Black Diamond Helio 88

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The Helio 88 Ski is Black Diamond's lightest ski and is one of the narrowest. They are designed for mountaineering races and long distance treks. The Helio 88 is constructed of carbon fiber so it still offers balance and flexibility while maintaining solid edge control.

- Gear.com

The perfect ski for high-altitude descents or any dawn-to-dusk day in the backcountry, the Black Diamond Helio 88 shaves grams without sacrificing performance. The Helio's improved pre-preg carbon fiber layup with ABS sidewalls adds dampness for a smoother ride and it's extremely light for long approaches and technical ascents. The Helio 88 also maintains a smooth flex and torsional stiffness for reliable, responsive skiing on the way down. Early rise in the tip and tail improves flotation and trail-breaking efficiency, and an ABS tail protector also has an integrated skin-clip tab to keep your skins secure.

- Black Diamond Equipment

The Black Diamond Helio 88 Ski is a lightweight ski for High-altitude descent. Whether you're ready to sign up for a ski-mountaineering race or just enjoy spending time in the backcountry, the lightest ski in Black Diamond's line will help trim some weight. The carbon fiber layup allows for the weight drop while remaining flexible with just enough stiffness for the way down. Built for mostly hard Snow. Features of the Black Diamond Helio 76 Ski Technical 88-mm waist with early rise tip and tail Pre-preg carbon fiber layup offers torsional stiffness and balanced flex Ultralight engineered balsa flax Wood core 5 mm beveled ABS sidewalls ABS tail protector with integrated skin-clip tab Optimal use: 30% soft Snow/70% hard Snow Mounting with telemark bindings is not recommended

- Moosejaw

As the lightest, narrowest ski in Black Diamond's ski mountaineering-oriented lineup, the Helio 76 Ski is designed for fitness laps, long slogs, skimo races, or any mission where you need to move quickly and efficiently. The 76-millimeter waist cuts out those extra ounces you'll find from a wider ski, resulting in a nimble ride on the descents without holding you back when you're crushing the ascents. An early rise tip and tail make the Helio 76 able to handle some softer snow should you find any, but its svelte profile leans more towards firm conditions. At the heart of the Helio is an ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core, which is responsible for the ski's impressively low weight and gives it a fun, responsive personality. Pair this with the carbon fiber layup and ABS sidewalls for improved torsional stiffness, dampness, and a better edge hold, and you have a smooth, precise ride all the way down. Black Diamond equipped the ski with integrated skin clip tabs, too, to keep your skins securely in place and prevent unnecessary wear from skin clips.

- Backcountry.com

Black Diamond Backcountry Skiing Helio 88 Ski Yellow 158cm BD11511300001581. The Helios improved pre-preg carbon fiber layup with ABS sidewalls adds dampness for a smoother ride and its extremely light for long approaches and technical ascents. The Helio 88 also maintains a smooth flex and torsional stiffness for reliable responsive skiing on the way down. Early rise in the tip and tail improves flotation and trail-breaking efficiency and an ABS tail protector also has an integrated skin-clip tab to keep your skins secure.

- CampSaver.com

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