Black Diamond First Light Jacket Review
The Black Diamond First Light Jacket is a light synthetic insulated jacket that was designed to be able to take the place of a multiple layering system. This jacket incorporates a 60 gram Primoloft Silver insulation throughout the jacket with a Schoeller stretch nylon with a Nanosphere outer shell and inner lining that’s designed to repel water while allowing moisture to escape from the inside.
Black Diamond First Light Performance
I’ve tested this jacket out while out on all day ski tours, fast and light ski tour workouts, winter hikes and used the jacket for casual use. Through all my uses, I found the Black Diamond First Light Jacket to perform as intended. The jacket was not overly warm while skinning, which was nice not to be a sweaty mess after moderate activity in temps ranging between 0-30F degrees. In temps above 30F, I found the jacket to get a little warm, but I tend to skin in a mid layer in temperatures above 30F, so take this with a grain of salt. One of the ways the jacket breathes is through tiny holes on the inside liner that allow heat and moisture to escape to the next layer.
For less strenuous activities, this jacket keeps you warm in moderate winter temperatures(15-45F), but it won’t replace your big puffy jacket in more frigid temps. With the water repelling outer layer, the jacket keeps melting snow or freezing rain from penetrating the jacket. This will wear off over time and it will need to be retreated, but this is the same with all waterproof and water resistant material.
The Black Diamond First Light jacket is a little boxy compared to other synthetic jackets on the market. I find the material to be a little less stretchy compared to other similar jackets from Patagonia and TNF in my testing. Instead of creating a jacket with less seems that stretches, this jacket has more angled cuts that try to contour the average body shape. While I wanted to love the jacket as it is the first time I tested out a Black Diamond jacket, I found that this jacket fit more like an old Members Only jacket, which was a bit of a dissapointment. The fit doesn’t impact the performance in my opinion, it’s speaks more to the look, a less sporty and athletic look.
The BD First light has features that you will see in most performance jackets on the market. It has two zippered side pockets and one inside zippered chest pocket that you can also turn inside out and store the entire jacket in. All pockets have ample room standard items such as cell phones, energy bars and gels, compass, headlamp, etc. There is an elastic cinch strap at the hem of the jacket to keep out cold breezes and snow.
As mentioned, before, this was my first introduction to testing out Black Diamond apparel and I had high expectations given my previous experience Black Diamond’s hardgoods quality. The BD First Light Jacket was neither a complete disappointment nor a wow! in my opinion. For more information on the Black Diamond First Light Jacket and other BD apparel, visit blackdiamondequipment.com.