Blizzard Viva 8.1 IQ Max (2012)

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Rating: 3.56 / 5
Price: $1100.00
Year: 2012
Level: 3
Gender: Female
Waist Width: 81
Tip/Tail/Waist: 121-81-106
Lengths: 151

Stability at speed: 3.97 / 5
Hard snow performance: 4.33 / 5
Crud performance: 2.87 / 5
Flotation: 2.13 / 5
Forgiveness: 3.60 / 5
Overall: 3.56 / 5

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