Black Diamond’s line of Helio bindings is exciting and the 180 represents an impressive amount of innovation and versatility, all while staying below the 200g benchmark. First, choose your release value: 6, 8, or 10. Next, feel how simple it is to enter a toe-piece that only has springs on one wing, and feel the smooth operation of the toe-lever as you lock it into uphill mode. Then, adjust the heel to whichever boot you want to use that day. Finally, go ski anything you feel like for years to come because it’s durable and has easily-replaceable wear-items. It even has multiple riser-heights: a flat-mode plus two climbers. If the standard race-style heel-flap isn’t cutting it for you, spin the heel piece 180° and reverse the heel flap for a third position and a boost up the hill. The Black Diamond Helio 180 comes with a pair of adjustment plates, crampon receptors, and leashes, making it a more versatile version of the 145 (otherwise it’s the same aside from the color).
Your choice of 6, 8, or 10 in release strength, both lateral and vertical.
Included adjustment plates and leashes for BSL changes and security.
Monolink toe piece is as powerful and smooth as it is light.
Replaceable steel fork is durable and easily swapped.
Speed touring, weekly racing, adventure skiing, light 'n fast use and abuse, grand course racing
Extra riser accessed by spinning heel piece 180°
Helio 145 with bonus features.
How hard is it to rotate the heal piece. And does a higher din setting make it more difficult to rotate? I tried rotating the heal piece unmounted (din 10) and it was almost impossible to rotate. Thanks
Hi David, while we don't have a Newton-meter measurement to give you for the lateral release on the Helio 180, the 10 release-value on the Helio 145/180 will definitely be harder to rotate than the 6 or 8. You may also be experiencing difficulties with the machined detents on the heel piece. Feel free to fill out our Binding Finder to get a recommendation on what might work well for you!
How usable is the flat touring mode on this binding? Is there a detent? I read one review that mentioned hitting the back of the boot against the binding a lot in flat mode, but I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else.
Hey Michael! We've had good results with the Helio 180 (and its fixed-mount sibling, the Helio 145) going into flat mode using a small composite nubbin on the rear of the heel post that rotates through a track in the base and sits into a small detent in the rear of the binding. As with any binding, there is some risk that your ski will flex while in flat mode and your boot heel will hit the binding heel, but I wouldn't say it's a particular problem on the Helios.
Michael, if we're referencing the same review, that problem was because the reviewer mounted the binding backwards, as shown in the BD promotional picture. The plate difference is just cosmetic with the BD graphics. But the base of the binding pedestal is not symmetrical. If you look at the BD picture for the Helio 145, that orientation is correct. But in the picture for the BD 180, the plate needs to be flipped 180 degrees, and then the binding flipped 180 degrees on its pedestal. Otherwise, the contours of the heel unit when spun 90 degrees will not allow for sufficient clearance of the boot heel, as one part of the heel unit hits the boot heel before the rest of the heel unit. When mounted correctly, the contours of the binding are cleverly designed to mimic the contours of the boot heel when the binding is rotating 90 degrees.
Just got a set of these bindings on Voile V6 skis. I only have two laps on them, but I really like them! Very nice build quality, they work great, and are very light-weight. The single-sided swing arm design seems to make them easier to step into than other tech pin bindings I've tried. Nice that they include the adjustment plate for the heels. The flap gives you two different riser heights, but one is only a little higher than the other. If they made the flap a little differently (thicker), then the "spun" position could give more lift. Usually I don't need that, though.
I've loved the helio 180 binding. I've had them on helio 95 skis. It clips in and out smoothly. Until recently, it was a five star binding for me. I have skied them quite a few days this year and I had a few good drops in British Columbia. Now the articulating pins on both sides of the toe piece now works its way loose as I skin. It makes an annoying click when engaged and skinning. I have to be sure to check them, and often bang them into place before skiing down. I'm waiting to hear from BD warranty. Maybe I'll revise the stars based on my interaction with the warranty.
I'm not positive, but it looks like the rear baseplate (the part just on top of the adjustment plate) is mounted 180 degrees the wrong way in the photo. Most of the ATK photos have it mounted the other way around.
Can this be mounted without the rear adjustment plate? Will my local shop need a HELIO 180/145 specific jig in order to mount this or is the bolt pattern somewhat universal and similar to other more common bindings for which they might have a jog for? Thanks!
David. Your shop Would need a jig for Helio, Hagan or ATK bindings to mount any Helio. The adjustment plate on the 180 does not match up with any other binding. IF they do not have any jigs, mounting the 180 with the adjustment plate is easier. Mounting a fixed heel would not be recommended without a proper jig.
Hey TZed. It's definitely confusing. According to BD it sounds like the Helio 180 and 200 will both come with crampon receptors. We will see if that's accurate when the bindings show up in house, but it sounds like it's going to come with it.
Hey Alex! Not sure exactly as we haven't been able to measure it, but based on the similarities to other bindings and the thickness of the plate I am going to assume probably somewhere in the realm of 4-5mm. When we do measure it, it'll be here though, so keep an eye out for it there.