Blizzard Titan 8 (2007)

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Rating: / 5
Price: $675.00
Year: 2007
Level: 3
Gender: Female
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Tip/Tail/Waist: 116-80-106

Stability at speed: 2.76 / 5
Hard snow performance: 1.87 / 5
Crud performance: 2.20 / 5
Forgiveness: 1.70 / 5

Pro If the men liked the Titan 8, but feared it’d be too much for lighter-weight or less-aggressive skiers, wouldn’t the women be less enamored of it? You’d think. But what a difference a shorter length makes. To be sure, the female testers counted the unisex Titan among the burlier boards in the category, giving it its highest marks for Long Turns and Stability at Speed. But in the 166-cm length they tested, they were more overjoyed than overpowered, ranking it slightly higher than the men did but with otherwise almost identical scores across the board. The construction is similar to that of the Titan 9, but it’s metal-free and therefore less demanding. Chappel called the Titan 8 "a powerful, gentle giant." Con Reluctant in short turns; unwieldy in bumps.


Blizzard Titan Atlas

Blizzard Titan Atlas (2011)

Blizzard makes rockered skis, too, but the Atlas proudly rocks traditional camber, and its No. 3 overall ranking speaks volumes. Among the fattest in the category, it floats through crud and powder as you’d expect, but its edge-grip and carveability are faultless. The camber gives it a responsiveness and explosiveness that rockered skis lack. “Such a silken grip; surefooted in chunky snow; nice round turn finishes,” said Gleason. The Slider binding interface gives you options: Buy another Slider ($75) for a tele or AT binding, and presto: interchangeable bindings.