Gear

Blizzard Black Pearl 98 (2019)

2019 Women's All-Mountain Wide Ski

Brand: Blizzard

Model: Black Pearl 98

Overall Score: 4.19 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

135-98-119

Lengths (cm)

152, 159, 166, 173

Radius (m)

15

Gender

Female

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.25 / 5

Playfulness

4.13 / 5

Forgiveness

4 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.06 / 5

Crud Performance

4.38 / 5

Balance of Skills

4.44 / 5

Flotation

3.63 / 5


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This ski knifes, but it will also chill and let you enjoy the view. The 98 (formerly the Samba) got a nip and tuck last year to make it lighter and stronger, and testers love it more than ever. The Pearl is the directional option in Blizzard’s freeride line, with a solid, predictable feel. (For more slarve and playfulness, go with the Sheevas.) Weave through trees, suck up bumps, float through pow, or trench on groomed—there is nothing this ski won’t do.

Strength: Balance of Skills, Overall Impression 

Weakness: Flotation 

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