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Ski Make: Black Diamond
Ski Model: Havoc
Ski Length: 173cm
Snow Conditions Used In: powder, crud, groomers, hardpack
Number of Days Used: 1
Your Ability: Level 8
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 20
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 25+
Other Skis You Like: Fischer BigStix 8.6, Fischer Worldcup Race SC, Volkl G3, K2 Axis X
Your Height/Weight: 5'10", 160 lbs


This ski is mounted with Naxo AT binders. I skied it with Garmont MegaRide boots. It is my deep snow and backcountry setup. Skied at Snowbowl. Conditions: 3" new overnight, about 5" new yesterday, pow & crud on most runs, groomers had some hardpack, moguls had hardpack on downhill sides. Dry, cold, squeaky snow.

Very nice-feeling ski, feels like a calmed GS racer on the groomers, but was quick and agile in the deep pow/crud of the trees. Because I'm still getting used to my AT setup, and especially the boots, I wasn't able to command these skis as I would with full alpine binders & boots. Still, I could sense what lays in store with this ski. FUN! I skied everything today, from trees to big moguls, to crud fields, to groomers. Very fun ski in all conditions, but clearly biased toward crud and deep snow.

Once I finish dialing in my MegaRide boots to get a more precise fit, I'll report back with overall impressions.