Black Diamond Link 95

2016

Men's Free-Tour
Black Diamond
Price: £475.00
Overall:
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Ease of use:
Ability Level Lower Advanced Lower Expert Lower Intermediate Upper Advanced Upper Expert Upper Intermediate
Sidecut 122-95-109
Turn radius 22m (180cm)
Lengths 164, 172,180 (1,550g), 188
Construction Sidewall
Lightweight woodcore
Tip & tail rocker
Strengths Floaty, light and easy to use
Weaknesses Slow from edge to edge, too soft to grip well on harder snow

They say

The Link 95 is inspired by light touring skis and also rockered powder skis

We say

Although they have plenty of width the Link is a super lightweight ski that is very easy to use. It pivots easily and is no effort to use at slower speeds. Torsionally they are quite soft and although this helps with ease of use it does mean that they lack grip and solid edge hold on harder snow or on steeper terrain. This would be a great ski for first timers who are nervous about skiing deep conditions, but more experienced skiers will look for something with a higher level of performance.

Tester Comments

Pete Davison
Slow edge to edge and a soft flex pattern means they lack performance on firm snow.
Mark Jones
Light and easy in the powder, but less strong for high performance skiing.