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The Best Men’s All-Mountain Skis of 2022: Black Diamond Impulse 98

The all-new Black Diamond Impulse 98 can hold its own at the resort and in the backcountry, making it an ideal do-it-all ski.

Brand: Black Diamond

Model: Impulse 98

Overall Ranking: #12

Overall Score: 3.60 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

132-98-119

Lengths (cm)

161, 168, 175, 182, 189

Radius (m)

18 (182 length)

Waist Width (mm)

98

Gender

Unisex

Level

Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Poplar, Titanal

Sidewall Construction

Sandwich

Stability at Speed

3.61 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

3.61 / 5

Playfulness

3.82 / 5

Forgiveness

3.57 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

3.18 / 5

Crud Performance

3.57 / 5

Balance of Skills

3.5 / 5

Flotation

3.96 / 5

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2022 Black Diamond Impulse 98

The narrowest member of Black Diamond’s all-new all-mountain line, the Black Diamond Impulse 98 is an ideal option for skiers who want a fun, easy-to-ski ride that comes alive off the groomed path. While it’s not as wide as some of the other entries in this category, the noticeable rocker in the tip and tail plus some extra girth in the shovel stood out the most to testers, who ranked the Impulse 98 in the top-5 for Flotation in the category.

Built with a poplar wood core, ABS sidewalls, and Titanal reinforcement underfoot, the Impulse 98 should appeal to any skier who spends more time in the resort than in the backcountry, but still wants something that goes well with skins and a hybrid binding just in case the skin track beckons. “A ski that will service the uphill trek and the downhill glide,” notes tester Bob Gleason. “BD has found a blend with grace for the resort and the backcountry.”

Testers were surprised by the Impulse 98’s overall performance at Solitude. The ski hit the mark at intermediate speeds in particular, where it was easy to ski and especially maneuverable. While it didn’t have the caliber of some of the heavy metal skis when it came to carving up the corduroy, it could still hold its own there, too. “A great ski for every day in every condition for a variety of ability levels,” notes tester Drew Crosby.

  • Strengths: Flotation (4th in category), Playfulness (8th)
  • Weaknesses: Hard-Snow Integrity (18th), Stability at Speed (15th)

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