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Zealot Ski - 2012/13

$779.00 $389.50 USD



Item# BD11501200001921
$779.00 $389.50 USD

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Part big-mountain gun, part semi-rockered play ski, the redesigned Black Diamond Zealot has already made multiple appearances on the Freeskiing and Freeride World Tour podiums. This ultra-damp ski is built using our new 3D Metal Sandwich construction-a sidewall-style layup with machined Titanal sheets for ultimate stability at speed. A lightweight paulownia wood core prevents unseemly weight gain, while a rockered tip and semi-rockered tail make direction changes completely intuitive.

  • 110 mm waist and underfoot camber for powerful skiing on firm snow and mank
  • Rocker tip and Semi-Rocker tail for forgiveness, balance, and agile turning
  • Designed for higher speeds and longer turns than the AMPerage, more soft-snow oriented than the Verdict
  • 3D Metal Sandwich with Titanal, paulownia wood core and ABS tapered sidewalls for race-like construction without the weight
  • Formula One Technology with three ribs and Torsion Box Construction for maximum torsional stiffness
  • Optimal use: 60% soft snow / 40% hard snow



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.


Tech Specs

Series :   Freeride
Weight Per Pair :  
[182 cm] 4.6 kg (10 lb 2 oz)
[192 cm] 4.9 kg (10 lb 13 oz) estimated
Dimensions :  
[182 cm] 135-110-123
[192 cm] 136-110-125
Turn Radius :  
[182 cm] 27 m
[192 cm] 29 m
Construction :  
Formula One Tech
3D Metal Sandwich
Paulownia WoodCore
ABS Sidewall
Power Edge

Recommended Use


  • Skiing Magazine 2012 Gear Guide - Official Selection

  • Elevation Outdoors - Editors' Choice 2012


POV footage of Samuel Anthamatten's hairy 3rd-place run on the Freeride World Tour in Courmayeur

BD athletes Will Cardamone, Adam Mozynski, Mark Welgos and Chris Erickson skiing in the Aspen backcountry


Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these Powder Boards! Finally got enough powder to get these boards onto the slopes. Wow. Super light under the feet...good floating on the powder, with plenty of power to make tight turns through soft crud/ soft bumps. Wouldn't recommend for aggressive skiing on slick or man-made precip, but for soft days, I can't imagine better boards. Thanks BD! February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by light weight and stable at speed These are excellent skis. I was skeptical with the stiff tails not coming around as I wheeled up to a lift for a first run on these, but the Zealots came to life running fast on the snow. Stable and able to drive through crud and seemingly unlimited speed on groomed. For me at least, the perfect every day ski. January 21, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great ski This ski is pretty light compared to other skis i've used in the past. Dynastar Legend pro team 184 and rossignol super 7 which are in my quiver. The 27m turning radius is a little too much for me, but the ski handles great even in the chop. On hard pack the tips don't chatter like they did on the Super 7 195cm. I'd recommend the ski for any hard charger. I would prefer a tighter radius though, something like a 22m would be great. December 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by love this ski This ski does everything, easier to ski than expected. Much more fun on the groomed than the Amperage, carves great at high speeds. Alot closer to a one quiver ski than the Amperage. December 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Crud Killa The Zealot is BD's best Big Mountain ski- for charging crud, getting in techy lines, etc. this is the ski. rockered tip still floats well in pow, but the sidewall construction with metal makes it the stiffest board in the line. I mount mine little forward, makes them feel more balances if youre interested in jumping, but they ski great mounted at the recommend. July 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Versatile Ski Awesome ski!!! I used it as my resort ski all season and love them. They're great in just about every condition. Float pretty well with the 110 underfoot and the tip rocker in the pow, and charge through crud on the hard pack. I'm 6'1 and 170 lbs and I have skied the 182 and 192. For me, I loved the 192 a lot more. I do big mountain skiing so a lot of cliff hucking and they just stomped that much better on landings and are more stable in the crud. Saying so the 182's are still a great ski, just if you're around the 6 foot range and are an aggressive skier you will probably like the 192s more(keep in mind they do have some power). If you like to spin or do tricks they are very well balanced in the air, and the 192s weren't that hard to spin, even mounted on recommended. I generally mount my skis a bit forward. Overall I would say they are hands down my favorite ski I've been on. I've skied volkl, K2, line, blizzard, icelantic, ski logic and more, and these are definitely my favorite. If you wanna see a video of some skiing on them here's a link to one of my competitions. June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Get some!!! Yeah, yeah, yeah, this ski rocks!!! While it's early rise tip and moderate waist keep it afloat in pow, this ski charges hard in crud, firmer snow, and variable conditions. Like the other reviews have said, it's the perfect Western Resort ski. It can snap a pretty quick turn but is also really stable and pretty stiff for when you want to up the anty. Basically, this ski will do what you want it to, when you want it to, and it will charge as hard as you want to push it without feeling floppy or squirrely. June 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by A great Western resort ski! You don't want these skis if your hill is Stowe, and there is no need to drag these things around the backcountry (I prefer the Justice for that), but if you ski Snowbird, Jackson, Squaw, etc.--this is a great ski. Damp and solid underfoot, turny but fast and stable in a straight line, this is a real ski--but watch out that it doesn't ski you. The rocker helps, but you still need to stand on it and make it bend. If you are a little lighter, or a little lazier, either size down (I know how to ski, am 5'8" and weight 170 lbs. and I went for the 182, and that is plenty of ski) or pick the Justice. May 20, 2013
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