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Designed for fast-moving alpine minimalists, the Sharp End Shell is our lightweight GORE-TEX Pro jacket. Its trimmed-down features and all-terrain face fabric place an emphasis on packability, while it remains functional and durable for everyday alpine use. READ MORE
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Designed for fast-moving alpine minimalists, the Sharp End Shell is our lightweight GORE-TEX Pro jacket. Its trimmed-down features and all-terrain face fabric place an emphasis on packability, while it remains functional and durable for everyday alpine use. Learn More


When the terrain requires lightweight speed and dexterity but the conditions demand full protection, the Black Diamond Sharp End Shell serves as the ideal armor. Combining a lightweight face fabric with the durable waterproof breathable protection of GORE-TEX Pro, the Sharp End is trimmed down and packable. A full underarm gusset adds a superior range of motion for high reaches on route. Cohaesive cord-lock technology in the hood and hem allows for fast, one-handed adjustments, while chest, harness-compatible hand and internal pockets make for ample and versatile storage.
  • Integrated Cohaesive™ cord management system
  • Climbing-helmet-compatible hood
  • Brushed microsuede collar lining
  • Under arm gussets for added range of motion
  • Zip chest pocket and two zip hand pockets
  • Internal stretch media pocket with cord port
  • Two-way armpit zip vents
  • Custom-molded cuff tabs
  • Primary fabric is bluesign approved
  • Weight: 455 g
  • Fit: Regular
  • Size: S-XL

Tech Specs

Materials :   GORE-TEX® Pro 3L, 70d nylon plain-weave face with a nylon micro-grid backer and DWR finish (140 gsm, 100% nylon)
Weight :   455 g (1 lb)
Country of Origin :   China
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We trust what we make because we use what we make. If for any reason, you’re not 100% satisfied with your Black Diamond apparel, we’ll repair, replace or refund it. No charge. No fine print. No debate. Guaranteed.

Sharp End Shell is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Do You Beat This? I tried numerous high end shells from reputable brands before landing on the Sharp End. Why this one? (1) Fit- Apparantly BD has employed the correct designers for this task (2) Fabric- Goretex Pro is no-brainier (I have experience w this fabric) Safe for any conditions: extreme cold/wind, rain, cool sun protection at ski area w vents open and t-shirt beneath. (3) Lightweight- one pound #?! And for this weight the fabric is substantial enough for use in wind and resort skiing where other similar weight shells can be flimsy. (4) Appearance- The green color (whatever they call it it) is visible but not gawdy. All said, I was happy to finally find this jacket.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helped save a life. Hurricane Harvey came through Houston. My grandfather was stuck in his house with five feet of water in it. This jacket helped me stay warm and dry while fighting torrential rains and horrific winds. Not only did it help me get to him, it helped warm him back up on the mile voyage back to high ground. Thank you BD for a fantastic product. I'll be a lifelong customer.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nailed it. Fit, Hood, Underarm gusset are all spot on. I specifically like the length of the sleeves, neck cut when fully zipped, and torso length (below the illiac crest about 6 inches). I'm 6'2 180 and the Size L is appropriate- I would not size up or down. It will layer a Cold Forge for AK expeditions, cut is good for backcountry laps, and the underarm gusset is spot on for swinging tools. An upgrade from the Front Point shell which they warrantied out from a broken zipper. BD also changed the zipper pulls to a girthed pull which is another plus. Black looks good and branding is discrete.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp End Shell - Great I've used this shell skinning laps in the Utah backcountry. I've also used it in full dad (4kids) mode at the resort. For my money there is no better hardshell jacket than the BD Sharp End. Super durable. I have abused it in the backcountry whipping through early season brush and tight tree lines and it shows no signs of my cruelty. I wear this over the BD Hot Forge Jacket and the fit/warmth/wicking is top notch. I know this won't mean much to the non-locals (Utah) but the added value that I'm supporting a local company and the comfort knowing that the warranty shop is just down the road has kept me a BD fan for years. BD is always top notch with all warranty related issues. The BD Sharp End is best fitting shell I've owned. I'm 5'10" 165 and medium is just right. The jacket packs down well for the quality of the build. The GORE-TEX waterproof membrane has kept me dry in the harshest conditions. I suppose if there is any negative I would say the fabric doesn't have much give so proper sizing is key.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits and functions well. Frankly I chose this shell over other models because it was the color I wanted. Making the logo the same color is subtle and discreet. Nice. I was pleased to find that it's sized well, made well, and does what it claims. I'm 6'2", 195lb dry, slightly positive ape index, and size L fits just right. In particular the torso is long enough to make this a good shell for skiing. There are lighter shells out there but this one is a versatile balance of weight and burl.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bombproof hardshell I looked at a lot of other hardshells before deciding to purchase this one, defiantly the best bang for your buck. I love the cord management system and the GoreTex Pro fabric. Another great product from Black Diamond, I'm looking forward to using this hardshell on my upcoming trip to Gros Morne, NL up in the mountains.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate ski touring set up! I have been in the market for a ski kit that can handle everything from low angle powder laps to technical alpine approaches, and the gamut of variable weather that one finds in the journey to a Colorado 14,000' summit. I tried the Dynafit Huascaran/Beast kit and liked the design and simplicity, but the durability was terrible. Even glancing a rock or ski edge would produce tearing and seam blowouts. When the Sharp End came out this year and I was able to handle it in person I knew it was the one. It was like BD read my mind! Same simple design, better pocket placement, and bomber material to boot! I've now put it through a couple mild tours, a few days in snow pits, a winter 14er, and even on rappel through a rocky couloir. Tough as nails, keeps me dry as a bone, totally windproof, and the fit and cut are perfect for any kind of winter activity you can through at it. I am 6' 170 pounds, athletic build and I wear medium in the jacket and pants with just enough room to be comfortable.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean and Simple 6', 200# and the large size fits perfectly. Have been out in nasty conditions and bluebird conditions and the jacket adapts. Hood works great. Also got the Sharp End pants and am equally happy with their performance.
Date published: 2017-03-08
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