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Waist Width: 72
Lengths: 153, 160, 167, 174, 181
The 2017 Quattro RS is one of the two flagship models in Blizzard's Quattro collection of groomed-snow carving skis. Like the RX, it's built for an aggressive attack and high speeds, reinforced with both metal, for high-speed vibration dampening, and carbon, for lightweight strength. And it features the same top-end 14-DIN binding and interface. But with its ultra-narrow 72-mm waist and traditional camber, it will excel on the hardest snow, with uncompromised quickness, edge grip, and rebound energy. And for expert carvers who enjoy a quick-turn, slalom-style attack, it comes in lengths as short as 153 cm, with sidecut radii ranging down to just 10 meters. The massive new Quattro line, comprising 10 models for men and six for women, highlights the 2017 offering from Blizzard. Where the brand has succeeded in recent years with popular wide-waisted freeriders like the Bonafide and Cochise, the Quattro line turns the focus to narrow-waisted carvers aimed at a broader, frontside-skiing public. With "street prices" ranging from $400 to $1,100 for men and $400 to $700 for women (all with binding), the broad line ranges from low-end models aimed at cautious intermediates who stick to the groomed up to racy high-performance carvers for experts who might already have a fat ski and want a pure carver for groomer-day fun. All are built for edge-to-edge quickness and secure edge grip on narrow waists ranging from 72 to 84 mm. All men's models are wood-core, vertical-sidewall laminate constructions for optimal edge grip on hardpack, with differing reinforcements according to target ability, target use, and budget. All feature Blizzard's IQ binding interface, which is integrated into the frame of the ski for enhanced power transmission to the edge and is attached with one central screw so that the ski can flex roundly, with no flat spot under the boot. Bindings range from a heavy-duty, high-tech 14-DIN suitable for high speeds and an aggressive attack down to a lightweight and affordable 10-DIN suitable for less-aggressive intermediates. Rocker profiles vary from slight or none, for maximum edge grip and rebound energy, to as much as 6 mm of tip and tail rise for easy steering and and soft-snow pivotability. All have full-length sidecut for optimized hook-up on turn entries and strong finishes. Blizzard, founded in 1945, is based in Mittersill, Austria, about 15 minutes from Kitzbuehel. It's part of the Tecnica Group, which includes Tecnica and Nordica (also Rollerblade, Lowa, and Moon Boot). The Mittersill factory produces both Blizzard and Nordica skis, as well as some skis for other brands.