The new Helio line from Black Diamond utilizes a pre-preg carbon laminate and ABS sidewalls surrounding a balsa-flax wood core. These technologies are seen individually with some other brands, but BD is the only one with this particular recipe. Verdict? This ski rips. The Helio 105 is stiff underfoot and can arc big turns down open bowls, but tip and tail rocker shorten the footprint to make it manageable in tight spaces. Not the lightest backcountry ski on the rack, but it makes up for it in downhill performance.
Weight: 1,450g per ski (175)