NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies from this website.
I understand
More Info

The Blizzard Rustler 9 is a new addition for this season, and promises to be the recreational-level all rounder. We tested that claim on all of Galtur's varied terrain.
Level
Recreational
Terrain
All Mountain
Best for
Recreational all-mountain skiers, exactly as Blizzard suggest (but not freeriders, as Blizzard imply)
Price
£450
Season
2018/19
lengths
164, 172, 180, 188
Bindings?
No
Float
7
Playfulness
8
Value
7
Edge hold
8
Stability
9
Turn initiation
6
Overall Score
7
+
A recreational all-mountain ski that performs exactly as billed
There's nothing to dislike, but it is largely unremarkable

The Rustler 9 is the narrowest of the 3-member Rustler family, at 92mm underfoot. The Rustlers 10 and 11 are 102mm and 112mm respectively, and the dimensions alone should indicate this is a freeride-biased family. But the Rustler 9 is aimed at a recreational level of skiing and isn't up to out-and-out off-piste charging, so we've assessed it as all-mountain.

On the subject of waist size, the Rustler family has adopted the useful approach of increasing width along with length, which should help ensure the skis perform consistently across the range of sizes: So the Rustler 9 at 188 has a 94mm waist, rather than the 92mm of the shorter lengths.

On the mountain, the Rustler 9 turns out to be a very solid ski and performs pretty much as billed without being hugely remarkable. It is fun, poppy and bouncy in the cut-up off-piste snow - perhaps more stable than the 'recreational' badge might suggest. It isn't the easiest ski to turn, but given the lack of sidecut it is highly manoeuvrable if pushed.

Strangely (for a recreational ski) the Rustler 9 excels when it is cranked up; it's solid in fast GS turns on hardpack, and equally so in long, sweeping freeride turns. The Rustler 9 could easily be classed in the advanced/freeride category.

The plus side of this for the recreational all-mountain skier is that it offers room for improvement, meaning you won't quickly out-grow the ski's capability.

All our reviews are independent and unbiased. We may earn a commission when you buy from links to Amazon and other affiliates on this page.