Black Diamond Carbon Aspect Ski
Black Diamond is starting to see the Light. With their new carbon fiber series of skis, you get BD durability and ski-ability with more tour-ability. The Carbon Aspect has these abilities and more, featuring a classic touring shape with a lightly rockered tip and traditional tail. It’s light enough to go far yet burly enough for less than ideal conditions. It’s also fun to ski.
Built with “flat sandwich” construction, the Aspect has a sidewall and is cut flat. The sidewall is in contrast to cap construction, offering improved edge hold and core protection. The flatness is in contrast to the Carbon Convert, e.g., which has 3D grooves running the length that tend to collect snow. Also sandwiched inside is a layer of carbon fiber that allows the ski to be torsionally stiff without leaving your legs stiff the next day. It’s an odd sandwich because it leaves you hungry for more.
- The 90mm width is the right one for one-ski quivers such as the Carbon Aspect.
- Semi-Rocker tip helps ski in 3D while not drastically shortening the running length.
- Paulownia wood core is wrapped with carbon fiber and pre-preg fiber glass.
- 5mm ABS sidewalls protect the core while transferring more power to the edges.
- Racing Edge is thinner to shave grams and sharp enough to shave your face/legs.
- SkinLock tail notches are flat, stainless steel tabs ready for most skin attachments.
- P-Tex 4000 base is reasonably durable and can handle more than one tune.
|Lengths (cm)||166, 176, 186|
|Weight (pair)||2450g 
||Round tip, reinforced flat-notch tail|
||Traditional camber w/ 260mm "Semi Rocker"|
||Rounded tip, medium radius, flat tail|
||Flat Sandwich w/ pre-preg carbon|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Notes||Racing edges save 80g per ski|
|Bottom Line||Lightweight, stable workhorse|
Questions & Reviews
I have some 176 Carbon Aspects that I intend to use for mountaineering / longest days in the backcountry where powder-seeking is not necessarily the end game. I like the camber and how that makes them glide uphill, but am struggling a little to get used to the "traditional" shape (flat tails, etc) on the downhill. Is there a common preference for boot center mounting relative to the factory line on these skis? I'm thinking of messing around with a forward-shifted binding mount. I'm pretty good at mounting bindings, but not great at understanding the tuning aspect.
my size is 180 cm but I'm a bit thin 65kg. so I just think that maybe aspect 166 is better choice for me than 176..
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