By Swiss Miss
My long and difficult search for the right ski to be mounted with my shiny new Dynafits took me to the Black Diamond Joules. The dimensions (125-95-112 for 165s) of these lovely mid-fat white boards seemed to be just what I was looking for. I consider myself a somewhat aggressive telemark skier, so I was initially torn between the 165's and 175's, but ultimately ended up with the 165's for lighter weight and more versatility in tight spots. Once you find the sweet spot on these stiff boards, you're in for a treat! They'll bust through crud, sastrugi, and crust or arc big fast turns through waist deep powder. A true quiver of one for the aggressive female skier.
My first reaction while skiing the Joules was one of frustration-- partly because my heel was stuck to the ski for the first time in over ten years, and also because it felt as though they were bucking me off at every wrong move. However, after a few laps of relearning how to alpine ski, I started to have a lot more fun. As with other Black Diamond skis, the Joules are not the lightest boards of these dimensions out there. I mounted mine with Dynafit ST's, which easily makes up for the weight difference.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
As another reviewer put it: "The Joule is more like that demanding friend who won't let you get away with bad habits or being lazy." The Joules are stiff for a womens ski, and therefore demand a lot of input (that said, I'm glad I didn't mount them telemark). Although they are labeled as a Women's ski, men looking for a lightweight version of the Kilowatt shouldn't be afraid to ski on these too (hey, at least they aren't pink!) Mount 'em with whatever you like, pair them with a 4-buckle boot, and ski fast-- these skis have no speed limit!
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