User Review: Black Diamond Aspect Ski
A Tale of Two skis
Bindings: Dynafit ST
Boots: BD Methods
Me: 6'2", 195 lbs, ski anything
I got the Aspect/Dynafit combo for ultra-lightweight touring. It's crazy light, this gets 5 stars, no doubt.
I skied it in 2 modes: (1) as received, no tune, no wax and (2) edge tuned and waxed. This was my first day on the Aspects skiing at Cannon Mtn NH, snow was as good as it gets in the East. Results:
(1) Skiing on about 1' of light powder, soft packed pow and a little eastern hardpack. Absolute horror show. Catchy, couldn't turn, I though my skiing had somehow evaporated. I was ready to sell them. Zero stars.
(2) After tuning (1 deg base bevel, 2 deg edge bevel, waxed and edged detuned about 1' from the front tip and 6" at tails): Complete transformation! A very easy turner, carves beautifully, lots of fun.
I found them surprisingly stable at speed. They were easy and forgiving in powder too.They reallly worked well on everything except scratchy hardpack. These are pretty soft skis and they tended to chatter. They supposedly have some tip rocker which I think contributes to chatter too. This doesn't concern me much cause most of my backcountry work is on pow or corn and I'd guess that it wasn't a design goal either.
If you're spending time on ice or crust I'd want a heavier, more aggressive ski. But in the end they seem to be exactly what I was looking for. Five stars.
Average: 4.5 cause of hardpack performance.