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Gear Review

5 5

Sweet ride

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Updated 3/24/13: A year and two seasons later, these skis still earn their 5-star rating.

I was initially concerned that these skis would be simply too much for me - 168 length, 95 underfoot, but after having thrashed them around for a full two seasons now (one season tele, one season AT), I'd say they're damn near perfect (I'm about 115lbs, 5'3). For how long and fat these babies are, they are shockingly nimble. Excellent torsional rigidity meant that they stuck to the crappy ice and grit that sneaked through the surface towards the end of the day, and the camber and sidecut meant that I hardly had to work to turn them. Almost as much fun at the resort as in the backcountry.

Looking back, if these were going to be Northeast AT/backcountry only, I probably would/should have opted for the shorter length, as these babies are weapons when you get them on the steeps and a bit burley in tight New Hampshire trees.

For the first time in my life, I found myself actively hunting down the piles of skied off fluff on the sides of the trails. Great float (at least in a few inches of light stuff that I could find), great feel. The edges really dug in the couple of times I executed big sweeping carves (though not quite as well as a standard alpine ski). Shockingly responsive for how lightweight they are.

The spooky thing about BD skis is how schizophrenic they seem to be in different snowpacks. This ski is a new beast when let rip in pow, but still carves on hardpack grit and ice.

I've skied them with 22Designs Bombshells and now have them rigged with Dynafit Radical TLTs. I've really been enjoying charging the heck out of them with my heels locked down, but they still make for a fun tele ski.

Also, they are bright red, orange, black, and pink. My guy friends WISH they're skis were this fly.

Sweet ride