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Justice is served with a heaping helping of powder.

For 2011/12, Black Diamond redesigned its Justice Ski to be a full pound lighter than last year's model. Originally conceived to be a more nimble version of the Megawatt, the Justice has since taken on a life and shape of its own. Featuring a set of very approachable dimensions, a rockered tip and tail, and minimal camber underfoot, this powder-specific touring ski delivers the kind of instant weight savings that would impress even Hollywood's most aggressive lipo surgeon.
  • Rockered tip, wide underfoot, semi-rockered tail, and powder-specific geometry conspire to elicit giggles of joy as you get ready to surf the deep stuff
  • Efficient Series torsion box cap construction provides a consistent flex and maintains stability while keeping overall weight to a minimum
  • Paulownia wood core maintains strength and pop while helping to reduce weight for touring
  • Carbon fiber reinforcements are layered between the base and the wood core for added stability, durability, and a consistent flex
  • Skin clip on tail provides a hassle-free place to attach your climbing skins

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Happy Justice Owner!

First off, props to Sammy the CO BD rep, and Pete the CO Dynafit rep for helping me out so much at Backcountry Fest in December at Purgatory/Durango.

First about me: I am 52yo, live in northwest Montana, and have been skiing for 40 years. I am 5'8" and a muscular 190lbs. I am and avid cyclist and am very fit. I have been backcountry skiing for 20 years, and still have a second generation pair of Dynafit bindings from the early 80's. I replaced 10yo Rossi Megabangs (176's) with Dynafits.

I was trying skis and boots for 2 days, and I was able to ski several pair on both groomed and off piste/powder conditions. I tried Stokes in 73 and 82, Drift in 76, and Justice in 85. I liked all the skis; the 73 Stokes got knocked around in the off piste too much though for my size/weight. The 82 Stokes were better, who knows, maybe I should have tried the longer ones. I loved the Drifts more than either Stoke, they turned crisply, felt nice and stable, yet lively, and I had called my tryout successful with them, until Sam suggested I take the Justice 85's out for a run that he had with Plum bindings mounted on them.

I loved those Justices. More damp, which encouraged speed. The turn is longer than the other two, great for taking a big line down the mountain, wide open long turns. These aren't wiggle turn skis boys and girls. On a groomer, carve fast and long, and if you get scurred, throw the tails out to check some speed. My Contour GPS says I was about 4 average MPH faster on the groomers. On groomed snow the contact length of the Justice is within milimeters of my old skis, despite being 9 cm longer, due to early rise and camber differences.

The powder is obviously where these things shine. These new style powder skis remind me of surfing, and the Justices do it up. The shape of the tail, the early rise tip/tail, the side cut, and the width under foot all give the nice surf experience in the Deep.

Uphill, I like them as hikers. The weight is reasonable light, the CNC milling takes away some mass strategically, and the carbon sheet provides lightweight strength. (And torsion wrap is the only way to go in ski construction, IMO.) Obviously they plenty of traction due to their size. They break trail nicely, I've put about 4,000 feet on them uphill so far. They feel a little heavier than my old rig, but the scale confirmed that its due to the massive size of the skins. They are wall to wall, you really only see my metal edges.

I mounted up the Justice with Dynafit ST's with the toe towers and ski brakes, and also purchased the BD Quadrant boots. I'm good for another 10 years hopefully.

That's my take on comparing Justice to Drift to Stoke. The Justice makes me feel 20 years younger, because now I can keep up with my 30 something buddies on the Down.

Any one ride these this year? I'm split...

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Any one ride these this year? I'm split between the Justices, Nunataqs, coombacks, and the stokes! any info on these would be great? going to put some vertical FTs on them!

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well the nunataqs are sold out so im going with the justice! ha puting some ft verticals on them! whoot whoot

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Justice for all (powder snow)

The new Justice ski is quite similar to the older version in my experience. Not a board to rail turns, but more smearing and buttering. Quick to initiate for a wide board and floats well. Pretty excited to have this in the quiver for longer tours with good snow. Not too impressed on firm conditions, but that's not where this shines. Overall a pretty impressive ride for how light it is. I'm 190lbs, 6' 2" and am happy with the 185cm.

Pray for snow!

Do these skis need 140mm skins or will the...

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Do these skis need 140mm skins or will the 125mm work fine?

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The 125mm skins should work fine, but if you have the option I would go with the 140 mm skins so you have complete coverage towards the tip. I usually go larger with my skins and then trim down to match the ski profile as closely as possible (leaving a little edge exposed).

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Wall to wall carpet is your friend, but if you can't afford it you'll probably still make it uphill.

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No need for traction way out on your tip that hardly touches the snow and doesn't provide traction. You need it wall to wall under your foot. You'll be fine with 125 and save yourself some weight.

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does BD have a super light weight skin??

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BD's glidelight mohair are pretty lightweigt and work well.