The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive flex come from a carbon fiber wrap around a balsa flax core, protected by a full ABS sidewall. As importantly, the Helios are easy to ski with a modern shape and rockered tip. BD designed the skis to have technical chops but not be too demanding. The result is a ski you can trust to ski big lines in variable conditions. Of course, with a generous underfoot width, the 95mm version is pretty fun in powder too.
Update 2018/19: Along with a graphics update the ski had its layup tweaked for a bit more dampening. Weight went up a couple ounces per ski (new weights listed on Specs tab).
|Lengths (cm)||163, 173, 183|
|Weight (pair)||2630g 
|Turn Radius||18m 
|Skin Fix||Round tip, reinforced flat-notch tail|
|Profile||303-340mm rockered tip, traditional camber w/ 221-245mm "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|
|Notes||Rubber in the sidewall behind heel for dampness|
|Bottom Line||Go anywhere, do anything, all day|