Blizzard Viva 8.1 IQ Max (2010) - Ski Mag

Blizzard Viva 8.1 IQ Max (2010)

Category: Women's Freeride; Category ranking: No. 4 (tie); Average score: 3.31; Balance of skills: 3.23; Best for: Athletic skiers: It reacts quickly to pressure. Not for: Sunday drivers: This ski demands attention.
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Rating: / 5
Price: $1125.00
Year: 2010
Level: 2
Gender: Female
Waist Width:
Tip/Tail/Waist: 123/81/108
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Stability at speed: 3.20 / 5
Hard snow performance: 3.42 / 5
Crud performance: 3.07 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.30 / 5

This ski is spring-loaded and ready to rip—almost humming with potential energy. The 8.1, with the category’s highest score for rebound, is a zippy ride. With a full wood core and vertical sidewalls, this addition to Blizzard’s growing women’s line is anything but watered down. You can opt for Blizzard’s new Slider binding, too: same instant power transfer, but it quickly switches out for AT or tele bindings. Talk about a one-ski quiver. “Quick in the fall line; arcs short turns,” Forland said. 

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