Black Diamond Verdict Skis

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Black Diamond Verdict

Black Diamond Verdict Skis    Photo: Single Use

THE SELL: Light enough for hiking and touring but crosses over for soft snow in the resort. THE TEST: The newly rockered Verdict held up in pure powder, chopped snow, leftover crud, and all things ungroomed. Testers also praised its responsiveness and ability to pivot in unconsolidated snow. The downside? It cries uncle on firm groomers. But that’s only a problem if you spend a lot of time carving. This year’s vertical sidewalls add edge hold, while a layer of damping metal in the new sandwich layup contributes to ride quality. THE VERDICT: Mounted with a Marker Duke touring binding, it’s the perfect sidecountry setup. 134/102/121

Overall: 4
Carving: 3
Float: 5

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