – as we would expect from the technical clothing and equipment company.
Weight is a key consideration of the jacket – it’s made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is waterproof and breathable while keeping weight down. There are two large handwarmer pockets, but no extra chest pocket for valuables; this is a shame, but it will contribute to keeping the jacket nice and light.
If a jacket is going to have pit zips for ventilation they need to be a decent size and the Liquid Point Shell’s are huge: great for when you’re overheating. The Velcro sleeves are wide too, so it’s easy to roll them up to allow more air in.
There’s a huge, helmet compatible hood with a slightly stiffened peak and plenty of adjustment. There’s a soft patch at the chin for when you’ve got the zip done up all the way. The hem adjusts through the pockets – I find it slightly easier when the adjustment is external but that’s only a small gripe.
The fit is nice and long, nearly covering the bum, and I like the reflective logos on the front, back and sleeve. And if for some unimaginable reason you don’t like the amethyst, the jacket is available in black or green too.