Helio 88

Black Diamond Helio 88

Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Helio 88
Category
Touring
Weight
1350 gr
Waist
88 mm
Tested length
178 cm
Year
2018

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

7
4
3
2
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of Black Diamond Helio 88:

9 / 10

Hard snow:
7 / 10
Soft snow:
9 / 10
Up:
8 / 10
Technical info:
Black Diamond´s new model in the Helio series is a purebred carbon fibre construction with a titanal reinforcement. The ski stands out for its special flex curve. The front ski is extremely soft and the back ski is very stiff. Helio 88 has some rocker in the front, not much rocker in the back, and an even 18 metre radius. Otherwise the shape is average. The specific weight of 0,76 is relatively light, but quite normal in this company.

On snow:
Soft and even transitions between rocker and taper, titan reinforcement and fairly heavy test bindings are probably the main reasons why our test riders liked Helio 88. It is calm and stable at speed and very versatile, despite the unusual flex curve. This is a light ski that can be pushed to the limit but one that also works well for taking it easy. Black Diamond Helio 88 will therefore be a good choice for many.


Helio 88

Technical data:

Measured length
179 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 74325
Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Helio 88
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
158, 168
Contact length
135 cm
Rocker tail
14 cm
Rocker nose
30 cm
Side cut
141 cm
Taper tail
12 cm
Taper tip
26 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
12 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
10 cm
Max tail width
111 mm
Min waist width
88 mm
Max nose width
123 mm
Side cut radius
18 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
2 mm
Surface area (one ski)
1725 cm2
Weight
1350 gr
Relative weight
0.76 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
13 mm
Hight nose tip
56 mm
Angle tail tip
14°
Angle nose tip
23°
Height of camber
6 mm

This sequence of numbers indicates stiffness. Each number corresponds to a part of the ski, from tail to tip. 5 equals the average
for this part and length of the ski. Lower values indicate softer skis, higher values stiffer.