It will make you a believer.
Maybe it's called the Black Diamond Convert Ski because once you get on dawn patrol and experience the silence and untracked snow you never want to go back to the hustle and sloppy seconds in-resort. Or maybe it's called the Convert because once you ski this rockered mid-fatty you'll never set eyes on another ski for as long as you live. Whatever the reason, this versatile backcountry ski has it all: pow-friendly waist, rockered tip and tail, traditional camber underfoot, and sandwich/sidewall construction. It has pre-preg fiberglass weaved laminate for stability and torsional stiffness edge-to-edge. It even has a stainless steel SkinLock clip to keep you skinned and speedy on the hike. The Formula One 3D Light construction sheds weight compared to the big-mountain line, which helps with the ascent but also when your feet leave the snow off a backcountry kicker. All the cool kids are doing it. The Convert sits in the middle of the Freetour Series from Black Diamond, just about as pleasing as it gets.
- Rockered tip and tail
- Traditional camber underfoot
- Formula One 3D Light and ABS sidewalls
- Paulownia 3D CNC wood core with pre-preg composite construction
- 105mm waist width
- Large turn radius sidecut
- Power Edge edges
- P-Tex 4000 base
- Stainless steel SkinLock Clip on tail
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One ski quiver
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the Converts in a 180 length, hoping that they would be a great all-around touring ski. So far, I've been very impressed. I like them so much that they have also replaced my alpine skis for in-bounds skiing. I put the Dynafit Radical ST 110 binding on these. The Converts could be a bit stiffer to better cut through crud and have little less chatter at high speeds, but the point of these skis is to be a lightweight ski for touring, and I was willing to trade the stiffness for feather-light sticks. Overall, I found the chatter to be bearable and that it did not affect overall performance. On the skin track, I hardly notice the weight of these- it felt like I was just in my boots.
Powder performance is also really good. If you are looking for a versatile ski for any conditions, you should check these out.
Mid Fat Versatile Touring Ski
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Finally got to try these out. I purchased the 180 length with Dynafit TLT Radical FT. I'm 5'10" about 190 lbs. When I bought them I was looking for a lightweight, mid-fat do it all touring ski. The only resort skiing I plan to do with them is sidecountry. Conditions yesterday were week old Loveland Pass Backcountry junk. Some windblow, some breakthrough crust and a small amount of OK soft snow.
This ski felt exactly like it should to me. Lightweight, maneuverable, and easy to turn. I was impressed at the performance in the windblown and breakable crust. Given they are so light you would expect them to get thrown around a bit. They are bit squirrely at first, but then the dimensions kick in. The 133 / 105 / 117 really helps you plow through the junk. For me they offer a great compromise. You lose a bit of the plow through performance of heavier ski, but you gain so much in terms uphill weight relief and you gain in overall maneuverability. I also expect that the weight will help on steep, spring descents as well. It that case I would expect it to make them ski like a more narrow, heavier ski.
I'm sure they will be great in powder, but what 105 mid foot + ski wouldn't be :) . My concern was how they would perform in junk and on steep descents. I was pretty impressed in the junk. Not ideal, but given the weight, I don't think you could expect much better. Steep spring descents, not sure yet, but they have to be easier to ski than my 188 JJ's. I am confident that I should be able to ski anything I would ever want to attempt with these.
Andrew McLean's Black Diamond Skis
Just got the 172 in the mail and they came in at 1664 and 1642gr each. That's the weight the 180 is supposed to weigh. IDK if this is a fluke of a pair, or if the weights listed on their website are all off.