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Description

Ready-for-anything ski touring performance.

The best of the old and new, performance on powder and hard pack, nimble yet floating—the versatile Black Diamond Aspect Ski gives you ready-for-anything ski touring performance. The nimble 90mm underfoot width and classic touring shape combined with a stiff carbon-fiber reinforced wood core help you hammer through snow at high speeds while aggressive edges and torsionally stiff ABS sidewall construction keep you railing through icy corners. The wide semi-rocker tip keeps you afloat on soft powder, and since you have to work for your reward while ski touring, SkinLock tail tabs hold your skins in place while the classic tail shape gives you plenty of contact during the traverses between turns.

  • Classic touring ski shape and tail
  • Camber underfoot and wide Semi-Rocker tip
  • Nimble waist width
  • 5 mm beveled ABS sidewall with Racing Edges
  • Flat Sandwich with pre-preg composite construction
  • Carbon-fiber reinforced paulownia wood core
  • SkinLock tail tabs

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5 5

Fun all around touring ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for an all around touring ski that was lightweight enough to tackle some high mileage days, while sacrificing nothing on the descents. Finally, I've found the perfect ski. With a 127-90-113 and a semi rockered tip, these skis have just enough float to rock some fresh tracks in that secret spot that is oh so hard to reach. Tip rocker makes a huger difference in ease of turn initiation. A true quiver of one ski, I've even been able to take these planks to a resort on a variable packed powder day and carve some deep GS turns without any speed chatter or over flexing. The Aspects have been able to tackle everything my East Coast homeland has been able to throw at it from spring corn moguls, to the dropping the famed Tuckerman's ravine, and even a few high mileage days. I rarely take my other skis out anymore (BD verdicts w/ Marker Barons) since these skis are so much lighter! Mounted with Dynafit TLT radical ST bindings, they weigh in as a pair at about 8lbs with bindings included. 3D sandwich construction gives it just the right amount of pop, while the racing edge provides a solid grip for even the iciest of conditions. If I could only have one ski (like that will ever happen...lolz) this would be it. I am 5'9" 180 lbs and primarily ski in the Northern region of NH, these skis have exceeded my expectations. A great ski for variable conditions, I've had no trouble making big turns in powder, however I will say these skis excel and making tight turns through the Forest. I cannot wait to put some miles on these next season! A massive performance difference from the stigmas I had.

Fun all around touring ski
4 5

Fun ski

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I skied the previous generation Aspects with Speed Radicals in the resort and on a short tour this past weekend and had a lot of fun with their turn radius and super light weight. The old versions don't have the tapered tip, but the rest of the dimensions are about the same (90mm waist). I was able to lay these on edge and make nice GS-style turns on hardpack as well as flick them around in the soft stuff. They certainly take less energy to ski than my Verdict/Baron combo, which weighs a ton. They tour so easily. I will say, however, that the Aspects weren't so fun in breakable crust and I wished I had the Verdicts...both for width and weight. I probably shouldn't have subjected the skis to those conditions, though. Overall, the Aspects are super fun thus far.

Fun ski
5 5

Killer all-arounder at a nice weight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this ski (2013 version) now on touring days ranging from deep powder, corn, refrozen crust, hardpack, and manky wet glop. These skis have been outstanding. The low weight, narrow waist, and camber make it excellent in the skin track, and the fat, slightly rockered tip makes it a solid ski for breaking trail.

Mounted with the Onyx and a stiff boot (BD Quadrant) I've even found this to be a perfect crossover setup between backcountry and resort skiing. On groomers, crust, or hardpack these things can scream downhill making GS turns (thanks to the sidecut and stiffness), or they can slash hard short radius turns through moguls and trees. This is definitely a ski that loves to edge and turn. It's great in techy spots, where the low weight makes it easy to jump turn, and the edginess makes it precise. Tails are stiff and confident for landings off ledges and small airs, but I don't huck or get flippy-spinny.

I was really surprised how much fun it is in deep powder too. The tip rocker doesn't look like a whole lot compared to many skis out there, but there's plenty of float for deep days on moderate to steep slopes. Once you get up to speed it's easy to make big surfy powder turns, but it really shines making tight, controlled, bouncy turns and threading the needle through trees.

Really the only thing it doesn't do super well is meadow-skipping on low angles in deep snow, but at these dimensions I wouldn't expect it to. Hard to pick anything to improve about this ski. Maybe a tad more tip rocker? Weight, width, and shape are just right for me. Really surprised how much I like this ski for everything. I guess it shows that the newest, trendiest geometry isn't always what's needed. I almost never take my heavier, fatter skis (K2 Sidestash) out anymore. The Aspect is just too lively and fun to leave at home.