Blizzard Magnum 8.7 IQ (2009)

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Blizzard Magnum 8.7 IQ

Rating: / 5
Price: $1325.00
Year: 2009
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128/87/113

Stability at speed: 3.19 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.84 / 5
Crud performance: 3.12 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.09 / 5

Blizzard builds as much edge-grip as anyone could want onto this 87-mm waist. Its IQ interface is one of the most precise: The ski's vertical sidewalls extend above the topsheet, then curl inward to grapple the binding tightly. Marker's Duke/Jester heel, with its wide foundation, yields even more leverage. And the bottom sheet of metal extends all the way to the outer corner of the edge. Hardpack? No problem. "Nice balance of nimble and burly," said Sabanosh.

Best For

Hammer-down attacking style

Not For

Short turns or slow speeds


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Blizzard Magnum 8.7 IQ Max (2010)

Category: Men's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 2; Average score: 3.45; Balance of skills: 3.42; Best for: Hard-snow/soft-snow versatility; Not for: Skidded turns—a total waste of its talents

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Blizzard Magnum 8.1 IQ (2010)

Category: Men's Cruiser; Category ranking: No. 3 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.26; Best for: Long, fast arcs on the groomed; Not for: Crud, where it’s a little too edgy and energetic