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The super-stiff king of freeride charging just got a little easier to handle.

Big-mountain schralpers and backcountry powder whores rejoice in the redesigned Black Diamond Zealot Ski. Now with a semi-rockered tip for added float and a more forgiving ride, the Zealot is still the stick of choice for big, steep, intimidating lines. Whether you’re pointing ‘em straight down a chute or swimming through waist-deep fluff, the Zealot will show you the true path.
  • 2011 Editor's Choice Winner from Backcountry Magazine
  • Semi-rockered tip keeps you floating in pow and gives a more forgiving and agile ride in variable conditions
  • Internal Wall Core Technology uses birch and poplar for added pop and edge hold on hard snow
  • Formula One Technology uses three internal ribs to transmit power to the ski

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5 5

Such a killer ski

I LOVE these skis. They have lots of float for the deep days and excel in everything else. There is no tip dive in the deep stuff, no clatter on hardpack and ice and they are stiff enough that you feel in control even on the scariest terrain. I paired these with the 22 designs axl and they work find for touring. To give and Idea of how well these things break through crud I was skiing these in a rain crust and everyone else couldn't hardly link turns ( even skis with early rise tips) and these just cruised right through. The only thing is if you ski with a narrow stance like me the topsheet may chip but a little epoxy will fix that. Amazing ski that can really make a quiver of one.

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Nice review. What is your height and weight? I am 5'10" and 172 lbs. Thinking about getting the 2010 182 cm - found a great deal on a new pair. I tele, too, btw.

I'm a very aggressive skier, 5' 11" & 190...

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I'm a very aggressive skier, 5' 11" & 190 lbs. Should i go for the 182cm or 192cm????? I can't decied b/c i love tree runs and like to have the ability to turn in small spaces. Im not sure if 192 would be too much ski.....

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My skis are 189 and i am 200lbs and 6ft3 i think you should get the 182cm.

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My skis are 189 and i am 200lbs and 6ft3 i think you should get the 182cm.

5 5

I LOVE EM, eh

I picked these up at the beginning of last season with the intention of learning to tele on them. I set them up with a set of hammerheads and parked my ass in Revy for the season. I've been skiing since the tender age of 4, and now at 31 I was looking for something new. These skis are unforgiving for the beginner, novice, advanced, and all but the hardest of chargers. Of the 60 days I skied last season, about the first 50 of them were spent having these skis hand me my ass. The rest were spent owning these skis and absolutely loving them. I loved them in the pow, the crud, the hard pack, the groomers.. I will be riding them again this season (10-11) and be killing everything. Get some and try to keep up.

5 5

Rippin ski

The Zealot is a rippin ski. Stiff enough to handle high speeds through any terrain, these skis love crud, can carve a turn on the groomers, and have enough width and an early rise tip to float through the pow. These skis can handle anything you can throw at them. If you like to ski slower, turn often, and generally cruise through your day, these skis are not for you. If you want to tear the mountain a new one and meet your friends at the bottom, this is your ski. I'm 5'11" and 145lbs and I ski the 182cm--get it.

How stiff is this ski compared to the...

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How stiff is this ski compared to the Gotama?

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I would say it is comparable... These skis are hard charging skis, that perform well at high speeds, similarly to the Gotama's. They are the stiffest ski in the Black Diamond line. The advantage to these skis, is that they can be a one quiver ski... They perform great on hardpack bumps and groomers, as well as big mountain powder and trees. Along with being stiff and a hard charger the rockered tip adds a bit of nimbleness.

5 5

I love them.

First off, I'm not that great a skier, y but i still have a ton of fun with these. They really shine on untracked and groomed stuff. As of now, I don't quite have the skill to demolish choppy stuff. Working on that. Definitely have to stay forward with these guys. They hand my ass to me every time i fall back. Definitely pushing my skiing with these and I love it!

5 5

My go to in bounds powder ski

I have found the Zealot 192 to be an awesome ski for conditions that aren't full-on untracked all day long.

The burliness of this ski stands out like a sore thumb. They love to go fast through any terrain; whether it be fresh powder, tracked out powder, or mogul fields on flat light/ low visibility days. These skis do what you tell them to do, and don't get bounced around in the process.

The early rise tip helps out a lot when popping from one turn to the next, and they turn great regardless of terrain or trees.

I wouldn't rule these out as a touring ski because its a definite quiver killer if you need it for skiing everything.

Looking for a ski for just starting touring,...

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Looking for a ski for just starting touring, which would be better, this or the armada jj?

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The Zealot are pretty heavy for covering much distance in the BC. They ski really well, but I would check the weight on the Armada and go with the lighter of the two.

3 5

Burly- Stiff ski

Great ski for smooth snow (pow,chalk), super stiff and super stable. The downside is they are too stiff in the tip to be used as everyday ski as it deflects and gives way too much feedback in crud and imperfect snow.

Net Net- Great ski for soft snow, smooth snow and charging Cirques, but way too burly and stiff for my tastes in the tip for anything other than specialy. I had the 192.

4 5

These boards charge!

These boards charge! I tried a pair today and have some great and not so great thoughts. They love high speeds and smear through pow and crud as opposed to floating and skipping on top like my Megawatts. However, They are not a playful ski but maybe it was just my 5'7 160 frame that couldnt push em'. That said, point em straight down and hold on tight because these babies ski at Mach 10!

where would you suggest mounting a tele...

