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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