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Black Diamond Helio 105 Ski

$849.95

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    For big days in the backcountry.

    Lugging a heavy set of skis up the mountain might not be so miserable when conditions are prime and you start climbing right from the road, but when finding soft turns requires long approaches and killer climbs, a superlight ski like the Black Diamond Helio 105 is a near necessity. Designed for all-day tours and big ski mountaineering missions, the Helio weighs a feathery six-and-a-bit pounds in a 175cm length, and has a versatile 105mm waist width that will make the most out of whatever pow you can sniff out, without being too unwieldy when you need to ski a bit of wind-jacked snow, neve, or low-elevation refreeze.

    The Helio gets its lightweight nature from its engineered ultralight balsa and flax core and light-but-stiff carbon fiber laminate. You might expect a ski of this weight class to have a flimsy cap construction, but Black Diamond went with a torsionally stiff sandwich build with beveled ABS sidewalls to keep things stable when you're able to open up the throttle down wide-open bowls and smooth aprons. The Helio isn't all high-speed business, though; the early-rise tip and tail keep the ski playful and maneuverable in tight chutes and trees, while plenty of traditional camber underfoot delivers solid edge hold when surface conditions turn firm. Black Diamond also added thin sheets of metal in the mounting area for better binding retention, and ABS tail protectors with a skin clip tab to protect your boards from abrasive metal skin clips.

    • Early-rise tip and tail with camber underfoot
    • Sandwich construction
    • ABS sidewalls
    • Pre-preg carbon fiber layup
    • Engineered balsa and flax core
    • Titanal mounting plate
    • ABS tail protector with skin clip tab
    • Item #BLD00KH

    Tech Specs

    Length
    165 cm 175 cm, 185 cm
    Dimensions
    [165 cm] 135 / 105 / 118 mm, [175 cm] 132 / 105 / 119 mm, [185 cm] 134 / 105 / 119 mm
    Turn Radius
    [165 cm] 20 m, [175 cm] 21 m, [185 cm] 22 m
    Profile
    early rise tip & tail, camber underfoot
    Construction
    sandwich (ABS sidewall)
    Core
    balsa flax wood, pre-preg carbon fiber
    Tail
    raised
    Claimed Weight
    [165 cm] 5 lb 14 oz, [175 cm] 6 lb 5 oz, [185 cm] 6 lb 11 oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry touring, ski mountaineering
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    IF YOUR LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE MOUNTAINEERING SKI THAT PRODUCES ON THE DOWN AND FLIES ON THE UP, THEN THESE ARE YOUR SKIS. THEY ARE SOOOO LIGHT, IT IS A TOTAL GAME CHANGER ON THE LONG DAYS. YOULL GET TO THE TOP WITH FRESH LEGS READY TO SHRED TO DOWN. IF YOUR LOOKING FOR AN ALL AROUND SKI FOR THE RESORT THESE ARE NOT YOUR SKI. BUT IF YOUR LOOKING AT TACKLING MAJOR OBJECTIVES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY WHERE WEIGHT IS ESSENTIIAL AND PERFORMANCE IS CRUCIAL, THEN LOOK NO FURTHER.

    Magic Carpet Up, Full Performance Down

      I just upgraded my touring setup with this ski, and I cannot put into words how big of a game changer it was. This is my first carbon ski and it is light. So light that when I was touring up on my first day with them, I felt like I was on a magic carpet rather than a ski track.
      But its weight doesn't sacrifice any performance. It is stiff. It floats. It carves. It responds quickly. It plows through crud without getting tossed.

      I'm 5'5" and went with the 165 as a touring specific ski (I normally ski a 178 inbounds). I have the Dynafit TLT Radical ST 2.0 Binding on it with a Scarpa Gea RS boot. It is an incredible setup.

      Float UP.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The Black Diamond Helio is top tier for touring skis this season. After demo'ing and testing out skis from across many brands the Helio always rose to the top (pun intended)



      The true function of this ski lies with its weight to stiffness. Extremely light carbon construction also lends itself to stiffness and easy engagement of the turn.



      While this ski can essentially be skied with any boot - it would be most complemented by a lightweight touring boot - Backland, TLT6/7, F1 Scarpa, Fischer Travers Carbon, Arc'teryx Procline.



      With the correct kit, the amount of weight that can be shed, but the right amount of skiable attained is excellent with the BD helio.



      One of my favorite options of touring and easily the best skiing of its weight class.



      First Class!

      Float UP.

      2017 Black Diamond Helio First Turns

      Black Diamond introduces their new backcountry carbon ski lineup, the Helio. Available in 88, 95, 105, and 116, the Helio features a full carbon wrap over a balsa/flax core. Mostly available for the 16/17 season, but you can buy the 105 in a 175 or 185mm length right now here at Backcountry.com

      One Quiver Touring Rig

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

      This particular model is very similar to the older black diamond carbon convert. However, Black Diamond added an extra layer of fiberglass and a higher grade of abs with a bit flatter of a tip. This means the ski has much more of a responsive ride and makes transitions between conditions much easier than the carbon convert. The tail is flattened out and gives the ski better edge hold especially in chutes and icy conditions. The overall flex is very balanced which helps with the responsiveness of the ski (much better than convert). Black Diamond has improved upon all the downfalls seen in the awesome carbon convert with the Helio. Austrian made and very solid I highly recommend them for a solid do it all touring ski that is great on the ascent and descent. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have additional questions.

      Unanswered Question

      Following up on Jamin, looks like these are not recommended with tele bindings. Is there a specific reason? I'd be throwing on 22 Designs Axls with quiver killer inserts. If not, what about tele mounted BD Route 105?

      Unanswered Question

      I read elsewhere these skis are not compatible with telemark bindings. Why? I was hoping to pair these with ntn outlaws or TTS.

      You guys realize the MSRP on these is $849.95... right? Even REI has 'em cheaper.

      Hey Oregon Pete - We will always price match any US-based authorized retailers, including REI. Feel free to contact me directly if you are interested in ordering these skis or have any further questions. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

      Can anyone compare the flex of the Helio 105 vs the Carbon Convert? Comparing the Helio 175 and the CC 180.

      Thanks for the help!

      Hi John,



      This particular model is very similar to the older black diamond carbon convert. However, Black Diamond added an extra layer of fiberglass and a higher grade of abs with a bit flatter of a tip. This means the ski has much more of a responsive ride and makes transitions between conditions much easier than the carbon convert. The tail is flattened out and gives the ski better edge hold especially in chutes and icy conditions. The overall flex is very balanced which helps with the responsiveness of the ski (much better than convert). Black Diamond has improved upon all the downfalls seen in the awesome carbon convert with the Helio. Austrian made and very solid I highly recommend them for a solid do it all touring ski that is great on the ascent and descent. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have additional questions.



      best regards,

      Ethan