Rating: / 5
Lengths: 160, 167, 174, 181
Stability at speed: 3.59 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.78 / 5
Crud performance: 3.62 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.15 / 5
Wider skis usually sacrifice edge-grip. Not the 8400, which, despite an 84-mm waist, topped the category for Hard-Snow Grip. That’s a testament to Blizzard’s unique IQ binding interface, which grips the binding tightly to the ski in a seamless, slop-free connection. The result is a system that instantly transmits skier input to the edge. Sturdy wood-core construction and two sheets of metal give it a pleasing heft. "Very responsive and flexible," said Rifkin.
Technicians, who’ll appreciate its accuracy.
The cautious. Works best at top speed.