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
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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 4 out of 5 by Cinderchutes from Excellent for Touring. I have used the ski in varied conditions and found it extremely responsive, easy turning and easy on the legs. I found two issues with the skis. In dry powder, they are a dream, quick, responsive and stable. When there are damp conditions the skis easily get deflected. Secondly, I would like to see increase in tip rise there is no need to increased the camber. The current amount of tip rise causes the skis to submerge when trail braking and skiing in breakable crust. I hope the 2018-2018 model will have that feature.
Date published: 2017-03-30
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 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 5 out of 5 by jschp from Great agressive lightweight ski. I have to say I was not sure of the design of those skis at first. I'm an agressive skier, who feels in control on stiff and stable skis. Most of lightweight skis are not stiff enough for me, so I normally use freeride style skis with tech binding. For a ski mountaineering trip, I borrowed the Helio 95 from a friend. The objective was to ski steep lines around Mt. Katahdin. We had all sorts of strange weather from freezing rain to deep snow (25cm + of snow). I have to say I was surprised at the first turn. The Helio 95 is stiff and responsive. You really feel the support of the skis all the way during the turn. Those skis can easily navigate through wind affected snow and icy conditions. It's not a deep snow ski, it's not the weapon of choice for the dump of the year, but it works well over fresh snow and soft spring corn. Skiing Mt. Katahdin mean you have to make a 17 miles approach (the main reason why I borrowed those skis...). But the Helio95 are light enough to make it almost enjoyable. It's real backcountry skis, but with the capacity to ski like a great alpine ski.
Date published: 2017-04-05
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrew McLean from Love them! These have been my main skis for the last two years and every time I go out I think about how much I like them. They are a very well balanced ski for steeps, powder, corn and just about anything else. They are also incredibly well built and stand up to a good beating.
Date published: 2017-03-29
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 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