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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Machine

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

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Page By: alpine climber

Created/Edited: Oct 23, 2007 / Sep 15, 2008

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Product Description

From Black Diamond:
"Designed as a high-performance turner, the Machine is the narrowest ski in our Power Series and excels in hard-carving, tight and technical lines. Its sidecut and flex are optimized for quick carving and forceful arcs in consolidated snow. While the dimensions could be termed “classic,” the construction, including Dual Torsion Bow Technology with integrated 3D dampening, transmits exceptional power from the body to the turn and holds rock solid at eye-watering speeds."

www.bdel.com/gear/machine.php

Features

- New Dual Torsion Bow construction with integrated 3D dampening.
- CNC-machined wood core wrapped in torsion box construction.
- Classic in shape, but be ready to hold on to some serious Gs.

Length, Dimensions, Turn Radius, Weight (per pair)

158 cm, 117-79-104 mm, 16.0 m, 3.0 kg
166 cm, 120-79-106 mm, 16.5 m, 3.2 kg
174 cm, 123-79-108 mm, 17.0 m, 3.4 kg
182 cm, 126-79-110 mm, 17.5 m, 3.6 kg

retails for $549.99

Reviews

Skiing Magazine:
"BD breaks its line into two categories: Power and Efficiency. The machine definitely likes the former. Stable at high speeds, this resort-worthy carver will track through bumps, crud, corn, and chop. Gripes: Too demanding for powder. Props: 'Rockets with landing gear,' touted one tester."

Backcountry Magazine:
"It's a lean Machine, relatively speaking, the narrowest of BD's new 'torsionally charged' freeride skis and one designed for carving. Western skiers, starting the day on bulletproof, were big fans: 'Put it on edge and ride the rails. Very confidence-inspiring, especially at speed.' 'Great stability in all conditions. Lightning fast transfer. Advanced all-mountain ski.' But as the snow softened, tester scores went down. Eastern skiers had mixed responses, centering on the need for and experienced driver while acknowledging the skis' stick and hold. 'Allows for quick, painless turn transition...shifting gears is a breeze. But you need to be firing on all cylinders to truly tap into the power.' A woman skiing the 166cm length suggested that, 'smaller skiers can't be passive. Have to work the ski a lot to get the most out of it.'"

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