Blizzard Viva 7.4 IQ (2010)

Category: Women's Intermediate; Category ranking: No. 3; Average score: 3.65; Balance of skills: 3.71; Best for: Growing with you as you improve; Not for: Novices, for whom it’s too quick and spunky
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Category: Women's Intermediate; Category ranking: No. 3; Average score: 3.65; Balance of skills: 3.71; Best for: Growing with you as you improve; Not for: Novices, for whom it’s too quick and spunky
blizzard viva 7.4 IQ thumb 2010

Rating: / 5
Price: $700.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 119/74/102
Lengths:

Stability at speed: 3.64 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.93 / 5
Crud performance: 3.43 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.90 / 5

At this lower price point, many skis are cap constructions, because they’re cheaper to build than a traditional sandwich ski with sidewalls. (They also tend to be lighter and easier to ski, too.) But the 7.4 has a full sidewall, and all the edge-grip and integrity that comes with it. It’s easy, too—comfortable and calm sliding through turns. But it’s a better leader than follower, and it likes to be skied with energy. “Precise yet forgiving; energetic yet calm on the snow,” Sheinberg said.