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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Rating: / 5
Price: $1200.00
Year: 2010
Level: 3
Gender: Male
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 128/87/113
Lengths: 167, 174, 181

Stability at speed: 3.51 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.74 / 5
Crud performance: 3.39 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.23 / 5

It wasn’t long ago that Blizzard was a struggling brand: great race skis; no sense of fun. This year, it medaled in 10 categories. No ski better embodies the resurgence of the brand than the 8.7. It’s powered by IQ, the binding interface that launched the comeback, with its slop-free transmission of energy to the edge. On skis this wide, it’s a marvel. Testers ranked the 8.7 No. 3 in flotation and No. 2 in edge-grip. Neat trick. Are you listening, Easterners? “Felt like part of me,” said Lewis.


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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

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Blizzard The Answer (2010)

Category ranking: No. 2 (tie) Average score: 3.55 Balance of skills: 3.54 Best for; Getting more than your share of powder Not for; Tight trees and/or Eastern versatility

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Blizzard Viva 7.6 IQ (2010)

Category: Women's Cruiser; Category ranking No. 1; Average score 3.96; Balance of skills: 3.83; Best for: Cranking tight turns on hardpack; Not for: The lethargic or unathletic: It’s got energy.

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Blizzard Viva 8.1 IQ Max (2010)

Category: Women's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 4 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.23; Best for: Athletic skiers: It reacts quickly to pressure. Not for: Sunday drivers: This ski demands attention.