Black Diamond Drift 166 cm 2011/2012

A great deal on a pair of Drifts appeared on our local gear swap today, and I couldn’t pass it up. A friend’s pair of 165 cm Kilowatts is nearing the end of its service life, and the Drifts may be a partial replacement.

BlackDiamondDriftKilowattComparisonBy hand flex, the Drifts are far softer than the Kilowatts; we’ll have to see how they ski in a month or two. The tails are stiffer than the shovels, but they’re softer everywhere than the Kilowatts.

Weight-wise, the skis aren’t mint. The previous owner has drilled them once for Dynafits, and added tip/tail rescue holes. That said, these skis weighed exactly the same on my scale; we’ll call them 1464±1 grams.

I can’t find an official BD spec from the 11/12 season, Backcountry.com (archive.org) claimed 1561 g/ski, which matches a blem spec at GearX. For the 12/13 model year (different graphics), the claim was 1432 g/ski.  These skis are very consistent in weight, and 6% lighter than the original spec, far more than can be explained by the drilled holes.

DriftCalibrationWeight

BlackDiamondDriftWeightGoodSki

BlackDiamondDriftWeightStrippedSkiYou’ll have to trust me that the second ski also reads 1468 g. (1468 x 2000/2005 = 1464).

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