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Convert Ski

$799.00 USD

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Light enough to dominate the skin track, girthy and rockered enough to have ridiculous amounts of fun on the way down: the Convert hits the sweet spot for a surfy, solid backcountry ski.
Item# BD11507500001801
$799.00 USD

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Description

A light, semi-fat, rockered powder ski engineered with touring efficiency in mind, the Black Diamond Convert is solid and surfy in deep snow, while its 105 mm waist lends confidence when conditions turn variable. Whether it’s a quick hit out the resort’s backcountry gates or an objective hours from the trailhead, the Convert will get you there with minimal uphill effort.

  • Versatile 105 mm waist with Rocker tip and tail
  • More touring efficiency than the Carbon Megawatt with better soft snow performance than the Revert
  • Formula One 3D Light Sandwich with pre-preg composite construction and paulownia wood core.
  • 5 mm beveled ABS sidewall with Power Edges
  • SkinLock tail tabs
  • Optimal use: 80% soft snow / 20% hard snow
ROCKER PROFILE

ROCKER PROFILE

Rocker has moved from a niche, powder-specific design to a versatile tool that allows for easy turn initiation, smooth turn release and agile turn-shape variation in any condition. By tuning the rise and length of tip and tail rocker to each ski’s intended use, we’re able to dial in the exact character we want—from deep-snow specialists to hybrid fun-shapes. We have grouped our rockered ski profiles into three categories—Rocker, Semi-Rocker and Traditional based on the tip or tail’s rise length.

 
TOURING SKI SELECTOR

TOURING SKI SELECTOR


FREETOUR
Skin track accessed
90-120 mm waist
Medium-to-long turns
Progressive, rockered touring
Lightweight

TOUR
Long approaches
86-90 mm waist
Short-to-medium turns
Efficient and technical, classic AT
Ultralight
 

Tech Specs

Weight Per Pair :  
[164 cm] 2.9 kg (6 lb 6 oz)
[172 cm] 3.1 kg (7 lb)
[180 cm] 3.3 kg (7 lb 4 oz)
[188 cm] 3.5 kg (7 lb 11 oz)
Dimensions :  
[164 cm] 131-105-116
[172 cm] 132-105-116
[180 cm] 133-105-117
[188 cm] 134-105-117
Turn Radius :  
[164 cm] 21 m
[172 cm] 22 m
[180 cm] 23 m
[188 cm] 24 m
Construction :   Formula One 3D Light Sandwich
Pre-Preg Composite Construction
Paulownia 3D CNC wood core
ABS 5 mm sidewalls
Power Edge
Stainless steel SkinLock tab

Recommended Use

Awards


  • Powder Magazine - 2014 Skier's Choice

  • Backcountry Magazine - 2014 Editor's Choice

Extras

Black Diamond: Fall 2013 Stoke Video

SKIS - Use.Design.Engineer.Build.Repeat.

Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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