A non-traditional, rockered touring ski for technical conditions—really.
At 86mm at the waist, the Current Ski might seem a little skinny for the powder, but the rockered tip and tail make this one of the most versatile all-mountain touring skis that Black Diamond offers. Powerful sandwich construction and an aggressive sidecut ensure laser-precise turning, and the lively wood core lets you snap turns quickly through tight, technical terrain. This is a highly versatile and stable ride that was purpose-built for skinning deep into the backcountry and enjoying the descent whether you're a seasoned veteran of winter or a greenhorn just learning the ropes.
- Rocker tip keeps the Current planing on top of soft snow, enables easier transition between turns, and lends the ski a more maneuverable feel in tight terrain
- Rocker tail allows for smoother turn release and more agility between turns so you can make quick direction changes
- 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
- 3D Sandwich Layup utilizes a classic sandwich construction combined with an ABS sidewall with a tapered shape
- Sandwich and sidewall construction is more durable than cap construction, it allows for superior edge hold and tracking, and it makes for a more consistent longitudinal flex
- 86mm waist is wide enough to provide a touch of flotation in deep snow, quick edge-to-edge performance, and a stable platform for carving deep 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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Skiing in the Wasatch. Photo by Tommy Chandler
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Finally had a chance to ski these Current's last Sunday for the first time. Mounted tele with BD's 01 binding, Garmont Ener-G boots. Conditions were variable snow early with 31 degree snowfall later, about 3" over compacted snow as it was early season.
The Currents are quite light with great swing weight. Very easy to initiate in turns, definitely a nice round flexing ski with enough firmness in the tail. Making "telepine" turns was the same. In the only 8" or so of soft untracked snow I could find I found that these skis floated nicely.
My only gripe with the skis is my going with BD's factory pin line recommendation: 833.7mm's (818 +15.7). I found that the tails "hung up" just a little despite detuning and checking bases are flat. IMHO, the BD recommendation leaves more "real estate" behind your boots than necessary. Making a long story short, I am convinced that the recommended pin line should really be 10-20mm's back from what BD claims it should be to bring it in line with the 175 Amperage's 51.62% (pin line for 27.5 boot is 12.5cm's forward of boot center mark on that ski), where I had none of these "hang up" issues. (These 185 Currents place the pin line at 52.55% from the tail per BD specs, which is clearly closer to the tip.) Although I somewhat hate to do so, I'm going to remount with pin line 12-15mm's back as I think that will assist greatly. I'd have to say that even if I was mounting alpine or at, I would seriously consider mounting at least 10mm's back of boot center mark.
But otherwise, a smashingly good handling, turning, floating and fast ski! Will post an update once correctly mounted.
- Gender: Male
Just received these in 185 from Backcountry. Having owned the Amperages since mid last season, I was looking for a narrower ski with similar design concepts, i.e., rocker, camber & slightly rockered tail. My first impressions are that build quality is extremely high (for those China Haters, I looked at a pair of USA made Hart Attack and there were clear voids in the layup, still $600!!!- please!), generous 21m-ish sidecut, rockered tip very similar in shape and slightly shorter than Amperage but not by much, 7-9mm's of camber (5mm more than Amperage), and very subtle rockered tail. Torsionally, these seem very stiff. Medium soft tip, medium firm (but not 2x4 stiffness) mid-section under the running length, and a medium soft tail, stiffer than Amperage.
A guy at BD I spoke with earlier this Fall '12 told me that most of their skis henceforth will share this design concept, and I can see why- the Amperage formula works and is fun to ski. As for the Current, it is too early to ski these (only 4 stars because), but know the shape and flex of the ski will work for me. It's nice to see early rise/rocker added to narrower ski builds, and I don't think everyone needs a 125mm waisted ski to have fun! Chest deep pow conditions aside, I predict that we will start seeing ski waist widths decline once folks figure out you can have just as much fun with less girth.
Will post further update once mounted (telemark in my case) and skiied.