The lighter-and-more-packable story is one that’s often told in outdoor gear. Companies have been using it since Eddie Bauer (the man, not the company) invented the down jacket in the 1930s, and you can count on them to continue to champion the message for as long as gear is made. But the thing is, it never gets old. Especially when a company like Black Diamond creates something like the new Deploy Wind Shell, a wind-cutting shield of a layer that weighs only 1.7 ounces.
To put that into perspective, the iPhone SE, Apple’s smallest smartphone, weighs more than double that at four ounces. Hell, your keys probably weigh more than 1.7 ounces. The Deploy doesn’t fill an ultra-technical niche that’s only home to professional athletes either; it’s a versatile layer that has the potential for year-round use (windchill can be enough to cause cold-related injuries such as frostbite). Black Diamond was able to get to that low weigh-in by working closely with its fabric makers and by using YKK’s Super Lightweight Zipper.
The Deploy is new for 2019, but right now Backcountry is offering shoppers a discount on one full-priced item with the code TAKE20SUMMER, which means you can get it for 20 percent off.
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