Black Diamond – Helio 95

The future of skis? Micro-weight and proper performance from cunning carbon construction, which we just happen to know is going mainstream in a year or so… Black Diamond have been making carbon skis for a few seasons with varying success; always light, inevitably excellent off-piste but sometime not flexing right to ski effortlessly. The Helio range seems to have cracked that, though you still need to be tuned in to get them biting on harder snow. They’re so light they tend to skitter compared with a wooden ski, which is why we’ve picked the 95 as the model to go for. The profile seems to make the very best of the weight advantages without compromising too much on icy descents. A sound reason for going light is to get some more width underfoot without killing the uphill performance, and that’s what we love about the 95s. Best thing about the Helio range? The insane screaming noise they make at pace!

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