Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell ReviewApril 27, 2016
- Comfortable mobility
- Low profile/trim fit
- Savvy hood
- Narrow at hem
- Noisy fabric
Simplicity is a virtue and the Liquid Point takes it to an art form. The clean design hides most of the features we like in a jacket. The Gore-Tex Paclite fabric is an all around winner, scoring high in storm protection, breathability, being light weight and durability. It’s great as a summer jacket, but runs a little trim for lots of layers or for the stocky among us.
The 2.5 layer Paclite is now a tried and tested veteran of the Gore line up. We know it performs well in heavy rain and persistently wet environments. BD pairs it with splash resistant zips on the front and pockets. And the hood is awesome. With double adjustment points on each side we could cocoon in there even with a helmet on.
Like its weather shedding ability, Paclite may not be the best but it’s a runner up. We find it ditches heat and sweat quickly, but the slick interior does tend to get a little clammy when the pulse quickens for long periods. Pit zips help when things get hot.
As we mentioned the hood is awesome. The two hand pockets sit in a perfect position for accessing without interfering with a harness or pack straps. The cuffs are low profile, easily sliding into gloves. BD replaced the exterior chest pocket with an interior one. It took a bit of getting used to, but in some ways it may even better for storing a phone providing good protection and better warmth for the batteries. Designed for climbing and other vertical pursuits, it’s cut not to move when reaching—our belly and wrists are thankful. But the bottom hem is snug and the overall cut is quite trim. It was great for thinner testers, but more muscular guys found it a tad narrow, especially when layering up for cooler weather.
Despite being a 2.5-layer, Paclite has proven itself to be a tough membrane. We bashed it around in the bush and it still looks new.
At 15 ounces it’s far from the lightest shell we’ve tested, but nor is it heavy. It packs down to the size of a mini watermelon.