Black Diamond Carbon Convert Ski
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Ideal for weight-conscious backcountry missions where technical precision and soft-snow performance are equally important, the Carbon Convert weighs 380 grams less per pair than the original thanks to its carbon fiber construction. But don't worry, with its paulownia wood core it has the power to keep charging through variable conditions and high speed runouts.
Built for big days in the backcountry, the Carbon Convert skis combine the low weight needed for dawn-to-dusk tours with the width, and power to ski anything from waist-deep powder to steep couloirs.
Black Diamond's Carbon Convert is a carbon sandwich version of their stalwart Convert skis. Both skis share the same 105 mm waist and rockered tip and tail profile, with minimal camber underfoot. But, the Carbon Convert is a pound, a pair, lighter than the Convert and doesn't sacrifice smoothness and turnability for the weight reduction. The all white top-sheet keeps snow build-up to a minimum -- Versatile 105mm waist with rocker tip and tail-- Formula One 3D Light sandwich with pre-preg carcon construction and paulownia wood core-- 5mm beveled ABS sidewall with Power Edges-- SkinLock tail tabs-- Optimal use: 80% soft snow / 20% hard snow
Question: It snowed two feet last night, you've got some big backcountry lines on the menu, and your superlight skinny skis just don't have the float or the backbone to send and stomp like you need to--what's a dude to do' Answer: slap the Black Diamond Carbon Convert Ski on your feet. They have a freeride footprint, with a 105mm waist and rockered tip and tail, but a touring skeleton, with a carbon-fiber laminate and lightweight Paulownia wood core that help the Carbon Convert weigh in at right around six pounds a pair, nearly a full pound lighter than the standard Convert--in fact, at these dimensions, there isn't a lighter ski on the market. It's no skin-track-oriented noodle, though. Black Diamond's Formula One construction uses three stiff ribs that run vertically along the ski for torisional rigidity, letting you blast through high-speed turns and rough snow without deflection or instability. Even if you tag a rock at speed, the tough ABS sidewalls will give you, and your ski, a fighting chance of emerging unscathed, and the extra-thick Power Edges won't crumple under the impact, either. When it's time for the next lap, pop your skins into the SkinLock tail tabs and blast up the ridge as fast as you just came down.