Helio 105
Test winner

Helio 105

Model
Helio 105
Category
Touring
Weight
1530 gr
Waist
105 mm
Tested length
185 cm
Year
2017

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SFI (Ski Flex Index) 

5
4
4
3
4
Fri Flyt overall rating of Helio 105:

8 / 10

Hard snow:
8 / 10
Soft snow:
8 / 10
Weight:
9 / 10
Technical info:
The 22 meter turning radius is among the longest in the test. Black Diamond Helio 105 is a pure carbon fibre construction with soft flex. Long setback gives a big width difference between the front and back ski. It has low specific weight and the surface area is average in this category. American Black Diamond now make their skis in Austria. The Helio 105 is a new model that is designed for freeriding.

On snow:
Just let go and enjoy the versatility and stableness of Helio 105. It doesn´t like skidding as much as the other models, but apart from that, the new Helio is very versatile. It likes big carved turns. The even flex contributes to a longer turning radius compared to the other models. A low tip combined with a soft front ski is a little scary on varying surfaces. However, one can get accustomed to this. Helio 105 is best suited for freeriding orientated ski touring enthusiasts.


Helio 105

Technical data:

Measured length
185 cm
Flex (relative stiffness)
SFI 54434
Model
Helio 105
Produced
Austria
Available lengths
165,175
Contact length
121 cm
Rocker tail
25 cm
Rocker nose
40 cm
Side cut
132 cm
Taper tail
22 cm
Taper tip
32 cm
Setback (true center to narrowest point)
17 cm
Tested mounting point (true center to boot center)
9 cm
Max tail width
119 mm
Min waist width
105 mm
Max nose width
134 mm
Side cut radius
21.90 mR
Width difference nose vs. tail
15 mm
Surface area (one ski)
2080 cm2
Weight
1530 gr
Relative weight
0.73 gr/cm2
Hight tail tip
14 mm
Hight nose tip
59 mm
Angle tail tip
Angle nose tip
19°
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.