Black Diamond Zealot (2013/2014) ReviewAugust 30, 2013
- Great float
- Responsive edge to edge
- Mid-range hard snow performance
- Not very playful
Black Diamond's Zealot is a powder and backcountry specific ski best suited for skiers who skin, tram or traverse beyond the boundary ropes.
A big mountain ski for advanced to expert skiers who prefer to ski at higher rates of speed in primarily off-piste conditions.
Black Diamond’s Zealot is a powder and backcountry specific ski with a lot of float in the off-piste conditions it is designed to handle, and a responsive edge-to-edge feel that inspires confidence when making wild snow turns in a variety of terrain.
Playfulness (i.e., versatility and pop) were the main drawbacks to making this ski a lift-served choice. It suffered, and felt planky, whenevever hardpack conditions were less than a few inches below the surface. Predictable and easy to ski whenever windblown and fresh snow conditions change with each arc, our testers feel this ski is best suited for skiers who skin, tram or traverse beyond the boundary ropes.