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Sharp End Shell - Women's

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Technical design and high-performance GORE-TEX Pro fabric prepare the Sharp End Shell for rigorous expedition use. With a lightweight construction, the jacket is easily stowable, and durable features make it the ideal piece for all-season 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. Full length underarm gussets add range of motion for on-route overhead reaches. 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 on back of neck and chin
  • YKK® reverse coil PU coated zipper
  • Underarm gussets for added range of motion
  • Elbow articulation for forward mobility
  • Zip chest pocket, two zip hand pockets and one internal drop pocket
  • Two-way armpit zip vents
  • Custom-molded cuff tabs
  • Primary fabric is bluesign approved
  • Weight: 395 g
  • Fit: Regular
  • Size: XS-XL

Tech Specs

Tech Specs

Materials :   GORE-TEX® Pro 3L, 70d plain-weave face with a nylon micro-grid backer and DWR finish (140 g/m2, 100% nylon)
Weight :   395 g (13.9 oz)
Country of Origin :   China



Live Ski Repeat

Sharp End Shell - Women's is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This jacket is amazing. I also have the Sharp End Shell Pants. They've trekked to Everest Basecamp, circumnavigated Iceland, weeks in the rain in Ireland, driving winds and rain in Patagonia.....I stay dry as a bone every time. I'm a landscape photographer so I'm always dragging myself and lots of heavy photography equipment over rocks and scooting on my rear down banks and plowing through briars. Not a single snag. I'm frequently out in the elements for hours - often waiting on driving rain to pass - dry as a bone. I live in two locations and these two are so good, i'm actually forking the bucks out to have another jacket/pants set at my other location.
Date published: 2019-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid Jacket 5'6, slim build, bought an XS. Fits perfectly. Pros: roomy sleeves allow down jackets to maintain their loft when worn underneath, cut is flattering and practical, hood fits well over a helmet, longer length in body means you stay covered with arms lifted. Unlike other shells, the zipper is not prone to sticking. Love the colour (amethyst). Cons: mine is an older model which does not have a chest pocket or an interior pocket. At the time this didn't seem like a big deal, but the loss of functionality in the field is really noticeable and this jacket is now only worn for commuting. I wish I had waited a year or two to buy one! Mesh in the pit zip area would be a nice add in future models, too.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fab Jacket Really great jacket! A good answer to some other top end brands, with a lot more bang for your buck. Very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good jacket, but does not last; Not worted It used to be a great jacket until it reached 2 years old. After that, the layers started to un fold. After 4 years, where the fabric un folded, it lost his waterproofness and most of the zipper head broke. I thought that a GoreTex Pro fabric was necessarily life warrantied... Make sure to return it before you reach your 3 years warranty offered by BD.
Date published: 2020-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A well built jacket but a little short for skiing I brought this as a replacement shell for my backcountry jacket. The fit is really nice and it feels well made. However the jacket fits quite short if you are considering using it for skiing and riding and with no snow skirt it would funnel the snow up there. I think it would be great for other alpine sports, but not ones with
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket a little tight in the hips. I love the jacket but I think it would be nice if there was more room in the hips. It is nice that the jacket is long but it needs more shape. It might also be nice if it had a double zipper so that it could zip up to accommodate wider hips. I love the material. I bought the pants last year and they still look brand new. I am very hard on my equipment/clothing and my black diamond skis are the reason I gave the clothing a chance. So far I am very happy with my purchases.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit and function! The Sharp End is the perfect shell for backcountry ski touring and ice climbing. I love how long the sleeves are and while the overall shape is fairly trim, I can fit many layers under it. I'm also very happy with the pit zips, they make this a great active layer.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Great goretex nice cut really well design never leave without in the backcountry
Date published: 2018-08-12
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