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Helio 88 Carbon Ski

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Our narrowest carbon fiber ski designed for ski mountaineering races, high-altitude objectives and long-distance tours, the Helio 88 is the lightest ski in our line. Its pre-preg carbon fiber layup offers drastically reduced weight while maintaining balanced flex and solid edge control. READ MORE
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Our narrowest carbon fiber ski designed for ski mountaineering races, high-altitude objectives and long-distance tours, the Helio 88 is the lightest ski in our line. Its pre-preg carbon fiber layup offers drastically reduced weight while maintaining balanced flex and solid edge control. Learn More

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The lightest ski in our line and ideal for high-altitude descents, ski mountaineering races and any dawn-to-dusk day in the backcountry, the Black Diamond Helio 88 shaves grams without sacrificing performance. The Helio’s pre-preg carbon fiber layup makes it extremely light for long approaches and technical ascents, but helps maintain a smooth flex and torsional stiffness for reliable, responsive skiing on the way down. Early rise in the tip and tail improves flotation and trail-breaking efficiency, and an ABS tail protector also has an integrated skin-clip tab to keep your skins secure.
  • Technical 88-mm waist with early rise tip and tail
  • Pre-preg carbon fiber layup offers torsional stiffness and balanced flex
  • Ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core
  • 5 mm beveled ABS sidewalls
  • ABS tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab
  • Optimal use: 30% soft snow/70% hard snow
  • Mounting with telemark bindings is not recommended

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :  
[158 cm] 2.1 kg (4 lb 9 oz)
[168 cm] 2.4 kg (5 lb 3 oz)
[178 cm] 2.6 kg (5 lb 13 oz)
Dimensions :  
[158 cm] 119-88-110
[168 cm] 121-88-111
[178 cm] 123-88-112
Turn Radius :  
[158 cm] 17 m
[168 cm] 18 m
[178 cm] 19 m
Construction :   Pre-preg carbon layup, ABS sidewalls and ultra light engineered balsa flax wood core.

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Helio 88 Carbon Ski is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turny and Fun I now have five days on these skis, in conditions varying from perfect pre-lift-opening corduroy to skied-out semi-refrozen dust on crust. They're exactly what I hoped for—maneuverable, turny, fun. They get across the fall line quickly, are light enough I don't notice them much going up, and there have been no unpleasant surprises. Now I just need some powder to see how they do in that!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ski mountaineering tool! I got these skis for long days in the mountains, with weight savings in mind. I have now clocked almost 40,000ft of ascent and almost as much descent on them, mainly in spring conditions. They did not disappoint! Their low weight enables you to go faster, further, and with less effort. Throw them on your pack and they feel totally reasonable. Except for hitting the odd tree above your head, you almost forget they are there. Get skinning, and you'll be flying up. Some have complained that the 1.78m length is too short, but I never felt that way (I am 6ft, 182lb). I have skied them mostly on spring corn, but also on ice and on 6in of powder. They always held their own. Turny when you want them to but not jittery, easy to lay on edge, no chatter, right degree of stiffness. I am not a fan of wide skis, especially when spring conditions and long days are on the menu. The early rise on the tips has coped perfectly with deeper stashes and uneven conditions (suncups etc). Not sure how they would cope in deep powder, but that's not the reason to get these skis - I suspect they would do pretty well anyway. If you are looking for a light and fast tool that still performs, then look no further! Pair these up with a lightweight binding and skins, and watch the envy on your partners' faces when they pick them up or as you fly up the mountain ahead of them...
Date published: 2017-06-20
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