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The Black Diamond Helio 105 may not be a women's specific ski but it's absolutely ideal for hard-charging female ski mountaineers looking for a lightweight, playful big mountain ski.
Level
Advanced
Terrain
Touring
Best for
Ski mountaineers and soft snow oriented backcountry skiers looking to save weight without sacrificing downhill performance
Price
£760
Season
2018/19
lengths
165,175,185
Bindings?
No
Float
10
Playfulness
8
Value
8
Edge hold
8
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Incredibly light for such a wide ski - so much fun!
BD need to make more of the fact that the lightweight construction of the Helio 105 makes it ideal for female ski tourers

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If you're serious about your skiing, regularly accessing big mountain lines and constantly in pursuit of steep and deep technical terrain, then the lightweight carbon Black Diamond Helio 105 really needs to be on your wish list.

At 1,3500g per ski in the 165cm version we tested, the Helio 105 is surprisingly light for its meaty 105mm underfoot profile, making it the ideal choice for long hikes followed by deep descents.

The Helio 105's featheriness is the product of its pre-preg carbon fibre layup and ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core that combine to reduce big vertical ascent-induced fatigue. This superlight construction also makes for a stiff yet responsive ski that you can rely on to deliver when you need to put in quick turns in steep terrain.

With 105mm underfoot, the Black Diamond Helio 105 is perfect for deep soft snow days or cruisy spring snow when you're looking for maximum surf and float from your ski, so have no fear when you hike off into the backcountry with these strapped to your back.

Easy to maneuver and with great edge hold for a relatively fat ski, the Helio 105's are equal parts nimble and stable, playful and reliable - a lightweight bomber of a ski and genuine backcountry all-rounder for touring, freeriding and ski mountaineering.

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