|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|Skier Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Ski Style||Alpine Touring|
|On Snow Feel|
Black Diamond Route 105 2018 - 2017 Review by A Better Ski
2017-18 Black Diamond Route 105 Review by A Better Ski
The Black Diamond Route 105 is new to the line-up 2017-18 and is Black Diamonds first batch of skis produced by Austria’s Blizzard. The Route 105 will be a great option for those looking for the one ski that does it all. Stout enough for inbounds skiing and light enough for touring, the Route 105 is a natural forgiving ski.
2017-2018 Black Diamond Route 105 Ski Review
Shape: 105 Underfoot
Conditions: Dense Powder, Chop
Boots: Scarpa Maestrale RS
Bindings: Fritschi-Swiss Diamir Vipec 12
Ski Personality: The Black Diamond Route 105 is a natural skiing lightweight ski that is lively and has the potential to fill many rolls.
On the Snow Feel: A very natural and predictable ride provided by Black Diamond’s Route 105 was a pure joy to ski. Camber underfoot helped move the ski from edge to edge with a surprising amount of pop for a lightweight ski. The ski was enjoyable and forgiving on both tracked and untracked snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Route 105 provided really nice carveablity for a ski with 105mm underfoot, although not a front side only ski, the Route 105 provided much better edge hold and tracking then its light weight exterior would suggest. Flatish tails liked to finish turns but weren’t grabby or demanding if you wanted to blow off some speed.
Speed: Not super confident with a ton of speed, especially through rough snow conditions, this is a lightweight ski that would be better off in backcountry snow, bobbing happily down an open bowl. If pushed really hard, you will notice a little instability.
Powder: Start practicing your figure eights today, the Route 105 will have you making short swing beautiful turns through the deepest snow. This is not a powder specialist, but provides plenty of float on deep days and will have you smiling widely.
Uneven/Variable Terrain: Good, just don’t ask too much of it. It’s natural skiing tendency, and lightweight will help you keep your speed down when skiing crud, just be careful when you open it up
Flex: Pretty soft in the tip, and moderate under both tip and tail.
Touring: This is the name of the game for the Black Diamond Route 105, lightweight, and pleasant to bring uphill with camber underfoot. Black Diamond did flatten out that tip to give you a solid attachment point for skins that wont slide off.
Overall: The Black Diamond Route 105 will be the perfect ski for a backcountry tourer that is looking for a ski that can be skied on resort as well. This will suit well to non aggressive skiers and people not looking for a demanding ride. This may be that one ski if you are interested in uphill performance.
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