Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 3.30 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.40 / 5
Crud performance: 3.32 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.30 / 5
Pro Like the men’s IQon, Blizzard’s Emocion series of women-specific recreational skis is new. The construction is the same, but Blizzard softens the Emocion slightly to make it even more compliant and high-performing at slower speeds. The wood core is slimmer, as are the reinforcement layers. But Blizzard’s IQ interface defines the ride quality, with leverage that makes it almost impossible not to put the ski on edge so it can carve. From there, the Emocion’s deep sidecut and smooth turn initiations take over, drawing even the most reluctant carver into clean, automatic arcs of every shape. Moscarella liked the "balance of power and touch" and had the "overall impression that it’s just a well-made ski." Con Softer flex lacks the thrilling rebound of other IQ skis.