Backcountry Skis

Black Diamond Helio Recon 105 (2020)

2020 Backcountry Ski Review

Brand: Black Diamond

Model: Helio Recon 105


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

165, 175, 185

Radius (m)




  • Weight: 1,800g per ski

Based on the successful Helio line, the Helio Recon series features a slightly heavier pre-preg fiberglass laminate instead of carbon. The result is a much more durable, stable, traditional freeride-oriented backcountry ski. Testers felt very comfortable in the Breckenridge backcountry on all types of terrain and snow conditions, noting that the Helio Recon comes alive with speed. It might not be the lightest in the skin track, but it rips on descents and doesn’t require a second mortgage.