For dedicated alpinists and ski mountaineers who are constantly striving to go faster while carrying less, our Helio Collection is stripped of excess for technical alpine objectives where every ounce counts.
Engineered to withstand the abuse of rugged mountain terrain and built using the most advanced materials available, the Helio Collection represents the core of what we do at Black Diamond.
Navigating crevassed glaciers, climbing over snow, ice and rock, and descending steep, no-fall terrain requires the full set of mountain travel skills, and as such, the Helio Collection encompasses the spectrum of essential equipment—from apparel and skis to packs and harnesses. It’s gear you can trust. Gear that holds up but won’t hold you back. The Helio Collection exists to help you go Lighter. Faster. Stronger.
The Helio Collection is all about equipment that maximizes performance and minimizes weight, and nothing represents this idea better than our Helio Series skis. Featuring four different sizes to cover the gamut of conditions and objectives, Helio skis are handmade in Austria with a pre-preg carbon fiber layup that offers incredible torsional stiffness and balanced flex in a lightweight package. The result is a collection of skis that won’t weigh you down on the skin track or the climb, and provides incredibly reliable and precise performance on steep, technical descents.
The Helio Collection Represents the core of what we do at Black Diamond.
The distillation of alpine weather protection, the Helio Shell is an ultralight yet incredibly durable shell layer that features GORE-TEX® waterproof and breathable fabric with an innovative C-Knit™ backer material that replaces the crunchy feeling of a traditional hardshell with a softer hand. Our lightest three-layer shell, the highly packable Helio has a streamlined feature set and harness-compatible design that’s ideal for alpinists and ski mountaineers. Two large chest pockets store essentials, while full-length pit zips quickly dump excess heat on the skin track or summit ridge.
Our lightest three-layer shell, ideal for alpinists and ski mountaineers.
Helio Alpine Shell
Helio 105 Carbon Ski
Cirque 35 Pack
An ultralight, low-profile and incredibly packable harness designed for glacier travel, technical ski descents and streamlined alpine missions, the Couloir embodies the Helio ethos by offering security and essential performance in a minimalist package. Built with our Fusion Comfort Technology, the Couloir features a Speed buckle on the waist and clip buckles on the leg loops to easily go on and off without removing your skis or crampons. Webbing gear loops and Ice Clipper slots secure all the necessary gear for going light-and-fast on technical alpine objectives.
Drawing on everything we’ve learned from more than 20 years of designing technical backpacks, the Cirque Series packs are the ideal transport for the Helio kit—streamlined, durable and ultralight packs that secure everything essential for big, serious ski mountaineering objectives. Compatible with our AvaLung Element (sold separately) for added avalanche safety, the Cirque packs feature lightweight ripstop Dynex™ fabric and a simple, single-pull top closure system for fast access. These stripped-down packs’ simple yet dynamic active suspension moves with you on the up or the down, and minimalist attachment points secure ice tools, piolets, skis, ropes and other alpine essentials.
Words: Andy Anderson
Photography: Adam Clark, Mark Fisher and Rueben Krabbe
Videography: Fisher Creative and Eric Daft