Black Diamond Helio Carbon 104 Ski
- 166cm, 172cm, 178cm, 184cm
- [184cm, 178cm, 172cm] 131 / 104 / 118mm [166cm] 130 / 104 / 117mm
- Turn Radius:
- [184cm] 23m [178cm] 22m [172cm] 21m [166cm] 20m
- rocker tip & tail, camber underfoot, early rise tip
- ABS sidewalls
- pre-preg carbon, elastomeric materials [binding] titanal
- P-tex 4500
- ABS tail protector with skin-clip tab
- Claimed Weight:
- [pair] (166cm) 6lb
- Recommended Use:
- backcountry skiing
- Manufacturer Warranty:
- 1 year
Helio Carbon 104 Ski
The Helio Carbon collection of backcountry skis consists of Black Diamond's lightest planks for alpine touring, and the Helio Carbon 104 Ski is one of the most versatile in the bunch. The second-widest Helio Carbon, this ski certainly has a penchant for powder but can rip icy chutes or aprons with variable snow as well as powder. Black Diamond designed it with an early rise at the tip so you can navigate deep powder with ease whether you're on the skin track or the descent, and a bit of camber underfoot works with the slightly rockered tail to employ a versatile performance whether you're edging down icy couloirs or cruising spring crud. The Helio Carbon is made of light paulownia wood and a pre-preg carbon layup for increased stiffness at the lowest weight possible. Full-perimeter ABS sidewalls maximize durability and are easy to tune when you blow a side out on some shark hidden in the pow. The ABS tail protector has a clip-in for climbing skins, and a titanal plate adds binding retention underfoot for greater strength.
- Black Diamond's premier ultralight backcountry ski rides everything
- 104mm waist is the second-widest and most versatile Helio Carbon
- Early rise tip initiates solid performance in powder
- Camber underfoot and rockered tip shaped to ride variable snow, too
- Ultralight wood core laid up with pre-preg carbon for stiffness
- Full-perimeter ABS sidewalls optimize durability and edge control
- ABS tail protector and titanal binding reinforcements
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.