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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
  • Ultralight engineered wood core with pre-preg carbon fiber 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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Amazing on the uphill

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Overall a solid ski. I came from touring on a frame A/T binding to these with a dynafit setup, and I was in shock at how much faster and lighter they are. I seriously felt like I wasn't wearing skis when skinning uphill. If you're coming from a more side country setup, these guys are light, and I could easily imagine climbing all day, multiple days in a row with these. In this setting they're a dream.

Why three stars? Maybe it's just me, but I don't feel like I've really found the sweet spot on these on the downhill. Because they're so light, I feel like they are a bit all over the place and get knocked around so easily. I just don't feel nearly as confident on them going down as I do on my resort setup. I'm sure this is somewhat due to my personal preference- everyone has their own desired balance of uphill lightness vs downhill performance, and I think for me I'd rather add a bit more weight if it mean that I'd have something a tad more damp and smooth on the downhill. That being said, I'm going to give them some more time and hope that I dial in the downhill so that I can enjoy the bliss of climbing in them.

I came to convert+dynafit from marker duke+legend pro so you can imagine how happy i was at weight saving!

So far I've got about 40 days - vermont mansfield woods, utah slack country and eastern hard pack resort skiing. What I've found is that on really hard snow I don't have the security that I had on the Legend Pro's (but what would...). On any soft surface - from corn to powder to tracked up wind blown these things rock. They are my go to ski now for every style of skiing on any soft surface. Once the skiing gets hard packed icy (or really bumped up) then a more traditional resort ski rules.

Amazingly versatile ski

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have 50+ days on my (non-carbon '13-'14 version) Converts, all skinning, though not all backcountry, because they do surprisingly well on dawn-patrol groomers too (see pic). Really surprisingly well.

My previous skis were K2 Coombacks. These Converts are damper, a lot stiffer, a more fun shape, and are almost a full pound lighter. bad ass.

I loved my Coombacks for their float, and their ability to handle any wind-blasted / re-frozen funky bc snow with calm....but damn do Coombacks SUCK on-piste. Converts do all the BC stuff as well, and are fun enough on-piste too.

If you want one ski to use in all conditions when primarily skinning, this is it.

I use the 180cm with Dynafits and I'm about 170lbs.

Amazingly versatile ski

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.