Rating: 3.52 / 5
Waist Width: 88
Stability at speed: 3.97 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.80 / 5
Crud performance: 3.53 / 5
Flotation: 2.86 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.23 / 5
Overall: 3.52 / 5
Here's the new benchmark for East Coast all-mountain skis. The outstanding Brahma earned unanimous raves from testers. It put up high rankings across all criteria, but two stand out: It's No. 1 in Balance of Skills and No. 1, by far, in Overall Impression. The Brahma, tweaked for this year with a lighter tip and what testers thought was a generally less demanding demeanor, combines quickness, power, ease, and maneuverability in a single amazing package. It's edgy when you want it to be, smeary and skiddy when you don't. Reliably strong but never scary. That's a well-balanced ski-and a killer value. Moffatt: "It drove me to go harder and faster all the way down. I did, and I loved it."
NOTES: Geared more towards hard snow, the Brahma is designed as an everyday ski for those who aren't skiing powder on a daily basis but still want to be prepared for it. Its 125 mm tip, 88 mm waist, and 19 meter radius are designed for ripping groomers, and its slightly heavier core compared to some of Blizzard's other models is built to keep the ski locked down on the ground without chatter. The Brahma is designed to ski through the soft stuff, too, though, thanks to its Rocker Camber Rocker profile. This profile is designed to lift the ski's tip and tail up and over varied conditions, and its cambered center is intended to make switching between edges a breeze, offering a race-like experience.
The Brahma is part of Blizzard's Freeride All Mountain series, which specializes in wider, hard-charging skis that are designed to hold up far beyond the groomers. Flip Core technology is integrated, in which the core itself is built with rocker, rather than forced into a rockered shape during pressing, designed to result in a chatter-free ride. Sandwich Compound Sidewalls feature ABS and phenol plastics that are designed to keep edges safe and locked on the snow, preventing further chatter. If you're looking to huck cliffs, send chutes, and bomb down variable snow conditions on a regular basis, or just want something burlier than a strictly-groomer ski, this is the best series Blizzard has to offer you.
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