Blizzard Titan 8 (2007)

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

Stability at speed: 3.20 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.00 / 5
Crud performance: 3.18 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.80 / 5

Pro After three years of steady improvement, Blizzard broke through in the medal count at this year’s tests, picking up eight medals. It’s a brand on the rise, and the Titan 8 is a great example of its improving game. Gone is the domineering performance of Blizzard’s past, replaced with a more supple, agreeable feel. Power is still a defining trait, but there’s room for fun, too. The 8 is similar in construction to the 9, but there’s no metal, so it’s livelier. And the beveled sidewalls of last year are now vertical, which explains its above-average edge-grip. Some testers still worried it was just too much ski for many people, but others loved its blend of strength and finesse. "Trustworthy and predictable," said Casey, "and you can really stand on it." Con Mediocre scores for Rebound Energy and Moguls.


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.