Pros: Super versatile
Cons: I have to wait for the new binding
Initial Impression: My initial impression with Blizzard IQ goes back to there days when they were distributed by Dalbello. I was really not impressed do to the simplicity of the design and IMHO a sub par binding. I DID like the Titan Nine of the same generation. I skied the Cronos which was the replacement for the Titan was not near the same power as that ski.
Along comes the new Magnum series. The feel of this 8.7 is closer to the feel of the old Titan Nine than the Cronos. In hand flexing, the Magnum has a lot of spring In hard snow it head very well and the 18M TR really allowed a much tighter TR. For a 87mm waist, the ski is very nimble and I had no problem linking shorter turns on varied conditions and steepness.
Binding: The IQ TT Marker slid into the track better than the previous design and is a much more solid interface. I usually ski my bindings at a 12 DIN, and these did release as expected set at an 11. Both Lola and I noticed that the new TT heel (See: Jester/Griffon) required much more force to engage than a traditional heel.
What I am disappointed in is the way the IQ is attached with a single screw. Blizzard is touting one of the benefits of the design is the ability to swap skis and binding interfaces. The center screw on the magnum series just goes into the ski, where as the Titan series has an integrated threaded nut imbedded in the ski, IMHO a better design. This is only an issue if you plan on taking the bindings on and off regularly.
Overall: The Magnum has a very substantial feel on the snow. I like these much more than any of the Fuel series from Nordica, Magfire's from Elan or Crimson skis from Atomic. I will say what I do like about the IQ is that it is lighter than most integrated bindings, for a big powerful ski, it was light and nimble without being tossed around. For someone looking for a powerful frontside wider ski, this and its little brother the 8.1 should be on your short list.