Backcountry Skis

Black Diamond Helio Recon 88 (2020)

2020 Backcountry Ski Review

Brand: Black Diamond

Model: Helio Recon 88


Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)


Lengths (cm)

158, 168, 178

Radius (m)




  • Weight: 1,450g per ski

The female testers praised the downhill capabilities of the new Helio Recon 88 first and foremost. With a carbon-free construction, the versatile Helio Recon 88’s poplar wood core does most of the heavy lifting in ski mode, remaining damp and chatter-free at all speeds, no matter how steep the runs became. The downhill performance comes at a cost for uphill travel, however, making these skis better suited for day trips than for long expeditions. A solid option for most weekend warriors.