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The Black Diamond Drift ski is all about letting you get fat in the backcountry, without gaining weight. At just six pounds, six ounces at its shortest length, this touring ski feels light on the skin track and nimble in tight chutes or trees. The wide, soft-flexing, early-rise tip makes for buttery smooth transitions between turns and plenty of tip flotation in particularly deep snow. This is a versatile backcountry and sidecountry ski for skiers on both coasts and of a wide range of experience levels.

  • Semi Rocker tip is wide and extra soft, allowing this ski to initiate turns easier than ever and float like a falcon on a breeze
  • Semi Rocker tail for smoother turn release and more agility during turn transition so you can make quick direction changes despite this ski’s fat tip, waist, and tail
  • 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
  • Torsion Box Cap construction combines torsion box and cap construction via fiberglass layers that wrap around the wood core like a burrito
  • Torsion Box Cap construction increases torsional power for more secure edge hold, and this construction gives the ski a more energetic feel underfoot
  • Formula One Tech utilizes three three-dimensional ribs built into the structure above the core, these ribs control longitudinal stiffness without requiring the use of heavy stringers that would increase weight
  • 100mm waist (186cm length) is wide enough to provide moderate flotation in deep snow, quick edge-to-edge performance between turns, and a stable platform for powering through choppy and mixed snow conditions
  • Moderately deep directional sidecut allows you to carve medium-to-long radius 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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Hi, I love those but unfortunatelly I broke one. I dont get what was wrong - I had just small accident in powder snow in slow speed:(

Does somebody know if is possible to buy them somewhere?

I would buy pair or just one:)

Thx, Ondra

Hey there,

I would recommend you contact Black Diamond to see if they will cover the break under warranty. If the ski is outside of the warranty period they may have single lying around you could purchase. Otherwise you may have to hit the TGR forums to see if anyone has a single they would want to sell you.

Anyone played around with detuning these skis? I've been on them for years now and love them, but the wide and flat tail can really be grabby on crusty snow.

I would almost always detune the tip and tail. For that exact reason, skis can be pretty grabby if they are not. Nice when you are racing but, not so much when you need to pivot a turn.


Black Diamond Drift

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I was looking for a 100mm ski, light enough for ME to hike with. Couldn't be more happy with the Drift. I am one of those guys who has been skiing on tele gear for 30 years and quit dropping the knee a long time ago. Apparently i was in serious need of some new Tech. For me ( 150 Lbs) a 176 , 100mm ski is just Right. The Semi rocker does not look like much, but that also did the trick for me. Just enough to make turning easy, and still give a stable paltform. I can drop my knee with confidence now. see photo.

Black Diamond Drift


    Just got this ski as a backcountry set up with the Dynafit Radical TLT FT. I was concerned that it would be too soft or otherwise feel 'touring specific'. However, the ski rocked all the conditions I've put it in so far. The rockered tip did great in the powder, and crud. It even did OK on the groomers! I'm using the tecnica chochise which is an aggressive boot, but overall I'm impressed with this ski. Closest thing to a quiver killer I've found yet.

    I'm 5'9", 200 lbs an aggressive skier and got the 176's which seems to be the right choice.


    Drift Ski

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I have been pretty happy with these skis. They ski amazing in powder and pretty well in just about any conditions. On top of that, they are really light! I have been using them all over BC for powder and steep skiing and have not had any complaints. Paired with a light tech binding (TLT Speed) they are great! The edges do take a bit of a beating especially at the tail, be careful about jamming them into snow. Fine in powder - don't do it in harder crud.

    Hi Eric - where are you skiing with these? I like the dimensions but am curious about how they will do in crud as they seem a bit softer at the tips. Any thoughts?

    I just used these in Southern Oregon, on our wet snow and they did fine in the crud. I wouldn't to use them on uneven icy conditions, but who wants a ski designed for those conditions anyways? Overall, stoked on the ski.

    Mark - I stick mainly to backcountry behind Whistler-Blackcomb but have had 20 or so days in the rockies as well. A bit on the soft side. I want something a bit beefier for those really cruddy days on the hill.

    12K on Drifts

    12K on Drifts

    Put up 12K on 12/12/12 with the 178 drift. Fun lightweight ski for soft snow conditions.

    How would the Drift do on a long ski tour...

    How would the Drift do on a long ski tour like the Haute Route or similar? Set up with Dynafits would they go east or west, firm or soft snow?

    Best Answer

    I think the Drift would be good for the Houte Route. Especially if snow was on the soft side. They are lightweight for their size and do well in most conditions.

    Did BD change the drift for this year or...

    Did BD change the drift for this year or is it essentially just a new paint job?

    Seems like it is pretty much a new paint job. Everything else appears to be the same.