For any skier that can handle all terrain and all snow conditions, the Brahma 88 from Blizzard has to be up there on the top of the shopping list. Powerful on-piste and forgiving in powder, these playful skis are Blizzard's best sellers for a reason - delivering everything they promise consistently.
Blizzard have used its Trueblend Free Woodcore construction that combines beech and poplar with paulownia, creating a consistent, dynamic flex that also keeps the weight down. The twin layer of Titanal added in along with carbon stringers adds further stability and power, but the rockered tip is softer, meaning easier control in moguls and powder.
The result of the Brahma's construction is a ski so finely balanced that it can feel effortless when changing terrain types. On-piste, they feel comfortably at home with a strong edge grip that ensures smooth short and long radius turns. They definitely seek out the new turn and prefer changing direction to straight lining, but at higher speeds they seem super stable.
At 88mm underfoot they aren't expected to charge in the deepest powder snow, but they are more than capable of handling it when needed. But perhaps the skis greatest strength is in variable terrain, cut up snow, moguls and chopped up crud. They seem to revel in the challenge and suck it all up.
They do suit a more advanced to expert skier, although for someone strong enough physically to ski most of the mountain, they would work well for a skier looking to improve their technical skills. Ideal skis for a seasonaire looking for one ski for the whole mountain.
Buy Blizzard Brahma 88 Skis: $824.95 at Amazon (US)
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