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Route 95 Ski

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With versatile dimensions, durable construction and damp yet highly responsive skiing, the Route 95 strikes the perfect balance between soft-snow performance and technical precision for the dedicated backcountry skier. READ MORE
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With versatile dimensions, durable construction and damp yet highly responsive skiing, the Route 95 strikes the perfect balance between soft-snow performance and technical precision for the dedicated backcountry skier. Learn More

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A daily backcountry driver that stands up to season after season of ski touring, the Black Diamond Route 95 offers premium performance on deep days while retaining the torsional stiffness to drive powerful turns in technical terrain and mixed conditions. Built in Austria with a 95-mm waist, fiberglass layup, poplar wood core and flat construction for increased torsional stiffness, the Route incorporates many of the same design principles as our Helio Series, with an emphasis on durability that makes it ideal for daily use by dedicated backcountry skiers. The rockered tip provides improved flotation both in deep snow and on the skin track.

  • Versatile 95-mm waist handles a variety of conditions
  • Rockered tip and tail and traditional camber underfoot
  • Made in Austria with a pre-preg fiberglass layup and poplar core
  • Flat-top construction for increased power and torsional stiffness
  • Optimal Use: 60% soft snow, 40% hard snow

Tech Specs

Series :   Route
Weight Per Pair :  
[163 cm] 2.8 kg (6 lb 2 oz)
[173 cm] 3.1 kg (6 lb 13 oz)
[183 cm] 3.2 kg (7 lb 1 oz)
Dimensions :   [163 cm] 122-95-112
[173 cm] 123-95-113
[183 cm] 125-95-114
Turn Radius :   [163 cm] 18 m
[173 cm] 19 m
[183 cm] 20 m4
Construction :   Poplar core, Pre-preg fiberglass layup

Awards


  • DSV aktiv Tipp Winner

  • Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide Select 2018

  • Aka Skidor 2018
Route 95 Ski is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hidden Gem The Route 95 is the ultimate sleeper ski - it performs well in ALL conditions, is durable, easy to tour with and features immaculate construction. I first picked up a pair of Route 95's for a trip to Antarctica where I wanted something with a bit more dampening (wood core), but the more I skied on them, the more I kept picking them out as my regular Go To ski. The wood core not only makes the ski more durable as far as bouncing over early season logs, rocks and dirt, but it also plows through mixed snow conditions much more predictably than an ultra light ski. I've got over 200 days on my Route 95's and each time I think they are done, I give them a wax & tune and they fire right back up. Great skis!
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great one-quiver ski! Bought two pairs this season (after an unfortunate rock shot to the first) as I was happy enough the first time around. Haven't tested in deep pow (and probably wouldn't be my first choice for only deep pow skiing). Good in variable backcountry conditions, used at the resort (no chatter on groomers)... have had some snow gather on topsheets on warmer days, but I've never found a ski that completely solves that issue.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Impressed I bought these skis in their 183cm length for the 2017/2018 season to replace an ultralight pair of touring skis (which I hated). I am a fairly aggressive skier, clocking in at 185lbs without any gear (so 200+ with an avi pack, etc). First impression: Cautiously Optimistic. These are well constructed, with a strong feeling topsheet and ptex base and nearly fully length sidewalls (tapered near the rockered tip), which I felt were a must after losing confidence in cap constructions. They are quite stiff feeling and consistent through the entirety of the ski. With a fair amount of rocker in the tip and a subdued amount of rise in the flat tail, I was cautiously optimistic that the skis would handle themselves well in a number of conditions. Plus, they looked good! I learned pretty quickly while warming up at a resort that the skis reward a "neutral" stance, versus the aggressive forward lean I grew accustomed to on my old Volkl Mantras through this dry season. Pushing the skis too hard resulted in the back half of the ski washing out and the planks informing you (kindly) of their lack of appreciation. Once I learned how to ski them, though, these things really held their own. Surprisingly for such a light setup, by mid-afternoon I was bombing down mogul runs and arcing big turns down open runs at speeds I would never even consider in a backcountry environment. Second Impression: Surprised/Impressed. My first full-value trip was a multi-day hut near Copper Mountain, which delivered days of fresh snow and up to knee-deep+ powder (a surprise for this year). Given how light these skis are, and their friendly backcountry shape, they crush the skin track similar to how my ultralights did, even when breaking trail in deep snow. They are well balanced for kick-turns, and I appreciate the skin clip at the tail. To my surprise, despite these Routes only being 95 underfoot, they ski powder incredibly well. Somewhere between the waist width, the amount of subtle rocker in the tip, and what I found to be a truly impressive tail, they made me forget what a relatively small ski I was on in knee-deep conditions. With the right stance, I found the tails would pop me out enthusiastically for every turn, and achieved a great balance between pop and slarve-ability. In essence, they were fun. Like, really fun. Final Impression: Totally Impressed. Now that the season out here has turned (albeit early) toward spring mountaineering, I finally got to put these skis in the element I intended for them -“ long tours, spring snow, and steep couloirs! My wife and I made a pilgrimage to Rocky Mountain National Park to ski Dragon Tail Couloir over the weekend, and in true style, the snow was "œcharacter building" at best! A couple inches of fresh powder on top of a consolidated/icy variable base. To my surprise, these skis made those conditions FUN, and I was able to rocket both tight and larger-radius turns down the Tail. Being able to engage the edges on command and depend on the stiff sidewall construction was exactly what I wanted - confidence inspiring!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice but brittle top sheets I really like the stats on this ski. 183 length 95 underfoot and 7# is a really nice do it all ski. And this ski can do it all. It tours really well and is nimble on the skin track. I have them mounted with the radical 2.0's and have skied them at the resort no problem. They are very fun to ski. They carve reallllly well. I haven't skied them on a deep day yet but I'm sure they're fun. Because skiing powder is fun. I'm sure it's a durable ski... but the top sheet is very brittle. It gets knicks and chips very easily. This weird thing happens where the interface of the top sheet and sidewall peels like string cheese. They look pretty beat up after 20 days. It's disappointing considering the marketing claims on this series even though it's only cosmetic.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good ski, scratch easily Intermediate skier. Have used these on resort about 5 times but haven't had a chance in the backcountry yet. The skis feel great, strong and flexible, and hold an edge really well. Only complaint is that after my first day I noticed a scratch that caused the top layer to come off the ski a bit. I am guessing my skis crossed and cut this up. I sealed this with epoxy and that seems to be doing the job. In general, the tops of the skis scratch easily.
Date published: 2018-01-09
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