Black Diamond Session
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35% say it's too small, 65% say it's true to size.
Overview of this review
Black Diamond Session notable features
-The Black Diamond Session is an urban-inspired shoe designed for adventurers who wish to tackle approaches with as much freedom of movement as possible. Access to and from its comfy interior is a quick affair, thanks to its stretchy collar and collapsible heel.
-It uses a BD-owned outsole called BlackLabel-Street to provide wearers with enough sticking power on a variety of surfaces. Atop it is a molded midsole for underfoot cushioning.
Size and fit
A low-collared approach shoe for men and women is the Black Diamond Session. Its bootie has a sock-like construction, resulting in a snug enclosure for the user. Hikers can get a precise and secure fit in it using the shoe’s lacing system.
In the surface adherence department, the Black Diamond Session provides adequately with its rubberized outsoles, called BlackLabel-Street. It grants slip and skid resistance in practically every direction (especially on loose soil) with its diamond-shaped lugs. To give this component extra stickiness on smears, BD shoemakers furnished its front end with a climbing zone.
This approach-oriented piece from Black Diamond is equipped with a single-piece molded midsole for sufficient stability and comfort underfoot. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA)—a hard-wearing material characterized by crack resistance and a high rebound rate. It has enough thickness and springiness to mitigate shock on impact. A stock insole sits right on top of it for extra cushioning.
The Black Diamond Session’s below-the-ankle shell is made of high-grade knit fabric. It comes with two synthetic pull loops stitched securely to the shoe’s heel and tongue for on-and-off assistance. Its stretchy yet resilient heel panel allows users to wear the shoe like a slipper.
Taking point in this breathable component is a rubber rand. Its utility is two-fold—it protects the shoe from abrasive elements and supplies the wearer with ample toeing traction.
Its fit management system uses a heavy-duty synthetic lace. It is set through six pairs of eyelets, most of which are reinforced with metallic plating for durability.
Nice to know
-This breathable shoe is part of Black Diamond’s first batch of approach-focused kicks. It is also the first half of BD’s approach-slash-lifestyle line-up (the other half being the Black Diamond Circuit).
-Climbing folks who are knit fabric fans might want to complement their Sessions with a pair of Black Diamond Momentums.