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Black Diamond Cirque 84 Ski

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Tuckerman Ravine sits on the eastern side of New Hampshire's Mount Washington and is home to some of New England's most iconic ski lines, from the infamous Headwall to the perennial favorite Hillman's Highway. It's also a glacially-carved cirque -- a remnant of the last ice age, when a thick sheet of ice pushed down from Washington's summit along with thousands of tons of glacial debris, creating the steep-sided steep-skiing paradise we know today. Skiers flocking to Tuckerman Ravine every spring would be right to look at Black Diamond's new Cirque 84, a versatile mountaineering ski with a preference for steep and firm. Taking its cue from BD's previous offerings in the mid-fat category, the Cirque 84 uses a paulownia wood core and a hybrid sidewall/cap construction to provide a powerful and stable feel underfoot, but at a much lower weight and with a handy tip notch for quicker transitions. Whether you're dropping into a steep face at corn o'clock, or setting off on the Ortler Traverse, get a pair of Cirques on your feet and get ready to be impressed.

  • Paulownia wood core and pre-preg carbon is a proven combo for ultralight skis, and BD added a titanal mounting plate to finish the sandwich.
  • Angular sidewalls pair with cap construction to increase durability and provide a powerful, stable feel.
  • White topsheet sheds snow, even when the May sun is beating down on you.
  • The flat tail provides solid edge hold on bulletproof snow and is easy to insert into a pack loop for #booterfriday.
  • Pair with a tip-rip skin for race-speed transitions in the backcountry.
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 157, 164, 171, 178
Weight
convert to ounces
1040g [171]
Weight (pair) 2080g [171]
Dimensions 112-84-102 [157]
114-84-103 [164]
115-84-104 [171]
117-84-105 [178]
Turn Radius 17.5m [157]
18.5m [164]
19.5m [171]
20.5m [178]
Skin Fix Tip Notch
Specs Verified 171 Only
Design
Profile All conditions tip rise, flat tail, moderate camber
Shape Round tip, medium radius, slight tapered tail
Construction Ultralight Pre-preg carbon fiber layup, 5 mm beveled partial ABS sidewalls with semi-cap construction
Core Engineered paulownia wood core
Skimo Co Says
Usage Steep skiing,fast and light
Notes ABS tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab
Bottom Line Ultralight machine that can pick off technical couloirs
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Questions & Reviews

11/26/2020
TSB (used product a few times)
 
While Black Diamond may be much better known for their Wasatch-romping, wide-bodied powder skis, it would be a mistake to write off this climbing-world giant when it comes to skinny mountaineering skis. With the new Cirque ski line for 2020, BD has finally proved that all their years of interrogating steep-skiing luminaries such as Andrew Maclean for their ski-testing feedback didn't go to waste and that their designers have what it takes to compete with the Euro brands in the low-/mid-fat categories. Testing the new Cirque skis last spring, I was especially impressed with the mixture of precision and ferocity that the Cirque 84 demonstrated in mixed conditions, ranging from unyielding windboard to sludgy, unconsolidated mank. The ski took little input to pivot or tack around, even when paired with skimo race boots, but could hold a line traversing or straight-lining without difficulty. There's an effective balance of rocker/early rise in the tip that likes to rise up and plane out of the snow with little effort, mated to a relatively aggressive camber profile that wants to whip around from edge to edge. The tail is supportive, but not crazy stiff; you can definitely pilot the ski out of the backseat if that is your cup o' tea, much as you would with a "race-plus" ski such as the Movement Race Pro 85, but the ski can also reward a more forward/front-seat position รก la Blizzard Zero G 85.

You could go up a size for that Blizzard-esque, straight-down-the-fall-line vibe, and to pair with bigger touring boots and more powerful technique; or down a size if you just can't quit your racer sensibilities and want to mount closer to pin-line and run race boots. For this season I chose to size down on the ski to give it more of a race-ski-ish feel and to match the spiritual center of my quiver, the Movement Gold Fish/Race Pro 71. I'll be using the Cirque 84 in a 171cm paired with Kreuzspitze/Ski Trab hybrid race binding, Colltex mohair skins and Alien 1.1 boots for much of my "day to day" touring up high this winter. Looking forward to putting the ski through its paces and seeing if it deserves a place among the mid-fat pantheon.
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