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A wide-body, hybrid-rocker ski built for touring.

Black Diamond makes big-mountain skis, freetour skis, all-mountain skis, and touring skis. The Aspect Ski is dedicated touring ski with a versatile 90mm waist that's not quite fat, but definitely not skinny. The flat tail gives away its ascent-via-skin-track heritage while the semi-rocker tip gives a nod to the influence of highly agile, powder-hungry ski designs of the present. You can push this wood-core ride deep into its aggressive sidecut in steep backcountry terrain and float it through post-storm tree stashes.

  • Rocker tip keeps the Aspect planing on top of soft snow, enables easier transition between turns, and lends the ski a more maneuverable feel in tight terrain
  • Flat tail allows for a more powerful and complete turn exit, which gives you increased control on steep, fast, or technical terrain
  • Traditional camber at the waist gives you superior edge hold and turn control directly underfoot
  • Paulownia wood core gives this ski the strength of poplar wood and the snappy responsiveness and ultralight characteristics of balsa wood
  • Dual Torsion Bow construction evenly distributes load across the ski and toward the edges via a pair of ribs shaped into the core and top structural materials underneath the topsheet
  • Torsion Box Cap construction combines torsion box and cap construction via fiberglass layers that wrap around the wood core like a burrito
  • Torsion Box Cap construction increases torsional power for more secure edge hold, and this construction gives the ski a more energetic feel underfoot
  • Carbon Fiber reinforcements are sandwiched between sintered base and the wood core in order to increase structural strength and provide a more consistent longitudinal flex
  • 90mm waist is wide enough to provide moderate flotation in deep snow, quick edge-to-edge, and a stable platform for carving powerful turns at high speed
  • Aggressive, directional sidecut enables deep, precise short- to medium-length turns
  • Racing Edge is thinner and lighter weight than the Power Edge used in Black Diamond's other Freetour skis
  • Tail includes SkinLock attachment point that helps to keep the metal clip of your touring skin securely in place

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5 5

Great price!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

On sale this is a screaming deal for a lwt and rather trad bc ski. For that kind of money it is hard to pass up. Not a one ski quiver for me like I might have hoped but not a terrible choice if you want one ski to do least reasonably well. @ $271 and every size available it is tempting to buy another pair. 5 stars at that price!

3 5

Limited uses

There is no question the Aspect is one of the lightest backcountry skis on the market, which makes skinning up a slope a breeze. However, on the downhill, the ski is fairly limited to powder slopes, soft corn, or groomed terrain. It didn't handle sastrugi, choppy or icy conditions well at all, and struggled on flat, narrow sections due to its high camber, and propensity to catch edges. It's a good ski for the purpose mentioned, but if you want something that's a little more versatile, I'd probably go with the Revert or Drift.

3 5

Not much rocker to be had here!

Fun traditional ski. No rocker to be had on mine, no semi rocker what ever that is either. The up side of that it is has a good side cut and the ski is light in weight. Makes a greta spring ski but there are better spring skis. Decent on the steeps if the snow is good, but in soft snow it could be better...some rocker in the tip would help :-) This one is dated...dated in a good way but I wasn't wanting such a traditional ski when it was new. This year I finally decided to move to a more modern technology. A similar ski with some tip rocker and decentside cut. Great idea and a much more fun ski I think.

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what ski did you move to?

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La Sportiva Lo5