Black Diamond BDV (2015)

Black Diamond are probably better known in this country for accessories (in particular their walking poles) than clothing. But you will see more and more of their jackets hitting UK stores this spring, and the BDV (which stands for Black Diamond Vertical) is a perfect example of their innovative approach. It’s a robust, slim-cut jacket that feels fantastic as both mid-layer and outer. The secret is the Schoeller stretch-woven fabric, which is supple, flexible, highly abrasion-resistant and very breathable. It also beads nicely in the rain and dries out quickly afterwards. That’s a fairly magical mix, especially on a high-level or long-distance walk. There’s super-soft fleece lining around the neck and chin, and a decent-sized chest pocket for phone or GPS. No other pockets, though: this is a functional jacket for rucksack wearers, rather than an everyday throw-on.


Weight: 392g

Fabric: Schoeller soft shell C

olours: Black, red, green

Women’s version: Yes (Dawn Patrol)

Contact: 01572 772436


A tough, flexible, breathable jacket that is great for hill-walks and long-distance hiking. 

Originally reviewed by Nick Hallissey in Country Walking April 2015