Black Diamond Zealot

3.34 / 5
Rating
Aug 29, 2012
Black Diamond calls the Zealot a freeride ski and more soft snow oriented than the slightly narrower Verdict. Testers concur: "This excels in powder," said Mahon. "It takes some work, but it's super fun and skier-friendly in the soft snow." The 110 mm waist, rockered tip and semi-rockered tail add flotation, aided by a lightweight paulownia wood core. Testers noted a damp feeling underfoot, attributed to Black Diamond's metal sandwich construction, which combines a sidewall-style layup with two layers of titanal for stability. Crawford called the Zealot "an ideal sidecountry tool. It's lightweight and stable enough for a variety of snow."

Zealot Specs

  • Category ALL MOUNTAIN
  • Editors' Choice
  • MSRP $ 879
  • Price flat?
  • Gender Men's
  • Core Wood (paulownia), titanal
  • Turning radius 27 at 182
  • Lengths (in cm) 182-192
  • Sidecut 135-110-123
  • Rating
    3.34
  • Carving
    2.71
  • Playfulness
    3.42
  • Versatility
    3.14
  • Stability
    3.28
  • Float
    4.14
Zealot - Black Diamond
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