Established in 1957, Black Diamond is an employee-owned manufacturer of equipment for rock climbing, alpinism and free ride skiing. It has achieved ISO 9001 certification. The company offers a variety of harnesses, stoppers, wired hexes, helmets, ice gears, pads, bags, gloves, trekking poles, head lamps and tents. Black Diamond also provides clothing materials, such as hats, caps, T-shirts, belts, pants and shorts. It offers prescription sunglasses, vacuum bottles, mountain spectacles, nut tools, padded gear slings and Chinese exercise balls. The company specializes in climbing and free ride ski gears. Black Diamond has received the Skier s Choice Award from Powder Magazine.