Black Diamond Helio 88 Ski - 2020
- 158cm, 168cm, 178cm
- [158cm] 119 / 88 / 110mm, [168cm] 121 / 88 / 111mm, [178cm] 123 / 88 / 112mm
- Turn Radius:
- [158 cm] 17m, [168 cm] 18m, [178 cm] 16m
- early rise tip and tail, camber underfoot
- balsa flax wood
- Claimed Weight:
- (pair) [158 cm] 4lb 9oz, [168 cm] 5lb 3oz, [178 cm] 5lb 13oz
- backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 year
Helio 88 Ski
Weighing in at just over 5 pounds per pair, Black Diamond's Helio 88 Ski is at home on long tours or quick ascents. Built with a redesigned pre-preg carbon fiber layup for better vibration dampening and more torsional stiffness than the previous version, and the same ultralight balsa flax wood core for a featherweight feel, it's ravenous for long approaches, technically demanding ascents, and fast climbing. For ski-mountaineering racers, high-altitude die-hards, and dawn-to-dusk expeditioners searching for a bit of levity, these skis are an instant game-changer.
Though the Helio 88 feels like two buoyant balloons attached to your boots, you won't feel like they're floating away from you when you lock your heels in for the descent. The ABS sidewalls and the durable, chatter-gobbling sandwich construction provides burly torsional rigidity, reliable edge grip, and a smooth, stiff flex for aggressive performance on hard snow, while the early rise tip and tail lend a touch of float and reduce your effort while breaking trail. After all, with the Helio's weight savings, you're sure to be at the front of the pack time after time.
- Ultralight skis for blazing fast ascents
- Technically focused 88mm waist width is quick and nimble
- Early rise tip and tail efficiently break trail
- Engineered balsa flax wood keeps ski lightweight and poppy
- Redesigned pre-preg carbon fiber layup ensures a damp, stiff ride
- Durable ABS sidewalls provide reliable edge grip and added stability
- Integrated skin clip tab keeps skins securely in place
Recommended Sizing Guide
Your ski size is largely determined by both your skiing ability and your preferred style of skiing. For example, an expert skier in Vermont will ski a far different ski than an expert in British Columbia. So take a look at our chart and explanations and find your perfect fit. Your weight also plays a large factor in finding the right ski. If you are either under or over average weight for your height consider downsizing or upsizing, respectively.
|Big-Mountain Freeride||Backcountry Jib||All-Mountain||Park & Pipe||All-Mountain Carve|
|Pro||180 - 200cm||180 - 190cm||180 - 190cm||175 - 185cm||175 - 185cm|
|Expert||170 - 180cm||175 - 185cm||170 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||170 - 185cm|
|Intermediate||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 180cm||160 - 175cm|
|Entry Level||N/A||N/A||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm||150 - 170cm|
SKILL LEVEL EXPLANATIONS
Pro: Excels on any terrain, on any snow condition. Enjoys high speeds.
Expert: Comfortable on any terrain and most snow conditions.
Intermediate: Comfortable on Blue trails, exploring Black trails.
Entry Level: Learning to ski Green and Blue trails.
SKIING STYLE EXPLANATIONS
Big-Mountain Freeride: High speeds, deep powder, steep lines, straightlining, chutes, cliffs.
Backcountry Jib: Backcountry kickers, hucking, twintips, deep powder.
All-Mountain: From bumps to back bowls, groomers to glades; everything and anywhere on the mountain.
Park & Pipe: De-tuned edges and buttery twin tips, occasionally pole-impaired.
All-Mountain Carve: Stiff. High-speed corduroy cutter. For those blind to SLOW signs.