Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Verdict
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By alpine climber
Page Type Oct 22, 2007 / Sep 15, 2008
Object ID 4159
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Product Description

From Black Diamond:
"The powerful, race-inspired design of the Verdict bridges big mountain and in-bounds skiing by handling firm on-piste snow as easily as it rules powder and chunked-up crud. The Verdict’s 102 mm waist (slightly less-fat than Zealot), Formula One Technology and a damp 3D CNC wood core provide exceptional agility and render decisive, high-speed turns. The geometry is nimble with a terrain-busting tip and a stable mid-section that floats underfoot."


Outside Magazine's 2007 Gear of the Year Award
Powder Magazine's 2008 Skier's Choice Award
Skiing Magazine's 2007 Gear Guide Killer Deal

- Formula One Technology with integrated 3D dampening
- CNC-machined solid wood core wrapped in torsion box construction
- Built for the fat ski aficionado with a race/power background

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

170 cm, 132-102-118 mm, 25.0 m, 3.7 kg
180 cm, 134-102-120 mm, 26.0 m, 4.0 kg
190 cm, 136-102-122 mm, 27.0 m, 4.3 kg

Retails for $629.99


Skiing Magazine:
"This ski had no business ranking so well, because the test length (180cm) was too short for most of our testers. But nearly everyone found it stable, smooth, and effortless. And it bit into harder snow when told to. Gripes: The lightweight feel takes some getting used to. Props: The stiff construction doesn't get deflected by crud."

Backcountry Magazine:
"BD finally quenched the Verdict's unsettling Inquisition graphic for a more aqueous hue and a wider profile. Ana updated its edge-stiffening rig-and-bridge Formula I core. In the West, as the snow got softer, the verdict was more unanimous, coming down on the side of versatility. 'Solid turns both big and small. Great stability...floatation,' said one tester. 'Smooth in soft or crud. Medium flex [and] radius. Good for short tours/slackcountry,' said another. In the East, there was a debate on its tight-glade suitability, but most testers were impressed. 'Very well balanced, smooth even flex, predicable and fun. Frontside, backside, up and down - true all-mountain traveler.' 'Damp feel with an easy progressive flex, rebound and shape that seemed to promote effortless, flow-y transitions,' said the patroller."

Powder Magazine:
"The Verdict is a powerful ski for the freeride crowd. Not limited to O.B., it can drive through the most challenging snow and hold steady on ice. And the skin-friendly tail design is a rarity on larger skis."

Coulior Magazine:
"In a trial by Sierra snow, the Verdict helped set a precedent for big-mountain turns. A moderate sidecut dept it from hooking in the funk - letting the testers choose the turns they wanted to make - and its firmer flex kept the performance of these light sticks in the range of heavyweight crud-busters. 'Impressive performance out of light board,' ruled testers. 'Stable and predictable at any speed - lay down huge arcing parallel turns or power tele turns through deep crud'..."



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