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Sharp End Shell

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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.


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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

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



Live Ski Repeat

Sharp End Shell is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bomb Proof This jacket is hands down the best jacket I've ever bought. There is absolutely nothing I'd change.
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Year Review I’ve used this jacket in a variety of settings for a year now. It’s kept me dry during a week long canoe through BC rainforests, Rocky Mountain squalls, and wet snows. Heavy duty enough that I don’t think twice about it when climbing sharp granite. Not as useful as a ski shell for me, but bomber for everything else. Packs down reasonably small. Would give it 5 stars if it doubled better for me as my primary ski shell as well (hood is a little funky with my ski helmet, works fine for my climbing helmet).
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very heavy duty Very sturdy construction, it is not really made to be fashionable in my opinion but it doesn't matter since it's work equipment in my case. Haven't tested the waterproof capability yet but I don't think the goretex pro will let me down.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket, small hood. This jacket is as promised but the hood and neck are to small to be useful for me. The value compared to other top brands is excellent.
Date published: 2019-12-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great fit, but lost waterproofing after 6 months I LOVED this jacket when I first got it. The fit is amazing, hood size is perfect, sleeve length, and looks stylish af when getting after it i nature. But after 6 months, it starting losing its waterproofing ability, so I started trying the various techniques to re-vamp it. Bought some product after I reached out to a rep, tried the in the dryer technique to re-activate the gortex, and nothing is working. So sad as I spent a small fortune and figured I'd have a solid jacket for at least 3 years. I still wear it all the time because its fit is amazing, but I would not recommend if you live in an area that rains a lot... You will not stay dry.
Date published: 2019-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Gortex shell Kept me dry though one of the wettest football games I’ve ever attended.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to hard Shell for the Chugach purchased this as my only hard shell for any time theres a good chance of precip. Light enough that I cant justify also have a lighter shell as well. The construction is bomber, gore tex pro does the job as designed. A bit baggier than some other big name technical hardshells. But all in all I love it. Pic is from Gold star Peak Here in Alaska
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Great jacket. Bought it for ice climbing but have done more alpine climbing due to summer be here. Save me a couple of time in the Dolomites from afternoon storms.
Date published: 2019-07-14
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