Black Diamond Equipment
Helio 95 Carbon Ski - Fall 17
Combining traditional touring dimensions with an ultralight design and modern shape, the Helio 95 has the technical chops for far-flung objectives and local steeps, while maintaining a balanced flex and fun, forgiving performance in deep snow. READ MORE
Combining traditional touring dimensions with an ultralight design and modern shape, the Helio 95 has the technical chops for far-flung objectives and local steeps, while maintaining a balanced flex and fun, forgiving performance in deep snow. Learn More
DescriptionOur mid-sized ultralight ski for technical descents from the Cordillera Blanca to the Canadian Rockies, the Black Diamond Helio 95 ski balances playful, soft-snow performance with technical precision. 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.
- Versatile 95-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: 50% soft snow/50% hard snow
- Mounting with telemark bindings is not recommended
Helio Ski Series Construction
Helio 95 Carbon Ski - Fall 17 is rated out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mountain man Matt from Fast and light I got these for ski mountaineering in Alaska and am very impressed with how light and fast these skis are. It is very easy to break trail and very responsive on the way down.
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew McLean from Pure Touring Bliss Within ten minutes of starting any tour, I'm always reminded of how much I love these skis. They are an excellent combination of lightweight, durability and skiability. I've got at least 300 days on a pair and they are still going strong. A key aspect to understanding these skis is that they are A) a lightweight carbon ski and, B) a 100%, full-on touring ski. They are not meant as a mogul basher or resort ski, nor do they hold an edge on extremely steep, icy slopes, but then again, no 95mm carbon ski does. I've found the Helio 95 performs best in consistent conditions - powder, corn, firn snow, etc. Like all lightweight skis, they tend to get jacked around in manky conditions, but in that case something like the Route 95 is probably a better choice. But all said, when conditions are consistent, these skis deliver.
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by George from Weak overal performance At high speed it get deflected to easily. The low rise, make them vulneable for variable snow. The recomended center point (further back) is still to centered. I would recomend plus 2 from this point. Anyway a light ski, but luck of power on the downhill.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jerry from great all round ski Every time i ski this i like it better. As some point out, the tip is very low cut and could be turned up just a bit but it works in all conditions. Have skied them in powder, firm, crust...they just work. Nice job design team.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by seattlejim from Light on the ups, fun turns heading down Bought these 2 months ago and ski in the pacific NW - both on piste and back country. In the area, they are great on groomers and break through crud on ungroomed areas. Turn easily - very responsive. Good dampening and no chatter, even in icier conditions. In backcountry, light weight a big plus for climbing. In deeper snow, they don't float quite as well as fatter skis - to be expected - but do just fine. An all around excellent ski and worthy for quiver of one - especially for someone like me who enjoys touring as well as turning, and doesn't seek out the steep and deep.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by Luc514 from Turbo climber! What a great lightweight ski, sharp edges, stiff just enough. The width is a good all around for the east coast crud/ice/wet snow. Good vibration dampening when heading down but of course this isn't a downhill ski but you can still carve once you get the hang of it.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by Czalp from Too flimsy and flat Not enough camber and too flimsy. I went with the 175cm at 5’9” and 155lbs. Should have gone longer and stiffer. Super light weight though.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by trevordoubleu from Tip Rise I mounted these with the Dynafit TLT superlite 2.0 and was beyond happy with the ~7 lb setup. I'm 6'5 200 lbs and skied the 183 cm (which is closer 185 cm when held next to similar skis). They ski very well for their weight and overall I'm happy with the purchase. 2 things I noticed skiing them was that the tip rise is low causing me to be more conscious of obstacles (dense snow) in front of me in the skin track. Also I mounted them at the suggested mounting point (furthest back) and this caused the tip of the ski to be slightly heavier than the tail causing more skinning woes--I fell forward a couple times. I appreciate the super light tails but I'm wondering if the tip would float a little higher if I mounted them +1 or +2. Just food for thought for prospective buyers. On the whole, I think the skis are an amazing feet of engineering and really appreciate the doors these lightweight skis are opening for me.
Date published: 2017-04-05