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Velvet

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Velvet

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:
"A narrow-waisted, all-mountain ski for women who like to turn, the Velvet is a female-specific version of the Havoc. Designed around a 3D CNC-machined wood core for a lively yet stable ride, the Velvet also features Dual Torsion Bow construction with integrated 3D dampening to empower the edges and stabilize at speed. The hourglass silhouette and generous tip and tail profiles deliver easy turns and the 88 mm waist adds good soft-snow float. This hard-carving ski is a reliable performer for a broad range of skills and conditions."

www.bdel.com/gear/velvet.php

Features

- Formula One Technology with integrated 3D dampening.
- CNC-machined wood core.
- A super turny and hard carving ski suitable for ice, crud and, at 88mm under foot, good in powder too.

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

165 cm, 122-88-110 mm, 20.0 m, 3.0 kg
175 cm, 123-88-112 mm, 21.0 m, 3.3 kg

Retails for $559.99

Reviews

Telemarkski.com:
"A new women's version of the Havoc/Lyric for the '07-'08 season. Like the Lyric, the Velvet is designed with the aggressive female skier in mind. Lighter and softer flexing than the old Havoc with a wider shovel for added float in powder and stability in crud. A great mid-fat for all conditions."

Backcountry Magazine:
"A softer version of the Havoc, the Velvet is, BD claims a more nimble ski than the bigger Joule, with a lighter swing weight. It shares the computer-cut poplar core, now common to all BD's skis, but it has a Dual Torsion Bow construction rather than the Joule's central-ribbed Formula configuration. It's stiffer in the tail than its sister, and markedly narrower underfoot. We tested it in its longest length, a 175, and again, a number of men strayed to it. Tester response was all over the place, though most noted its proclivity for soft snow and crud: 'Luxury soft ski. not versatile,' one male said. another same-gender opinion held that is was 'a pleasure to ski ...a great mid-fat that rips anywhere, floats well, and turns easy.' Women didn't necessarily agree. One found it 'sluggish. Unsnappy.' Another, though, found it simply 'a pretty good all-mountain ski.' If there's a common thread in the Velvet, we haven't' found it."

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