Best All-Around Women's Ski

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As much as the Brahma is a mainstay model in the men’s category, it can’t hold a candle to the Black Pearl–the absolute benchmark in advanced to expert women’s all-mountain skis.

Last year the Black Pearl alongside the Brahma saw a major overhaul of their core. Using a blended poplar and beech core, lower density wood stringers now run through the tips and tails of the ski. This allows easier turn initiation and adds a little more play to the performance of this very staunch all-mountain crusher.

There seems to be a trend within the industry of making “serious” skis more accessible to intermediate skiers, and the Black Pearl is a shining example of how to do this right. Though the Black Pearl is capable on most any face, it shines the most on hardpack and groomers. Expert skiers who are looking for a dependable tool to rip up the front side of the mountain, as well as those in search of a ski that will grow with their ability levels should heavily consider the Black Pearl.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    Allows this best-selling women’s ski to reach a wider audience
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    Remains a versatile and hard-riding option despite the increased accessibility
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    Reasonably lightweight compared to many all-mountain options

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markStill too much ski for any skiers below the advanced skill range
  • check-markThere are skis with more float out there, and the 88 may be a tough sell on deep days

Where to buy:

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Black Pearl 88

Specs & Features

  • Sandwich Compound Sidewall
  • WSD (Women’s Specific Design) TrueBlend Woodcore
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Extra Wide Titanal Plate
  • Rocker/Camber/Rocker Profile
  • Durable topfoil and ding-resistant shape
  • Also available in 82, 97mm waists
  • Sizes range from 147-177cm
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Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.7

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    Allows this best-selling women’s ski to reach a wider audience
  • check-mark
    Remains a versatile and hard-riding option despite the increased accessibility
  • check-mark
    Reasonably lightweight compared to many all-mountain options

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markStill too much ski for any skiers below the advanced skill range
  • check-markThere are skis with more float out there, and the 88 may be a tough sell on deep days

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