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."