From Black Diamond:
"Achieving a fine balance between a mid-fat silhouette and a lightweight design, the Stigma has the same shape as the Machine but weighs nearly a full pound lighter. With a 3D CNC-machined wood core, the ride is lively and stable, emphasizing shorter-radius turns for technical descents and maneuverability. Our Dual Torsion Bow construction creates edge power and snap for lively and predicable turns."
Features- New Dual Torsion Bow construction.
- CNC-machined wood core.
- The Stigma makes the views from the top easier to attain and adds more fun to the downhill.
Length, Dimensions, Turn Radius, Weight (per pair)
158 cm, 117-79-104 mm, 16.0 m, 2.6 kg
166 cm, 120-79-106 mm, 16.5 m, 2.8 kg
174 cm, 123-79-108 mm, 17.0 m, 3.0 kg
182 cm, 126-79-110 mm, 17.5 m, 3.2 kg
Retails for $529.99
"Lighter than the Machine, the Stigma makes its '07-'08 debut as the backcountry ski of choice for those who like touring with less girthy skis, seeking technical descents, or skiing primarily firmer snow. A light and lively addition to the BD line. If skiing backcountry trees are your thing, the Stigma is your answer!"
"A sprightly, reactive ski, the Stigma is a lighter version of the Machine with ski mountaineering in mind. Cap construction combined with a low swing weight makes it ideal for tight, precise skiing in chutes and trees. Gripes: Gets thrown in heavy crud. Props: Covers ground in a hurry."
"Take the hourglass dimensions of an inbounds carver, fuse a foam and wood core to save weight, and you get the Stigma, a ski that's nimble enough to hop technical backcountry couloirs and light enough to hoof across the Sierra. Gripes: Noodly on harder snow. Props: 'Stiff enough to blast through the chunks,' said one tester."
"BD slots the Stigma in the middle of its easy-skiing Efficient Series. In the East, testers found it a mellow all-around performer. Responding to the name, the patroller said: 'This ski bears the mark of a tight-turner. It has moderate, well-balanced skiing traits. A light-weight, soft-flexing ski that shapes and initiates turns nicely.' Added a female tester: 'A great all-around, all-mountain ski. Seemed to be fine in broken-up pow, bumps, woods. did not mind mixing it up.' Western testers echoed Eastern tester comments that - no slur - it would be a good choice for intermediates. 'Super easy to ski...They're pre-programmed to rebound into the next turn.'... 'Great rebound, superb in bumps and crud. Bouncy in pow. Float well in mush for their width. Like to make fast turns, yet surprisingly stable at speed.'"