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.
- Sidewall Dampening System integrates rubber behind the contact point to reduce chatter.
- Pre-preg carbon fiber around a balsa flax wood core is torsionally stiff with a progressive flex.
- 5mm thick ABS sidewalls are beveled to increase edge hold while protecting from edge damage.
- Titanal mounting plate makes for reliable mounts, remounts, and possibly mounts after that.
- Rounded tips and integrated skin-clip tab in the tail make it easy to fit skins to the skis.
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|
|Compare to other High-fat Skis|
Questions & Reviews
I was wondering what size you would recommend for me in the Helio 95. I am 5'7'' 139 lbs. I have been using Black Diamond Reverts 164 cm length and this seemed to work well but I know 163 is shorter. I am unsure if 163 cm or 173 would be better for me in the Helios. What do you recommend? I use them for resort skiing and a lot of touring, both ski mountaineering and easy tours. Thanks!
I'm coming from Fischer Transalp 82s and ski/climb in the Alien RS and would prefer not to get another boot.
Great to hear from you! The Helio 95 is a great all around ski, but given your objectives and your Alien RS boot choice (a definite staff favorite) I would suggest the Helio 88 as an option. The thinner profile will be happier in spring conditions and won't overpower your boots. For length, if you stick with the 95 I would go for the 173cm. It will still have plenty of float, but be easier to handle in trees, or tight chutes. For the Helio 88 I would suggest the 178cm option to keep you floating mid-winter and happy on the skin track at your height. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions. All the best!
Patrick // Skimo Co
Looking into the Helio ski build from Black Diamond is a great choice. If you want a "do everything" ski, then I would suggest going no wider than the Helio 95. Given your stature and desire to have a ski that will perform well in the Maritime snowpack of the Northwest it is worth considering the Helio 88 as well. The skinnier profile means weight savings in the ski, the skins and less surface area for snow build up on the top sheet. You won't shave pounds and pounds with the Helio 88, but it will be lighter and more maneuverable. Bottom line, the Helio 95 or Helio 88 are both great options for what you are looking to get in to!
***A huge bonus with this size/weight ski is that I can also drive them well with a lighter boot (Scarpa Alien RS) which becomes a game changer for faster/bigger days.
I'm trying to decide between BD helio 88 and 95, I'm 5'8 "tall and I weigh 185 pounds (trying to lose weight ...), I'm a good skier and I'm from a couple of light and traditional old 1985 Kastle Tour Randonee !! I have a pair of Arc'terix Procline Boots.
I'm skiing mainly in the Alps, what do you suggest?
I'm looking to to get a pair of helios. Not sure as I've never skied carbon before. It would replace and be my only set of BC skis. 100% BC in Truckee, CA area with a few trips to CO or WY every year. 5'11", 165lbs.
I'd love a quick recommendation on ski size and why carbon is the way to go.
Order id: 67555.
I'm really liking the look of the Black Diamond Helio 95 skis but would really appreciate some advice before making a decision. I'm short (163 cm) and light (64kg) and I'm thinking the 163 size would be perfect for mostly Euro touring and general use. I ski well but not fast or aggressively. Due to my light weight I don't want a really stiff ski. Do you think they would be a good choice? I also was wondering about the Cho Oyu which sound great but I think the 158 is a bit short and the 166 a bit long for kick turns on the steeps!
Any advice would be great,
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