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Black Diamond
Helio Recon 105 Alpine Touring Ski

4.6 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews

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Helio Recon 105 Ski

The Black Diamond Helio Recon 105 Ski styles the same backcountry-friendly design as the original Helio, except instead of a lighter carbon layup, Black Diamond used triaxial fiberglass for a beefier, stiffer feel. That's not to say it's too heavy for touring; this Recon model maintains a trim seven pound weight that's more than suitable for a long skin up steep mountains. It simply styles the same shape, sidewalls, and vibration-damping technology as the original Helio, except a stiffer flex and a poppier wood core make the Recon a more aggressive choice for laying down turns at faster speeds, and digging into firmer snow a bit better.


  • Beefier buildup of Black Diamond's Helio backcountry ski
  • 105mm waist is the widest Recon ski, optimized for powder
  • Rockered tip and tail ease turn initiation in softer snow
  • Camber underfoot holds an edge on firmer snow
  • Poppy poplar wood core with pre-preg fiberglass for stiffness
  • ABS sidewalls add long-lasting durability season after season
  • Added damping technology borrowed from Helio's popular design
  • Item #BLD013N
165cm, 175cm, 185cm
[165cm] 131 / 105 / 118mm [175cm] 132 / 105 / 118mm [185cm] 134 / 108 / 119mm
Turn Radius
[165cm] 20m [175cm] 21m [185cm] 22m
rocker / camber / rocker
ABS sidewalls
pre-preg fiberglass
Claimed Weight
[165cm] 7lb, [175cm] 7lb 8oz, [185cm] 7lb 15oz
Recommended Use
backcountry skiing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 10 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

December 29, 2022

Great ski

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

Light, damp, just enough weight to be fun downhill and not too bad uphill. Went with the 185cm. Do not experience any tip dive with the recommended BC mount line in fresh snow. Plenty playful too!

Ryan C
5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Bought this ski to have a lighter AT setup but still do the occasional groomer runs. Absolutely love these skis, turn well and feel great

Josh B

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5 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

Big boy in the Backcountry!

While on a recent trip to WY I decided I wanted to do some backcountry skiing. I motored down to Bluebird Backcountry in CO and rented a set up consisting of Black Diamond Helio skis and Dynafit ST bindings. I have to say I was very surprised at the durability, downhill ski-ability and overall performance of these skis. I was a little concerned about them being able to perform for a larger athlete @ 6'-5" and 240lbs but, they were fantastic! I will be getting a pair of these for my quiver and would recommend them to anyone!

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Seth B

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4 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2022

I bought these as a ski touring ski for the powder days. Skis work great in the powder, are relatively light and go uphill easily. What little time I've spent on the groomers with these skis was not ideal, but it isn't what I bought them for. The factory tune that came on these skis was not ideal for me. I had to retune them, putting a 89 deg side edge and 1 deg base, which made them much more responsive.

Luke C

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5 out of 5 stars

April 6, 2020

Light and versatile

two years of skiing on the Helio. It is quickly replacing most other skis for me in the backcountry.


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3 out of 5 stars

March 13, 2020

Great on powder, tragic on crunch

Skied 20 days in these now. They are so stiff, it is crazy. On powder days, they are great. Smooth, floating. But powder on crunch, or any variable condition, every bump is transferred straight to my leg. These skies have zero give. So, great skies of you only ride powder, no so great for PNW terrain.


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5 out of 5 stars

February 3, 2020

these skis fricken rip

never been compelled to write a gear review before but these are amazing. they arc groomers better than any powder ski i've spent time on, are incredibly playful but manageable in a wide variety of conditions, they even rip bumps. After just a few days on them I had the confidence to ski the most technical lines of my life and they were totally solid. Also light enough to not be a drag on the uphill. My one complaint is that they are exposing how sloppy my touring boots are, but I suppose theres an easy solution to that. Can't recommend enough. They made my friend tell me I "actually looked like a good skier"...


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4 out of 5 stars

January 27, 2020

Very nice touring ski

This is the damper, slightly heavier version of black diamonds 105 width touring skis. Although the carbon helio version is lighter with the carbon contruction, I like how this build feels better. I like the shape, it is easy to carve turns at the resort, and skis powder pretty well. Even in heavier, wetter, consolidated powder, it does just fine. I have a fritschi vipec binding on it and I love the combo. I mounted 3cm behind the recommended (BC) line and I am very happy so far.


Originally reviewed on

5 out of 5 stars

December 27, 2019

Super skis!

I have now skied on the Helio 105/185cm ten times and feel I can comment on their performance. I am 200#, and have been skiing professionally for 34 years in Colorado. I have skied the skis in hard pack and powder, and I find them to be predictable and smooth in any condition. On the hard pack they are smooth and stable, no chatter, and make controlled medium radius turns with ease. I have also enjoyed them in the moguls some as well. In the powder they are smooth and predictable and turn with ease giving me confidence to just plow ahead. Long ago I owned some BD skis and was disappointed so I was skeptical - glad I bought these! Great all arounder that is motivating me to get out and skin some laps! One "ski quiver" gets tossed around with these skis and I agree.


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5 out of 5 stars

December 21, 2019

I have had the Helio 105 for a little under a year. Whether I was tearing up the moguls in resort or slaying the pow in the backcountry they faithfully carried me down the slopes. These are incredible skis and super fun to ride on in any backcountry environment. They are fun on the groomers or moguls in resort but to reach their full potential you need to go for a powder ski.

Ezra S.

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