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.
Recap of WildSnow posts during week of 11/3 – 11/7/2014: