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The ski: Black Diamond Helio 105
Black Diamond's superb Carbon and wood cored wide touring skis are an excellent light weight companion on big days out hunting soft snow.
Weight 2.9 KG per pair 175cm
Construction: Balsa wood and carbon sandwich sidewall
The Black Diamond Helio 105 Carbon weigh in at 2.9KG per pair at 175cm, which is feather light for the healthy 105mm underfoot width.
Featuring a large tip rocker and slight tail rocker, the Helio 105 make for fun, surfy and agile skiing in soft snow whilst still holding a reliable edge in icier conditions.
The latest addition to these powder touring tools is a pre-preg carbon fiber layup which is designed to dampen the ski and beef up the torsional flex.
With ABS sidewall for power transmission and durability the Helio series can still take abuse despite the light weight.
An excellent choice for a soft snow touring ski which can still hack it if conditions are not ideal, used by many people as an all mountain ski!
+ Dynafit Rotation 12
- Weight: 1.2 kg (per pair)
- Height from ski deck: 22mm
- Boot Compatibility: Boots with Tech fittings only.
- Adjustable release settings at heel only range 5 - 12
Weighing in at 1.2 kilos for the pair they are considerably lighter than frame touring bindings. Based on the Radical ST 2, the ST Rotation 12 has a 'click' which keeps the rotating toe piece in the central position making it much easier to line up the heel pin fittings with the binding pins when stepping in.
Like it's predecessor, the Rotation 12 has a rotating plate below the toe piece which pivots as the boot twists in the binding, this allows the boot to rotate at the heel, within the heel piece's elastic range (some horizontal movement without reaching the release value) following big impacts without the toe piece pre releasing. This means that it should be no longer necessary to ski with the toe piece locked to skinning function to avoid unwanted release.
The Rotation 12 bindings have adjustable lateral and vertical release at the heel.
The Dynafit ST Rotation 12 bindings have a low stand height making them feel stable and the pivot at the toe has a natural feel when skinning.
The Rotation series uses Dynafits Quick Step fittings which used in conjunction with a boot with Quick Step inserts make it easier to step in at the toe. With two flick over climbing positions on the heel piece its easier and quicker to change your heel height on varying terrain.
The Rotation 12 bindings feature brakes, this makes them easier and more practical for most users although the Rando racers out there will usually prefer the striped down models (look at the Superlite 2.0 12).
The current Rotation bindings don't have removable brakes so you can't easily swap to a different brake width if you change ski.
If you're an experienced skier looking for a reliable and fully featured lightweight binding for a ski touring set up the Dynafit Rotation 12 is a great choice.