Black Diamond Equipment Verdict Skis

Oct 29, 2012
Outside Magazine

   Photo: Black Diamond

BEST FOR: Off-trail crud busting and powerful turns on groomers.

THE TEST: At under 10 pounds, the Verdict is lightweight enough to tour all day in the backcountry, and it’s stable, predictable, and floaty enough to rise above weird snow anywhere. Would it be our everyday groomer ski? No. But for the in-bounds-to-out-of-bounds user, it’s got the right balance of weight and edge hold. “Solid turning everywhere,” said one tester. “Good in the tight spots and stable on-piste.”

THE VERDICT: Shoulder them for that boot-pack up the ridge knowing you’ll descend with confidence. 134/102/121

Overall: 3.8
Carving: 3.4
Resort Float: 4

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