The Black Diamond Helio 88 is a speed touring and ski-mountaineering ski designed to take you further and faster on the skin track with less effort, and provide you with the stability and control you need to make heads up turns in the alpine. Or maybe you're looking for that lightweight resort skinner that will allow you to stack the vert? Regardless, the Helio 88 delivers with a lightweight balsa flax wood core and PrePreg Carbon Fiber layup, and a rocker-camber profile that provides good float in powder and solid edge hold on firm snow. From valleys to summits and back again, the Helio 88 is a fine choice for lightweight touring enthusiasts.
The Black Diamond Helio 200 bindings are the perfect compliment to the BD Helio 88 skis - lightweight, feature rich and with an absolutely bomber construction. Made by ATK out of France, these bindings are built with aluminum alloy and stainless steel (no plastic!), and are ridiculously durable and reliable. In addition, they have independent forward and lateral release in the heel, plenty of boot sole length adjustment and an easy to step in toe piece. ATK bindings are notorious for their high quality and high performance - the Helio 200 is a shop favorite for good reason.
It's worth considering adding DPS Phantom Treatment to the package - Phantom is permanent waxless base glide cooked up between the University of Utah and DPS Skis that ensures a never-wax-again glide for the lifetime of the skis. Basically, during the application process the treatment percolates into the honeycomb structure of the base and binds at a molecular level when cured under UV light. The result is permanent glide performance that works really well across all snow temperatures. Also, a big perk for touring specific skis is that you don't have to worry about peeling away hot-wax from the ski base every time you apply and remove your skins, subsequently drying out the bases much faster. With Phantom, you feasibly never have to apply wax again.
This closeout package purchase includes a free binding installation (the bindings are not yet mounted on the skis). If you need climbing skins as well, we can make a recommendation and trim them to fit so everything is ready to go upon arrival to you.