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Black Diamond Helio 116 Ski

Brand: Black Diamond
Model: Helio 116
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Availability: Fall - Notify Me
Price: $949.95

Some days, when the snow report is talking about feet instead of inches and it just won't stop nuking, you've got to be brave, put the lycra and 65mm skis away, and shred some pow. On days like that, if you have to go fat, go fat. With a waist clocking in at 116mm, the Black Diamond Helio 116 is just about the widest ski to cross the threshold of our shop. This ski is meant to surf, float, and bounce its way down the mountain, with the early rise tip and tail rocker being suited perfectly for deep and soft snow. With a full 5mm sidewall and traditional camber underfoot, the Helio 116 holds an edge well for a ski of its size, but really shines in soft snow, no matter how you ski it. The woodcore with some overlayed carbon is surprisingly stiff underfoot and through the tail, with a progressively softer feel the closer you get to the tip. Don't worry, the race skis aren't going anywhere-- but it's OK to float once in a while.

  • Very friendly flex pattern stays stiff from the tail to underfoot, and progressively gets softer towards the tip, ideal for surfy skiing in soft snow.
  • Redesigned carbon overlay, which was redone in order to create a simpler and consistent flex pattern, as well as to increase the dampness of the ski.
  • Traditional camber underfoot and full 5mm beveled sidewall construction give this ski an edge that will hold up to that icy couloir on the way to the untracked pow fields below.
  • If you're notoriously hard on your skis, good news! The tail is covered by an ABS protector that extends to any surfaces the tail clip may touch, perfect for chronic gear abusers.
  • With a ski this wide and a tip this rockered, you'll be the one in the crew best suited to break trail on those deep, deep days. Yes, we put this last hoping you wouldn't see it. Good luck!
Specifications
Lengths (cm) 166, 176, 186
Weight
-> ounces
1450g [166]
1550g [176]
1650g [186]
Weight (pair) 2900g [166]
3100g [176]
3300g [186]
Dimensions 141-116-125 [166]
143-116-126 [176]
145-116-126 [186]
Turn Radius 23m [166]
24m [176]
25m [186]
Skin Fix Round tip, tail clip notch
Design
Profile 339-380mm rockered tip, 241-270mm "Semi Rocker" tail
Shape Long radius with tapered tail
Construction Pre-preg carbon layup
Core Balsa wood
Skimo Co Says
Usage Deep, Steep powder
Notes Big floaty ski for high speed powder runs
Bottom Line What to take to Alaska

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