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Black Diamond Helio Carbon 88 (Backcountry Touring Ski 2023/2024)

Product Summary

Due to its lighweight construction the Black Diamond Helio Carbon 88 is easy to handle not only downhill but also during longer ascents. The Black Diamond Helio Carbon 88's full retail price is €800. The Ski costs roughly €190 more than the average price of all Backcountry Touring Skis, making it a real luxury Ski. This ski is just right for good skiers. Stable but not overpowering. The clue's in the name. This Allmountain ski is designed for 50/50 versatility on-piste and off-piste. The ski is available from 152 to 179cm.

The ski in details

The perfect backcountry ski for dawn patrol missions or all-day vert-racking tours through technical terrain, the Black Diamond Helio 88 shaves grams while improving the ski’s downhill capabilities. The Helio’s pre-preg carbon fiber layup is combined with an engineered paulownia wood core and full- perimeter ABS sidewalls for added dampness, while maintaining a smooth flex and torsional stiffness for reliable, responsive skiing on the way down. Early rise in the tip improves flotation and trail-breaking efficiency, and an ABS tail protector also has an integrated skin-clip tab to keep your skins secure.

  • Technical 88-mm waist with early rise tip
  • Pre-preg carbon fiber layup offers improved dampness, torsional stiffness and balanced flex
  • Engineered paulownia wood core
  • Full-perimeter 5 mm beveled ABS sidewalls
  • ABS tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab
  • Titanal binding mounting plate
  • Optimal use: 30% soft snow, 70% hard snow
  • Handmade in Austria
  • Weight: 2.58kg/Pair @ 170cm

Technologies

Prepreg Fiberglass (Helio Carbon)
This layup is optimized for efficiency without giving up downhill performance. This layup is ideal for any backcountry mission.

Engineered Paulownia Wood Core
Paulownia wood is the material of choice when light weight is required, but compromising downhill performance is not an option. It has good compressive and shear properties, which allow for remarkably smooth and chatter-free ski performance at very low weight.

Full Perimenter ABS Sidewalls
ABS sidewalls wrap the entire perimeter of the ski, offering optimal durability and Internal Core damping. Used on skis designed for maximum downhill performance and durability, but optimized for minimal weight.

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Facts

Season 2023/2024
Season start: 2023
Season end: 2024
Category Backcountry Touring Ski
Suggested Retail Price 800 €
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Terrain

Slope
50%
Powder
50%

Skill Level

1 = Newbie, 10 = Pro
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Available lengths

Length (cm)Radius (m)Sidecut (mm)
152
52.49 ft
119
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88
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110
161
55.77 ft
119
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88
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110
170
59.06 ft
120
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88
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111
179
62.34 ft
122
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88
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111