The Verdict is a “stout and chargey” plank that likes bending into GS arcs on the trail, but it’s light and amply rockered, a potentially great off-trail and backcountry ski. BD’s construction updates—sandwich layup, metal layers, lightweight wood core—are evident the moment you see its vertical sidewalls, a feature BD now offers in more of its line. A few found that its stiff tail—a boon on groomers—felt catchy in soft snow if they fell into the back seat.
The Verdict is part of Black Diamond's All-Mountain series of skis built with more versatile characteristics for everyday riding. At 100 mm underfoot, BD says the Verdict is well suited for just about any condition for a broad range of skiers. It's built with full sandwich-sidewall construction and metal layers for dampness, strength, and improved hard-snow performance. Tip and tail rocker improve soft-snow performance and add a measure of playful looseness. Like all BD skis - except in the Tour series - the Verdict is built with the company's 3D CNC wood core - a milling technique that reduces weight without sacrificing performance. Its paulonia core further reduces weight. All of Black Diamond's skis are being built in a new, state-of-the-art, company-owned factory in China.