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Before they sentence you to two years' hard labor for excessive funtimes, make sure the Black Diamond Verdict Ski is safely hidden away so it'll be ready to ride when you get released early for good behavior. It's certainly a ski worth protecting, with its amazing combo of high-speed stability, low-speed comfort, and all-snow performance. Black Diamond designed it with traditional camber underfoot and a rockered tip and tail, so you can hold an edge on hardpack but float easily through powder, and built the ski up around the 3D CNC-machined paulownia wood core for a light, maneuverable feel that's quick and nimble when you're skiing tight tree lines or chutes.

The Verdict's inspired by easy-turning "fun-shape" skis, so it's a breeze to handle at low speeds, but has been hooked up with a pre-preg fiberglass laminate, Titanal stringers, and a triple-ribbed Formula One design to keep it stiff, solid, and torsionally rigid when you're mobbing through chop and chunder. All together, this creates a ski that's more playful than Black Diamond's bigger Zealot, but narrower and more directional than the Amperage; a solid do-it-all board for east- and west-coast rippers alike. It's tough, too, with 8mm ABS sidewalls, Power edges, an ABS tail protector, and rocks a P-Tex 4000 sintered base that's crosshatched for better wax retention and higher speeds, because who doesn't like to go fast?

  • Traditional camber underfoot with a rockered tip and tail
  • 3D CNC paulownia wood core with Titanal
  • Formula One ribbed design
  • Pre-preg fiberglass laminate
  • 8mm ABS sidewalls
  • Power edges
  • P-Tex 4000 base
  • ABS tail protector

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my one ski quiver

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Skied this all last season in the East. Mounted bindings 2 plus. Great fun ski, runs fast and holds an edge. It's best feature is how well it skis in crud, chopped corduroy, chowder i.e. "bad" snow. Pretty light and nimble for a mid fat. Handled ice decently.


Quiver of One

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Seriously. Does everything. Got these because I have a pair of the Zealots from the first year they redesigned them in blue. They're like a little Zealot. I hit 40 without even hardly noticing - so damp and smooth. Arc a good turn. Nimble in bumps and woods. Enough float for a half foot of pow. Not the lightest but tourable for small missions. I expect these to last forever. My Zealots have been abused for 3 seasons and all they really need is a base grind some wax and probably a machine tune at this point because I let them go for so long. The ABS sidewall construction really is bullet-proof. Zealot and Verdict are both fantastic all mountain skis - Zealot for big mountain conditions and Verdict for harder snow or smaller mountains.

Have skied a few runs at the resort and done a half day tour in the VT backcountry so far.


versatile, all-mountain ski

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

When I was resigned to retiring my Scotty Bob, Fat Bastards, I replaced them with the BD Verdict. The ski is responsive and aggressive. It works well in hard pack, steep couloirs, and powder. If I was required to only own 1 pair of skis, the Verdict would be it. In sum, the BD Verdict is an all around mountain ski for numerous mixed conditions, both in the back country and in many ski areas in Colorado