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Waist Width: 72
The Power S8 is designed as a burly carving ski with a relatively short 14 meter sidecut radius designed for quick and snappy turns. Its 120 mm tip is built just big enough to chop through fresh snow and corn, but its 72 mm waist is equivalent to a race ski, designed to be an ideal tool for groomers as well. For something a little bit softer but very similar, check out the Power S8's little brother, the Power S6. The Power S8 is part of Blizzard's All Mountain Frontside series, which focuses on skis designed to rip groomers like a race ski, but with a little more playfulness for the occasional jaunt to more rugged terrain. Rocker Camber Rocker technology features a cambered middle section built for smooth turns on groomers and varied hardpack, and a rockered tip and tail intended for floating on powder and getting over not-so-smooth conditions. This is used in many of Blizzard's freeride skis, intended for taking on all types of terrain. 3 Matrix technology aligns the camber profile, sidecut, and construction of the ski so they lie perfectly aligned on top of each other, designed for extra stability at high speeds. Sandwich Compound Sidewalls featuring durable ABS and phenol plastics are designed to keep edges locked down on the snow. Suspension (excluded in the Viva S6) integrates a polyamide structure intended to act like an elastic band and reduce vibrations in the ski. Lastly, Dura-Tec integrates aluminum tip protectors, thicker top sheets, tail protectors, and more, designed to keep the ski as durable as possible over time. If you like to rip turns and want to do it as smoothly as possible, this is one of the best series Blizzard has to offer you. Blizzard, based in Mittersill, Austria, was founded in 1953. Its U.S. headquarters are in West Lebanon, N.H.