Best known for its skiing and climbing equipment, Black Diamond launched a clothing line this fall. It’s not the company’s first foray into fashion, but it is the first time the brand committed to an entire line – and the line is excellent: technical enough for outdoor pursuits, but comfortable and unassuming enough for everyday wear. It’s camping apparel gone covert.
The CoEfficient Vest is one of our favorites, a versatile layering piece for any number of fall activities. Essentially a fleece vest, the CoEfficient’s Polartec PowerDry High Efficiency fabric has a tightly woven outer surface that helps deflect wind and weather. The interior of the minimal vest features a soft lining that sucks up sweat, spreading it out to dry; textured pods, a Black Diamond exclusive, help boost the vest’s heat retention. It provided a comfortable hug of warmth and, with lots of built in stretch, never restricted us, even when we lunged for an overhead catch in a fall game of pickup or extending to reach handholds while climbing in Squamish, British Columbia. [$120; blackdiamondequipment.com]