Rating: 3.21 / 5
Waist Width: 104
Stability at speed: 3.63 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.43 / 5
Crud performance: 3.26 / 5
Flotation: 3.84 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.10 / 5
Overall: 3.21 / 5
Don't be fooled by the hippie dreamcatcher graphic. The Sheeva's a charger, especially in the 172-cm length. Not that it's overly demanding. The power comes with a quick-yet-smoothness that testers frequently referenced. Most also tried the 165 length, agreeing that it's a kinder, gentler Sheeva, well suited to a more timid attack. But it was the longer length that they'd recommend to ripper friends. Webster: "Nice balance, heft, and dampness. Good stability underfoot, and it loves speed."
NOTES: The Sheeva is Blizzard's widest women's ski, with a 134 mm tip and 104 mm waist. Its specialty is powder, but it's also designed to rip any terrain thanks to its versatile technology shared amongst each model in Blizzard's Freeride Women Series.
The series focuses on wider, big mountain skis that are designed to hold up far beyond the groomers. Flip Core technology, in which the core itself is built with rocker, rather than forced into a rockered shape during pressing, is designed to result in a chatter-free ride. Sandwich Compound Sidewalls feature durable plastics, ABS and phenol, that are built to keep edges safe and locked on the snow. Light Core Technology combines Isocore, poplar wood, and bamboo to prevent cores from being too clunky. Finally, a Rocker Camber Rocker profile features a cambered center intended for race-style turns and a rockered tip and tail for floating over varied conditions. If you're looking to huck cliffs, send chutes, and bomb down variable snow conditions on a regular basis, or just want something burlier than a strictly-groomer ski, this is the best women's series Blizzard has to offer you.
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