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2011 Blizzard Magnum 8.7 Ski

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2011 Blizzard Magnum 8.7 Ski
Description:

No matter what, no matter where, the Magnum 8.7 IQ-MAX takes it all. The remarkably versatile ski employs a sturdy construction for those who want to explore the off-piste areas on their favourite mountain. If it’s powder, tracked or even groomed. The sidewall construction is seamlessly merged with Blizzard’s unique brand new IQ-MAX system. The Powerframe technology and the development of the suspension control 3D allows the ski to flex smoothly in all snow conditions. The result is reliability with power and edge grip.

Details:
DetailValue
Lengths167, 174, 181
Dimensions
Turn Radius18.5 @ 174 cm.
ConstructionIQ-Max sandwich compound sidewall
Core MaterialTitanium wood core
Binding System
Recommended UseAll Mountain
Recommended BindingIQ-Max 12
Sidecut128/87/113
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Model Year2011
Binding Included
Binding Type
Recommended use
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

From Dawgcatching's 2011 Ski Reviews: Mid-Fat skis, 80-100mm Waists, 11/28/10


 

Blizzard Magnum 8.7, 174cm length tested, 87mm underfoot, 3rd year basically unchanged. This is a pretty stout, powerful all-mountain ski. 2 sheets of metal, IQ binding, a bit stiffer than the Atlas, IMO.

 

Conditions

These were tested over several days: conditions included lots of manmade snow, firm and rock-hard bumps, fast groomers, a few inches of new snow, steeps, icy chutes, some heavy new snow, and a fair amount of crud.  Since I only got a couple of runs on these skis, for the most part, I didn't do the 1-10 scale for these skis.  

 

About Me

5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line double-black bumps for the first time in my life by early spring.  Probably ski 40-50 days per year.  I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers.  My skiing speed is fast to full-on. Overall fitness is high, as I am on my road bike 15+ hours a week 9 months of the year, and race pro-level races as a Cat1. 

 

Review

This ski is a premier frontside wide carver, and a real powerhouse. It has no real speed limit, even at the relatively short 174cm length (even shorter when you consider the short running length). It is a great ski on any sort of hard snow, and when in tight chutes, is very quick, predictable, and stable. Kind of stiff for bumps, and not my favorite ski there. In bigger turns at speed, it feels a little short, but nimble due to the width and length. Almost like a narrow Mantra. Overall feel is big, with a good-sized sweet spot. This ski is very damp, and feels like a race-bred ski. This ski is as much of a BMW 6-series style ski as you will find. The only real downside for me was the stiffness: it could be a touch softer and still be more than stiff enough to hold on any surface. Enter the 8.1....

 

Conclusion

Pros: aggressive, great carver, powerful and stable

Cons: stiff for bumps, a little stiff for lighter guys such as myself

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