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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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Live Ski Repeat

Sharp End Shell is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 25.
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 Workhorse I bought this shell for Search and Rescue ops. Needless to say it comes out when the weather is at its worst. It went through the ringer Saturday night in the driving rain, high wind, and thick underbrush during a ropes rescue. Not only did it work flawlessly with my harness, helmet, and chest rig, it breathed well, dumped heat out of the long pit zips, and didn't show any wear after many scraps and rubs against the rocks and thick brush as we hauled the patient back up the mountain in the stokes basket. I can't brag enough on the toughness of the material. If you are looking for a bombproof shell that will keep you dry go for the Sharp End.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of any brand I have tried! Worth every penny. I have several hardshell jackets, but I believe the BD Sharp End is the best of the bunch. Everything you could want from a shell is provided in one high-quality jacket: very low pack weight, supreme weather protection, fantastic mobility for climbing or skiing, and durability for hard use. I am 6'0", 190 with an athletic, but muscular build. For BD layers, I am a solid XL. I ordered this in Large since the cut is more generous as a shell. My recommendation is to size down if you are using modern layering insulation underneath (not the big, puffy down). It is cut with plenty of room for layers.
Date published: 2018-10-31
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 Was excellant - now even better I've been using gre-tex shells since they were invented in New England on Mt Washington which is notorious for sudden blasts of arctic weather to Swirtzerland, on 400 meter + peaks and Nepal to Everest. Black Diamond gear is among the best and the present Sharp End Shell is a significant improvement. It's cut roomier, allowing layering of insulation such as the Cold Forge hooded down withoth free movement. The pockets (that are vanishing from competing shells) are great - you can have fast access to a cell or satellite phone , and tow gloves when needed. Hood works without cutting off vision. all in all it's great.
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable I bought this jacket in order to climb Mont Blanc and was blown away with its versatility. I spent the whole 36 hours on the mountain in this jacket. At the base, while it was raining, I wore it as rain shell with the vents open and was extremely comfortable. At higher altitudes I added a few under layers and continued to summit in it with rain and snow coming down. The whole entire way I was dry and warm. On top of that despite rubbing up against rock during the scramble up the material held up amazingly. Finally, when I put it in my bag at the end of the day it packed down so small and was so light it felt like nothing was there. Overall, I cannot recommend this jacket enough. It was a product that will last me for a lifetime that I will take with me on all of my future adventures.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic jacket, fit could be better I use this jacket daily in jackson hole. This thing keeps wind and snow out like a dream. 2 complaints: the pit zips are very difficult to open due to their starting location. And the length is a little weird.. I keep having to pull the jacket down beneath my pack. A couple more inches on the torso length would be great. Overall, very happy with my purchase
Date published: 2018-02-27
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
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