Zealot

Black Diamond Zealot

Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Zealot
Category
Freeride
Weight
2190 gr
Waist
109.8 mm
Tested length
182 cm
Year
2014

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

7
4
4
4
5
Fri Flyt overall rating of Black Diamond Zealot:

7 / 10

Flotation:
6 / 10
Turning capabilities:
6 / 10
Stability at speed:
6 / 10
Technical info:
A long setback combined with normal mounting leads to “oversteering” at the initial stage of the turn. Otherwise it is quite soft, apart from the stiff tail. Apart from the measurements, these skis bear little resemblance to the five year old BD Zealot. A significantly softer flex, rocker and shorter sidecut places this ski in a different genre altogether.

On snow:
Here you are up for that classic Black Diamond feeling. Depending on the skier, this characteristically light and stiff ski feels either responsive and easy to maneuverer, or dead and heavy. Our test pair was easy to turn and had floated well off-piste. The soft tip, combined with the stiff back ski, requires a bit of adjusting. You can feel the camber difference when you get the skis on. All in all, Black Diamond has once again nailed it and ski touring heads will be lining up for a pair.


Zealot

Technical data:

Measured length
184 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 74445
Brand
Black Diamond
Model
Zealot
Produced
China
Available lengths
192
Contact length
132 cm
Rocker tail
20 cm
Rocker nose
32 cm
Side cut
134 cm
Taper tail
20 cm
Taper tip
30 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
16 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
8 cm
Max tail width
122.7 mm
Min waist width
109.8 mm
Max nose width
134.5 mm
Side cut radius
27.1 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
11.8 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2123 cm2
Weight
2190 gr
Relative weight
1.03 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
34 mm
Hight nose tip
72 mm
Angle tail tip
21°
Angle nose tip
26°
Height of camber
8 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.