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A progressive, rockered touring ski made for women who go beyond the gates.
Hey ladies, the Black Diamond Starlet Ski is a little gem that might just blow your mind in the backcountry. This FreeTour-series ski has a wide, soft-flexing tip, progressive flex, and a stable chassis crafted from a solid wood core. The Starlet ski cruises up skin tracks with efficiency and rips on moderate- to long-radius turns during the descent. Mount some touring, tele, or AT binders to this ski and hunt down powder in terrain that the resort crowds won't dare to explore.
- 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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Supa-light tele setup
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I paired my pair with a set of Voile Switchbacks for the ultimate in uphill performance. Now onto my third pair of BD skis, I really can say with certainty that all of them are schizophrenic: they behave like completely different skis depending on what kind of snow you take them on. I mean this in a good way, they're solid all around.
In-bounds: they chew up grit, corduroy, and hardpack pretty well - if you really want to lay down and crank (which they're not /really/ designed for) you're going to get a bit of chatter, but I've yet to be taken out by it so far. Fun in bumps (supple yet snappy), and great around trees. Not the best choice for resort-only skiing, but....
Out-of-bounds: this is where these skis shine. They tackle chop, deep pow (skied them after an epic 2ft dump), and pretty much everything in between. Lightweight enough not to tire you out after your uphill slog, and solid enough to help you get the most out of your ride down.
All in all, I'd call them a pretty solid choice for those of us who prefer to spend our days not serviced by a lift, but sometimes just feel like being lazy and want one ski to do it all.
I'm 5'3", 115lbs and went with the 166 - I waffled between going shorter for extra nimbleness, but recently moved somewhere where the trees are a little bit less tight, and the snow twice as deep. Glad I went longer, but it's definitely subject to personal preference, geographical location, and intended use.
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Wife loves them!
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got these for my wife and she loves them! She is 5'6 and around 115, we went with the 166. These are super light and a great touring ski for sure. They are paired with the Dynafit Radical STs. Couldnt find much better for the width vs weight combo. I have heard the white graphics help to shed snow, and I never thought it would be true. That is until we had them out next to my black Huascaran's, and you could definitely tell a difference. Sure, snow still sticks to them, but not as much as my black ones.
Great all around ski in UTAH
I bought these for a backcountry touring set up. They are sweet for that and super lightweight for going up. They ski great and float nicely in powder, and very nimble for tight turns in trees. I also took them in bounds at the resort and was very impressed at how well they handle groomed snow and hardpack.
I am in love
I paired these babies with a set of the Dynafit Speed Radicals for a light touring set up, and I am SO glad that I did. These are so fast and light on the snow (uphill and down). They ski trees and bumps like it's their job - and they float so well. I toured on them a ton this season (3-5 days per week), and took them to the resort for about a week of spring skiing when my parents were in town. In the resort I was only skiing corn or bumps, so I am not sure how these will handle on the ice - but I was pleasantly surprised at how well these performed on groomers. These are a one ski quiver for sure.
I am 5'2"and 125lbs. I bought the 166cm
LOVE THESE SKIS!!!!
I bought these to be my "one ski quiver" (I have other expenses too!) They ski the bumps great "inbounds" and handle very well all over the mountain. In the b/c, I'm the envy of my friends w/the lightest weight gear (Dynafit Radical STS bindings) for climbing, and skiing the powder is a blast!!! They handle so well for all conditions, I'm thrilled. I tried out several other skis, these performed best and were lightest by 2#, so the choice was easy. I'm 5'3", have the 156cm length, am very happy!