Blizzard is one of the most traditional ski manufacturers out there today, yet they continue to produce progressive freeride skis that lead the way in performance and innovation. The Rustler series (includes the wider 11 and the brand new 9) seems to back that up nicely.
Having said that, the Rustler 10 divided opinion in some areas across our test team and whilst Blizzard market them as suitable for a recreational skier, we suggest they need someone with power, technical ability and an aggressive style to get the most out of them.
Agreement is ubiquitous on a few points though - they are powerful, solid and float well in deeper powder snow. But whilst some of our team find them playful and responsive, others struggle to enjoy their handling, especially off-piste or in variable snow conditions.
For more aggressive skiers, and possibly heavier ones, the powerful nature of the skis will provide a solid and stable base and we're confident that responsiveness will be there in spades. But you need to work them hard - if you do, rewards will come but lapses in concentration will be punished and the rustler in you will end up in jail for bad ski technique.
If you're a strong, confident skier looking for an all mountain charger for both on and off-piste then there's no doubt the Rustler 10's will steal you away.