Rated 5 out of 5
by Peter Amazingly fun & versatile lightweight ski
I have 50+ days on my (non-carbon '13-'14 version) Converts, all skinning, though not all backcountry, because they do surprisingly well on dawn-patrol groomers too. Really surprisingly well.
My previous skis were Coombacks. These Converts are damper, a lot stiffer, a more fun shape, and are almost a full pound lighter.
If you want one ski to use in all conditions when primarily skinning, this is it.
I use the 180cm with Dynafits and I'm about 170lbs.
September 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Aaron Good all around ski
A stable powder busting ski. Aggressive through variable conditions, turns well in steeps.
Hard to turn in the back seat, take care when sking breakable crust.
March 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill converted me to BD
I'm glad to see that BD is delivering a high quality sidewall construction product...as I have not been a fan of BD skis in their capped ski era. These rip. they are lightweight and well balanced for touring...but still ski super stable at high speeds.
February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Wow, this ski does everything
This ski does everything. I’ve taken them on a few tours and paired with Dynafit TLT Radicals, they are very light and easy on the uphill. Just took them out in a full blown “Alaskan Powder” day and kind had reservations about their ability to float at just 105 underfoot. My reservations were completely wrong, the float superbly through 30inch of POW. I also took them down to Alyeska Resort for what wasn’t a powder day. For a ski that is designed for powered they, didn’t have the “trying to kill you” feeling that I expected. They were solid and enjoyable on the hard stuff. They are a fantastic ski if you are looking to have one set up for inbounds and out-of-bounds. The only downside is that they make me wish I didn’t already own another 4 pairs of skis.
January 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Damien Found my skis
I have to agree with what the others have already said, this ski is simply awesome. My first run on these involved not even thinking from the top to bottom of the run, ignoring the early season quad burning and just loving the ride. Sharp, quick turns in tight trees, surfy and playful in the open bowls, I've never had this much fun on a ski. I ski 99% backcountry and so far the Convert has been exactly what I was looking for in a touring ski. I'm 6ft 175lbs and skiing the 180s.
January 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt Amazing touring and soft snow ski!
I christened these on a 20+ inch powder day at Wolf Creek. They were such a blast on soft snow! Floaty and surfy in powder and they just ripped on the chopped but still soft snow. I felt extremely confident and in control in these conditions. They're still not as playful as my Amperage, but I don't know how you top them in that category. I work at Telluride Ski Resort and took these out on some groomers for work. Like the description says they're 80% soft snow biased. They felt pretty squirrely on hard snow, but that's not what I got them for. I've been on a few tours, the reason I got them, and they have been great. Very light and efficient and a blast on the way down (in soft snow). Again, they are an amazing touring and soft snow ski!
December 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chris The ski I've been looking for
I've wanted a ski like this for years. Someone needed to take a modern rocker and sidecut profile and apply it to a lightweight backcountry ski with day-in, day-out width. Super psyched Black Diamond finally built it!
I've only skied the Convert in soft snow, so can't comment on firm snow performance. It's super light on the way up, and super fun on the way down. Light, drifty, and surfy is how I'd describe it. Yet stable at backcountry speeds and with only slight tail rocker not as prone to wheelie as some other designs. I look forward to using it for ski mountaineering and have no doubt it will work well for that.
In the Sawtooths our approaches are long, but we want a fun, modern ski once we get there. This is it!
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by P The ultimate one ski quiver
I was lucky enough to use this ski for most of the 12/13 season. I challenged myself to use it for EVERYTHING. I did. Long all day tours, one-and-done dawn patrols and ripping resort groomers were all the sweeter with just a single set up.
I had Marker F12's on them and used a Quadrant AT boot. I skied the 180cm and found it fantastic for touring. In untouched snow the ski is fun and dependable. I like the smaller size for technical ski tracks and appreciate that is just a little lighter than a longer ski. The 180cm also laid trenches at 50MPH+ on the groomers. No joke.
This ski is very good at many things. Better than most at handling varied conditions and skier moods. There is a top end on this ski if you aren't perfectly balanced on it. But stay centered and you can rip faster than any ski area personnel would like...
On my wish list - a carbon version...
November 15, 2013