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Description

Nimbly ascends and loves downhill fun.

The Black Diamond Current Ski is a lightweight, agile touring ski that likes downhill fun as much as uphill speed. Its 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. Traditional camber at the waist gives you superior edge hold and turn control directly underfoot, while the rocker tip and tail chow up powder. An aggressive, directional sidecut enables deep, precise short- to medium-length turns. The Current's 3D Sandwich Layup utilizes a classic sandwich construction combined with an ABS sidewall with a tapered shape, for a ski that's more durable than a cap construction ski, and one that allows for superior edge hold and tracking, and more consistent longitudinal flex. The ski's Racing Edge is thinner and lighter weight than the Power Edge used in Black Diamond's other Freetour skis for weight savings, and includes stainless steel SkinLock tabs for easy skin management.

The Current is a narrower, lighter version of the Black Diamond Revert, and features a more playful shape than the Aspect. Black Diamond rates its ideal use as 50% powder, 50% hard snow.


  • Classic touring profile with rocker tip and tail
  • Agile 86mm underfoot width
  • 5 mm beveled ABS sidewall with Racing Edges
  • Flat Sandwich with pre-preg composite construction
  • Paulownia wood core
  • SkinLock tail tabs

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3 5

Ehhh ...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The good: These things are light for what they are. To me, light gear = a bigger, longer day with more energy. And isn't that what touring is all about? These things go uphill really, really well, either on your feet or your back (duh). They ski pow well enough and do well in slush/corn/very minimal mank. If you're more uphill oriented than down and you're pretty sure that the down conditions will be optimal, this is a good ski.

The bad: These skis have no pop; they feel akin to skiing limp noodles. I remember reading in their Wild Snow review that these are "boring, predictable" skis. Is that bad, your call, but after a month and a half and about 20 days on these things, honestly, these just aren't much fun to ski. It's hard to explain exactly why, but they just aren't much fun. Also: Once conditions get even a little less than optimal, rocker or not, these are (in my opinion) really hard to ski, though that's probably predictable for a ski that's this weight in this width.

I guess the question is whether the up or the down is more important to you.

4 5

Solid, light weight ski

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I guess perspective matters b/c these seem fairly stiff to me, esp. for a light weight ski. I would stay it's stiff for it's class, but perhaps not compared to other, heavier/beefier sticks. Overall, I think Black Diamond has done an excellent job with this ski. The modern shape and rocker tips give it greater versatility than a classic mid-80 waist ski. I've been touring with them in all conditions and they strike an excellent balance in the weight-vs-performance formula. I'm 5'10", 185 lb. and skiing on the 184 cm skis.

Do the raised tails make it substantially...

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Do the raised tails make it substantially harder to jam these into firm snow for ski anchors?

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No. I just got these skis. The tail rocker is very mellow/minimal.