Pros: Blizzard DNA construction; Stiffer flex compared to other park skis; Moderate tip rockers; full side wall; no metal
Cons: Stiffer flex compared to other park skis; no metal; No base graphics other than a simple Blizzard/Tecnica logo
I demoed the 176cm when these were first introduced. I got to ride them on mostly hard packed and icy conditions in New Hampshire. And they were solid. Much like most Blizzard skis, it offers their flip-core technology where the pre flexed wood core is flipped during construction allowing for better pop. It has full sidewall for torsional rigidity but doesn't have any metal in it. And yet, it's still stiff compared to other park skis. I own a pair of 2013 Rossignol S7 and they are way more soft compared to the Regulator. The moderate tip rockers are more than just a marketing gimmick. It's got enough tip rocker to help you stay afloat on deep snow and bust through crud and chopped up snow but not enough to flop around when picking up speed. And speaking of speed, the Regulator is as smooth as a Cadillac. There's absolutely no speed limit on these bad boys. Solid edge hold thanks to its full sidewall and flip core technology which helps the camber with enough pop for each carving. I'm 5'11'' 170lbs, so I found the 176cm with the moderate tip rocker to be somewhat short when going fast. They started to feel slightly out of control. When Blizzard/Tecnica offered me these skis, I opted for the 186cm and I'm glad I did. Now I can go as fast as I want straight line all day!
If you're a type of skier who enjoys buttering, tail presses, tip presses, and hitting rails all day, these might not be your best option due to its stiffer flex. But if you're looking to shred all over the mountain and occasionally hit the park and don't mind a little more effort to butter your tips or tails, then these will be your one ski quiver for east and or west. With 94mm underfoot, it's wide enough for all types of conditions, but still narrow enough to carve even the iciest conditions. I don't care for the graphics but I apply all kinds of stickers on them so it doesn't really matter to me. Previously, my one ski quiver was 2011 Line Prophet 90 (with cap construction!) so I'm glad I found a new pair to replace them.