Don't you dare hit snooze.
Speed is key when you're knocking out dawn patrols before work—the faster you get up, the more turns you can get in before you make it to your desk. The widest ski in Black Diamond's new Route series, the Route 105 strikes an all-time balance of uphill performance and downhill shreddage. The 105mm waist and rockered profile crush Rocky Mountain pow, and camber underfoot lets you blast through cruddy Northwest sludge no problem.
Black Diamond constructed its Route series with a poplar wood core, shedding weight without sacrificing durability while providing springy, playful pop. The pre-preg fiberglass layup adds torsional stiffness to keep the ski steady at high speeds and cuts chatter for a smooth ride down. The sandwich construction increases power and stability on the downhill, so you won't get tossed around if you end up bombing lift-accessed runs when avy conditions spike.
- A lightweight touring ski for ambitious backcountry skiers
- Versatile 105mm waist handles almost any condition
- Rockered profile keeps you afloat in fresh snow
- Camber underfoot for smooth downhill performance
- Poplar wood core is light and playful
- Pre-preg fiberglass layup sheds weight and maintains stiffness
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These skis are perhaps some of the most well-versed and capable skis I have ever tried. Not the lightest, but still very weight conscious for a non-carbon ski. In my opinion, the lack of carbon makes these skis feel better than they otherwise would, it not only makes their flex feel much more natural and gives them much better dampening when descending, but it is also much easier on your wallet, which is a welcome change from most other options available in this skis class. To me, they seem to ski a bit shorter than they actually are. The 185cm feels a bit closer to 180cm, although I mounted mine +1 from the recommended mount point, so I imagine that is playing a part in the apparent shortness. Light, nimble, comfortable, and versatile. Nothing else you need for a do-it-all touring ski.