As the lightest and skinniest member of the Helio family, the 88 is the fastest to the top and the quickest to turn. It’s the ideal choice for long-distance or high-altitude winter tours, plus spring mountaineering season. It shares the Sidewall Dampening System of the other Helio skis which is what makes them feel like a beefier ski. The full length ABS sidewalls improve the impact resistance and offer and secure edge hold. Those are important features when you’re high on a mountain with just one way down. The Helio 88 skis are versatile, easy-to-handle, and just plain fun.
Update 2018/19: Along with a graphics update the ski had its layup tweaked for a bit more dampening. Weight went up 2-3 ounces per ski.
|Lengths (cm)||158, 168, 178|
|Weight (pair)||2470g 
|Turn Radius||17m 
|Skin Fix||Round tip, reinforced flat-notch tail|
|Profile||240-270mm rockered tip, traditional camber w/ 129-143mm "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||Long distance touring|
|Notes||Full sidewall construction has great edge hold|
|Bottom Line||All around mountaineering ski for high altitude adventures|