Black Diamond Impulse 112 Freeride Ski 2021 – 2022 | Review

The Impulse 112 is an all-new freeride ski from Black Diamond

Why we chose the Black Diamond Impulse 112: Lively, fun, powerful 

Lengths (cm): 181 & 186
Sidecut (mm): 139 / 112 / 126 (186 cm)
Radius: 21m (186 cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,050g
Price: £700 / €700 / $799


Sitting at the top of Black Diamond’s all-new Impulse range of resort / backcountry freeride skis, the Impulse 112 offers a large platform and a powerful build for pure big mountain freedom.

The Impulse range replaces Black Diamond’s previous Boundary range of skis. If you’re unaware, the Boundary range was stiff, heavy and sported a long turn radius. All of that resulted in a ski that was pretty demanding for all but the hardest chargers out there. Now for 2021/22, BD have looked to rewind the difficulty dials of the Impulse range just a touch.

That’s not to say that these skis can’t charge. Far from it, in fact, you just have to take a look at BD athlete Parkin Costain sending it into Corbet’s Couloir on a pair of Impulse 112 to grasp how capable these planks are.

Black Diamond Impulse 112 Build

The Impulse range is made up from Black Diamond’s all-new ‘high performance’ fibreglass layup. This construction features two fibreglass laminates, which both sit on top of a lightweight and snappy Poplar woodcore. The top laminate spans the full length and width of the ski, while the second is a weave of fibreglass stringers that provide an increase in power without too much of a weight gain.

“The Impulse 112 offers a large platform and a powerful build for pure big mountain freedom”

These fibreglass laminates have been pre-impregnated which essentially means that the fibreglass layup comes with just the right amount of resin, rather than it being lathered on. Typical fibreglass constructions result in excess use of resin, and most importantly an increase in weight, so this prepreg method is a neat way to save a little weight.

This construction results in a lively flex. It’s not too demanding and certainly not noodly. The fibreglass laminates and poplar core help the Impulse 112 hold their own through a range of conditions and speeds.

Black Diamond Impulse 112 Shaping

Looking at the shaping, the Impulse 112 features a touch of taper, both in the tips and the tails, although this looks to have been reduced compared to the Boundary 115. While the boundary 115 carried a turn radius of 22 metres, Black Diamond tightened the radius of the Impulse 112 down to 21 metres.

Not only has the turn radius been decreased a little, but Black Diamond has also reduced the amount of early rise in the Impulse 112, compared to that of the Boundary 115. Shallower rocker profiles look to be a shaping cue that a lot of brands are leaning on these days to help reduce any unwanted tip chatter over firm snow. Finally, a deep rocker in the tails keeps these skis pivotable in the soft stuff.

Who Is The Black Diamond Impulse 112 For?

It’s fair to say that Black Diamond has hit a home run with the Impulse 112. If you’re in the market for a freeride ski that can hold its own in big mountain terrain, then the Impulse 112 are certainly ones to check out. Combine these with a Marker Duke PT 16, or CAST Freetour kit and you’ve got a setup that’ll rip freeride terrain both in and out of resort.

What Is The Black Diamond Impulse 112 Good At?

Soft Snow: 9/10
Versatility: 7/10
Touring: 6/10


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