Blizzard IQon 7900 Magnum (2008)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $1065.00
Year: 2008
Level: 2
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 120/79/105
Lengths: 158, 165, 172, 179

Stability at speed: 3.08 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.33 / 5
Crud performance: 3.09 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.23 / 5

Predictably, the second-widest ski in the category took readily to Utah’s soft snow. Though fatter, the IQon shares a similar no-nonsense laminate construction with Blizzard’s CMX Pro (AME Speed)—including the slop-free IQ interface. But Blizzard lightens the IQon, replacing a sheet of metal with fiberglass, making it noticeably more forgiving. Testers still liked its performance in long arcs best. "Utterly effortless," said Hogen. "You can’t miss an edge-set if you try."

Best For

Soft snow, relaxed cruising.

Not For

Energetic slalom turns at speed.


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