Gear Institute Expert Test Menu
by Gear Institute Staff - published August 2013




  • Very stable
  • Consistent and predictable turn shape
  • Nice swingweight
  • Edgehold


  • Lack of energy
  • Planky feel


The Verdict is recommended for skiers who long to make damp, consistent arcs in varied terrain. If you want a lively feel underfoot, there are other skis with more spring in this review.


Black Diamond's lightweight Verdict made predictable, reliable turns in just about every condition except the hardpack. Stability and carving were its standout features, as was its metronome like swingweight, which lulled you into an easy rhythm as soon as you started skiing it.

It did start to feel unstable as soon as you tried to hit high speeds on the groomed, and was not as versatile as some of the quicker skis in this category. Overall, the sense was that the Verdict would be a good pick for someone who wants a reliable ski for primarily off-piste all-mountain skiing, and who would mount this with an AT setup.

How We Tested It

Gear Institute faculty performed preliminary tests on 2013-14 skis in Winter Park, Colorado, during the SnowSports Industries America On-Snow Demo in early February, and compiled the final test results during a head-to-head ski test in Snowbird, Utah, at the end of that same month.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.


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