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where would you suggest mounting a tele binding(bomber bishop) on the 2010 zealot 192?

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sell me the bombers instead of mounting 'em. garbage bindings

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Check out BD's page, they have a diagram with all the mounting info you need. http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/blog/index/view/slug/binding-mounting-specs-for-black-diamond-skis

I have the megawatt and have ski'd them...

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I have the megawatt and have ski'd them for two year and love them. They just seem a little big and fat for everyday use. Would the Zealot be a better everyday ski or should i just stay with the megawatt's? I also have the Havoc, but use them just for groomers and long tours. I guess i'm wondering what difference i will feel going to the zealot from the Megawatt?

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Go with the Zealot for an 'everyday' ski. They rip at the area and in crud and can handle the pow pretty well. The difference you will notice is stiffness. These skis are big, damp and stiff. They stomp airs and arc big turns. Pretty different from the Mega, but in a good way when it just isn't a Megawatt day. Or, wait for next years Megawatt which seems to be a mix between the Zealot and Mega. They stiffened it up so it's not as floppy and trimmed the huge tip back a bit. Hope that helps.

4 5

Zealot

2 days on this ski so far, so these are basically first impressions. I'm 5'6" 160# and I'm riding the 182 mounted with dukes. These skis want to go straight and go fast. Powder is no problem, crud, no problem. You need to pin it from top to bottom though. Another review hit the nail on the head when he said you need to choke these things back. I like it, but others may not. I'm for sure on the smaller end of the intended skier demographic for this ski. A little extra weight and height(leverage)would probably go a long way.

In all honestly, wouldn't recommend to anyone smaller than me. If you're my size, don't expect any freebies. That being said, I've had a blast on them. 4/5 stars

Hope this helps...

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I would write the same exact review. I have 2 days on these in the northeast with the recent snowfall. The were fantastic but to much for me. At 5'6",165,50+, 182cm w/BD Fritschi Freeride Pro, these rocket ships tossed me in the air when going over piled up snow or bumps. They carved extemely well with just a little forward pressure due to the soft tip. Even at a 30m turn rating they were able to make much tighter turns. On the few groomers tested, they were fast and just continue to accelerate! Bringing these skis to a stop on a groomer was fun, total control. A great ski, but not what I am looking for to add to the collection.

Im debating about adding this ski to my...

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Im debating about adding this ski to my quiver. Ive got the Coomba with Dynafits as my lighter backcountry ski, the Megawatts for deep days like today. Im thinking about the Zealot with Barons as my resort and side country ripper. I ski the Wasatch. Im 5'7 165. Thoughts? I hear great things about the Zealot. Some have given props to the K2 Sidestash.

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I think you'd be making a good call to round out the quiver. They do rip hard!

Anyone got Dukes on Zealots? Is this...

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Anyone got Dukes on Zealots? Is this counter-productive? Are some of benefits of Zealots lost when you put heavy bindings on them?

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Yes I do. 192 Zealots. I'm 6'4" 225. The bindings may raise the boot an extra half inch but in powder or even corn you get used to it. I'd be scared, at my weight, to have less of an AT binding. The skis are stiff and you don't want to sit back for a second. But they handle speed very very calmly.
Don't even think about weight going up.

Nick DeVore, Zealot Spine mission

Nick DeVore, Zealot Spine mission

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Nick DeVore, Heading to the top of some rad spines with the Zealots on his back. Glacier Bay, AK

Zealots, Glacier Bay, AK  Will Cardamone

Zealots, Glacier Bay, AK Will Cardamone

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Heading up another steep line 40 miles out of Haines, AK

5 5

I'm a Zealot zealot

It's stiff. It's light. It's got an early rise tip. It's fat...enough. It's turn radius is perfect. IT's perfect for what it's made for.

"Bwwaaaaah hahhhhhhh hah hah haahhhhhhh!!!" is the sound echoing off the mountains everytime these tips get pointed downhill. This ski makes me cry from pleasure...or speed...or both. This is one of those skis that you just point downhill and just go along for the amazing ride. Turns in big powda are nirvana, and it's stiff enough and has the right geometry to bomb thru/over crud, and right over crust and ice. Keep em pointed straight down on those sections and they will take care of you. The tips create beatiful turns in tighter trees as long as there's powder, but the ski demands a lot of muscle and fortitude to handle technical situations on anything less than soft (can be managed though). So do your squats at the gym, get some stiff bindings and boots, and let er rip!

I can't recommend these for anything inside the ropes unless a) it's an untracked powder day b) you're expert enough to control a fat, stiff, straight-down oriented ski; enjoy bumpy rides; and enjoy choking back a ski that needs to go fast. c) you can afford paying for a lift pass that will get revoked in 20 minutes, or lawsuits from others you can't avoid, whichever comes first

What would be a good ski to telemark on?...

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What would be a good ski to telemark on? I need a light weight powder ski.I am 13 years old and I weigh about 110 pounds

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this it going to be a big ski for someone your size take a look at the stigma

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The 175 Justice might be good. It is light and plenty fat for those deep days. Might still be a little big for you but you can always grow into it.

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