Why We Chose The Black Diamond Vision Hybrid Hoody: Versatile, lightweight, great warmth to weight ratio
Designed to be thrown on – and kept on – during a day of high intensity, the Black Diamond Vision Hybrid Hoody is made to breathe and move around you, all while keeping you warm when you slow down. How does it do this? Well, one piece of the puzzle includes a NASA-developed technology, so let’s dive straight into the fabric chat.
Starting with Aerogel, this is the technology that NASA developed to put into their space suits thanks to its incredible insulating properties. It’s a silicone-based solid with a porous, sponge-like structure (so much so that 99.8% of its volume is empty space). To put things into perspective, aerogel is said to be 1,000 times less dense than glass, making it the world’s lightest solid.
But where does all of this fit into a technical midlayer? Well, Black Diamond has brought it in, in combination with Primaloft’s pinnacle insulation, PrimaLoft Gold, in order to provide the best warmth to weight ratio possible. Aerogel is pretty costly stuff, so the 90 grams of PrimaLoft Gold far outweigh the space-worthy material, but it’s still an interesting concept to bring to a technical synthetic insulated midlayer.
Protecting this unique insulating material is Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) that brings reinforced durability in high abrasion areas (the red panels of the jacket). LCPs can essentially create synthetic fibres that are extremely high in strength and, most importantly, resistant to wear. The most famous use of LCPs in fabrics has to be Kevlar – the stuff they build bulletproof vests from.