Black Diamond Carbon Justice — Quiver Arrow of the Week


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Ah yes, the Ultimate Quiver Project continues to progress. This week, latest build of Black Diamond Justice has our wall space and attention — and are headed to the workbench to be drilled. These wide and beefy planks are legal contenders for the pow prize. Torsionally stiff yet supple in curve, I’ll bet they’ll rail in the soft stuff and are not too scary otherwise (though yes, they’re billed as a powder board.)

Black Diamond Carbon Justice 2011-2012

Black Diamond Carbon Justice 2011-2012

Big thing is they’re lighter. Less mass than previous model, super weight/surface ratio, and easily holding their own on our weight chart with other skis in this class. In numbers, we’re talking 63.3 ounces (1794 grams) per ski in our 175 length. That’s of course significantly more freight than many of the skinnier touring skis out there, but still in the range of something a normal human can haul uphill. If the ride is worth it, so be it.

Word from our testers last year is the wood core and additional carbon has made this ski much more desirable. We’ll find that out for sure. Soon. Ultimate Quiver !!

175 cm Justice 2011-12, 63.3 ounces, 1794 grams (per ski), 138/111/123

Shop for Justice (hey, how often can you buy justice for cash?)

Comments

12 Responses to “Black Diamond Carbon Justice — Quiver Arrow of the Week”

  1. Phil M November 16th, 2011 9:53 am

    I assume you mean 111 underfoot…

  2. Lou November 16th, 2011 10:01 am

    Indeed! Thanks for catching that, fixed.

  3. vanilla gorilla November 16th, 2011 12:01 pm

    Amazing to think that just a few years ago the top of the AT heap were skis like the old R:EX. I think my pair of 184s weighed in at 8.5 lbs (and those were mounted with FreeRides, the horror). Today, we have skis that are 50% wider that weigh less. The progression is awesome.

  4. dave h November 16th, 2011 12:10 pm

    “(hey, how often can you buy justice for cash?)”

    . . . Quite frequently, if you have enough

  5. XXX_er November 16th, 2011 1:58 pm

    The local BD dealer told me because of the big change in the justice he dumped all of last years pretty cheap at the ski swap … look for deals on last yrs justice

  6. JQ November 16th, 2011 8:09 pm

    Anybody out there actually skied on a pair of these?

  7. d. diggler November 17th, 2011 7:22 am

    So when is BD gonna put the megawatt on a “weight loss” program? Seems simple enough, just switch to a Paulownia core and add the carbon fiiber reinforcements.

  8. Ron November 17th, 2011 8:06 am

    I got a pair of 185′s/Speed Radicals sitting right here waiting for snow. I weighed them on a accurate scale and complete with leashes: 9# 14.5oz. Pretty excited about these. My observations, a little bit of camber underfoot, some tip rise but not radical and very slight tail tail rise at the tip. Skis fell moderately stiff compared to my Coombacks.

  9. Philip Maynard November 17th, 2011 11:02 am

    Diggler – don’t forget thinner edges. In a BD video they said quite a bit of weight was lost that way for the revamped 2011/2012 skis.

  10. reukk November 20th, 2011 5:40 am

    diggler: I heard from a BD rep that they’re going to do a carbon gigawatt next season. so who knows about the mega…

  11. jon March 13th, 2012 2:50 pm

    Rode these for 2 touring trips and a couple of hill days. Honestly, incredible skis… not awesome on ice, but even a little bit of fluff and these things are unbeatable. Phenomenal ski.

  12. Mark April 16th, 2012 12:24 pm

    My backcountry setup for the last three years has been 4frnt CRJs 188, awesome skis. I was reluctant to purchase new skis because I thought no matter what I purchased I would be disappointed compared to my CRJs. I recently purchased some 11/12 Justices 185 and I am happy to report (after six outings in different conditions), they are fantastic. In fact, they might perform better than my CRJs with a huge weight savings. Thanks Black Diamond.

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