Black Diamond Convert Skis

backcountry black diamond convert skis skis winter buyers guide 2014

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BEST FOR: Touring far and high.

THE TEST: With just the right amount of girth (105 millimeters) and moderate rocker at the tip and tail, the Convert floats through most conditions. Testers called it a “lively,” “playful” ski that likes to be on edge but can smear when necessary. Metal tabs on the tail make for a secure connection between ski and skin. 133/105/117; 7.3 lb.

THE VERDICT: For snapping turns in trees it’s tough to beat, but it doesn’t have the heft to push through crud.

VERSATILITY: 3.5

POWER: 3

Brand: Black Diamond $799
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