Two years in a row. Bone chilling, toe numbing, fingers frozen, minus 30 degrees- pretty much sums up our life in the U.P. The irony is that what makes for perfect ice producing conditions, doesn’t always make for comfortable climbing conditions. Thankfully our friends over at Black Diamond developed super-warm, insulated pants for teeth-chattering, feet-stomping belay sessions. Think of it as a sleeping bag for your legs!
Built with PrimaLoft Silver Hi-Loft insulation and designed to layer over a pair of shell pants, the Stance Belay Pants insulate even when wet and compresses down easily when it’s time to move on to your next route. Full side zippers make for easy on and off while wearing crampons, and an integrated, adjustable belt dials in a secure fit over varying layers.
If you’re an ice climber and are making trips to the U.P. or Canada and don’t already own insulated belay pants, trust us, invest in some. You’ll be amazed at how much warmer these keep you and your feet, enabling you to stay out longer and climb more!
The Stance Belay Pant will be available to fondle and drool over at the Ice Fest headquarters. Stop by the BD booth and talk with Jon, the Midwest Sales Rep, and ask him how he survived a damn cold belay last year during a Sam Elias first ascent of Fallen Feather at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Our guess is that it involves the Stance Belay Pant!
If you have ever climbed along the southern shore of Lake Superior in February you know that temperatures can be brutal. The north winds screaming across the lake can make even the saltiest of climbers whimper in their boots- this sure ain’t no sunny Colorado climbing! To endure these temperatures the smart climbers invest in the best gear….and that just might be the new belay parka from Black Diamond. The Stance Parka is a warm synthetic parka designed to withstand the cold temperatures encountered at a snowy frozen belay stance. It’s designed long and baggy, so there is really no need to size up. The unique hand pockets are sewn in between the two layers of PrimaLoft so your hands stay toasty warm, a great feature that your climbing partners will love while leading Twin Towers.
Designed to endure bail-worthy belay conditions on single-pitch ice routes and massive alpine objectives alike, the Black Diamond Stance Belay Parka lets you hunker down while your partner battles it out on the sharp end. Our warmest insulated jacket, the Stance is filled with two independent layers of lightweight, highly compressible PrimaLoft Synergy®insulation that provide sleeping-bag level warmth, even when wet. A two-way center front zip lets you wear the jacket over your harness while belaying, and oversized hand, chest and internal drop pockets accommodate gloves, water bottles and other essentials.
- Adjustable, climbing helmet-compatible hood
- Two zippered chest pockets, two zippered hand pockets, two internal drop pockets, internal stretch media pocket
- Stretch gusset cuffs
- Two-way front zipper
- Drawcord hem
Don’t forget you can check out all the brand new Black Diamond apparel at this years Michigan Ice Fest!