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Black Diamond Helio 95 Ski

Brand: Black Diamond
Model: Helio 95
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The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive flex come from a carbon fiber wrap around a balsa flax core, protected by a full ABS sidewall. As importantly, the Helios are easy to ski with a modern shape and rockered tip. BD designed the skis to have technical chops but not be too demanding. The result is a ski you can trust to ski big lines in variable conditions. Of course, with a generous underfoot width, the 95mm version is pretty fun in powder too.

  • Sidewall Dampening System integrates rubber behind the contact point to reduce chatter.
  • Pre-preg carbon fiber around a balsa flax wood core is torsionally stiff with a progressive flex.
  • 5mm thick ABS sidewalls are beveled to increase edge hold while protecting from edge damage.
  • Titanal mounting plate makes for reliable mounts, remounts, and possibly mounts after that.
  • Rounded tips and integrated skin-clip tab in the tail make it easy to fit skins to the skis.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 163, 173, 183
Weight
-> ounces
1240g [163]
1320g [173]
1420g [183]
Weight (pair) 2480g [163]
2640g [173]
2840g [183]
Dimensions 122-95-112 [163]
123-95-113 [173]
125-95-114 [183]
Turn Radius 18m [163]
19m [173]
20m [183]
Skin Fix Round tip, reinforced flat-notch tail
Specs Verified Yes
Design
Profile 303-340mm rockered tip, traditional camber w/ 221-245mm "Semi Rocker" tail
Shape Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail
Construction Flat sandwich with pre-preg carbon layup
Core Balsa flax wood core
Skimo Co Says
Usage All-day objectives
Notes Rubber in the sidewall behind heel for dampness
Bottom Line Go anywhere, do anything, all day
10/27/2016
Question from Simon
 
Hi there,
I'm really liking the look of the Black Diamond Helio 95 skis but would really appreciate some advice before making a decision. I'm short (163 cm) and light (64kg) and I'm thinking the 163 size would be perfect for mostly Euro touring and general use. I ski well but not fast or aggressively. Due to my light weight I don't want a really stiff ski. Do you think they would be a good choice? I also was wondering about the Cho Oyu which sound great but I think the 158 is a bit short and the 166 a bit long for kick turns on the steeps!
Any advice would be great,
Many thanks,
Simon
10/27/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Simon, that would certainly be a good size for you. While the Helio can handle relatively fast speeds, it's not overly stiff or demanding so I wouldn't be too concerned about being able to handle it.
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10/16/2016
Question from Jerry
 
How are you sizing these? 5.7, 150 lbs
10/16/2016
Answer from jbo
 
Hi Jerry, ideal length depends on planned usage. At your size I'd go with the 173 for all-around skiing, though you could get away with the shorter version for mountaineering.
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