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Black Diamond Verdict (2008)

Black Diamond Verdict (2008)

This ski had no business ranking so well, because the test length was 180 centimeters—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.


A huge shovel buoys it in fluff. The stiff construction doesn’t get deflected by crud.


The lightweight feel takes some getting used to.

Tester's Take

"Holds big turns so long, you’re checking your watch to see if it’s over." —Jake Bogoch

PRICE (MSRP): $599.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Bindingwithout bindings
Lengths170, 180, 190
Rating: Powder Performance3.53 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.69 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.74 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns3.77 / 5
Rating: Short Turns3.80 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability3.86 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.57 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.53 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance3.71 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance3.80 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.50 / 5
Rating: Average Score3.69 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.83 / 5
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