mtn maniacwrote a review of Black Diamond Zealot Ski on November 15, 2010
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