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Blizzard's all mountain range features the 88mm underfoot Bushwacker - can it hack through everything we threw at it?
Level
Advanced
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Genuine all mountain skiers, who might spend a whole day transitioning seamlessly from piste to powder
Price
£515
Season
2019/20
Bindings?
No
Float
8
Playfulness
8
Value
8
Edge hold
9
Stability
9
Turn initiation
9
Overall Score
9
+
Unashamedly freeride character, while still having plenty of piste prowess
Slightly lacking in crud-chopping power

Blizzard's Bushwacker sits on the borderline between all mountain and freeride, among a hefty line-up of powder-focussed skis, and parallel to the brilliant Rustler series. Blizzard seem to be very intentionally blurring freeride and all mountain in this category; rest assured the Bushwacker is not a piste ski in disguise.

The Bushwacker has a full carbon sheet where others in the range only have carbon tip and tail (although much of the range has a tapered titanal sheet, where the Bushwacker doesn't) - this is good news for anyone who enjoys the poppy playfulness of carbon over the stiff power of Ti.

The result is a ski which is much more my cup of tea; freeridey, fun all mountain but highly capable on piste as well. Carbon allows for a more mellow and malleable flex pattern with plenty of bounce, whereas the similarly dimensioned Brahma (with titanal) is much stiffer and more aggressive.

Piste performance is the notable element here - with surprising agility, quick edge to edge response, and instant grip in short turns, which is really impressive for a ski of these dimensions. That 88mm underfoot is effective off piste too.

The Bushwacker is a little expensive in the context of the whole range given the lack of titanal - but on the other hand the fact it's a little toned down from the stiffer models should attract a different type of skier.

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