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Line Blend vs Blizzard The One

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I'm looking at the 2011 models of these two skis in a 177-178. Anyone skied both of them?

post #2 of 10

Did you decide which ski to get? i've skied the blizzard and have been curious about the line but have never been able to ski it.

post #3 of 10

Only have skied the One, it's the best of that bunch I know. Cannot speak to the Line, have heard it's nice ski, but suspect you'll prefer One's rocker. 

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I liked the One too. i now understand what people are talking about when they say a ski "pops".  I did get some chatter at speed (could have been my bad form) and it did knock my intermediate a&& into the back-seat a couple times while skiing. but overall it was a hoot to ski.

 

i don't know if anyone has actually skied the line blend. maybe it got panned in a review i haven't seen.  I've wanted to ski it too but haven't had the chance.  There are some great deals on 09/10 and 10/11 blends out there.  

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I ski a Line Blend 178 as a Tele ski.  It's really a nice one ski quiver for me in JH.  I don't know how it might have changed from my model year.  Mine are black and neon with zebras and a chicks face on them.

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Bought the Blizzard in a 177. Level 7, 165 lb, 63 yr old, 25 days this year - most ever for me.

 

Skied it every day last week at Big Sky mostly on black bumps and trees. A few inches of fresh snow each day totaling over two feet for the week. Nothing "bottomless". Two mornings after light snow I went back to my older 172 long 84 wide Salomons and went right back to The Ones after two runs. The Salomons were certainly quicker edge to edge but the Blizzards gave up a little on the groomed and gained considerably of piste. I found them to be fun in the soft bumps and stable at speed even on the smooth runouts.

The first day or two I felt they wandered around when not on edge. After a few hours on the ski I realized they might wander but they never did get away from me so by the end of the week I didn't even notice it.  My first time on such a wide ride so I don't know if it was the width, the rocker or just the driver.

On groomers I found that I carved better by putting put more pressure fight down my leg to my heel. Legs flexed and all just the pressure point was a little farther back. Seemed like I needed to carve more with the tails instead of the tips. Never experienced this before so I don't know what it's called or if it is lack of ability but I could not really carve with the tips but had no problem making nice smooth track with more pressure from the middle and back.

Not as stable as the Faction Alias I tried earlier but the additional sidecut probably made them more of an all around "everyday it's snowed" recently kind of ski out west.

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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post

Bought the Blizzard in a 177. Level 7, 165 lb, 63 yr old, 25 days this year - most ever for me.

 

Skied it every day last week at Big Sky mostly on black bumps and trees. A few inches of fresh snow each day totaling over two feet for the week. Nothing "bottomless". Two mornings after light snow I went back to my older 172 long 84 wide Salomons and went right back to The Ones after two runs. The Salomons were certainly quicker edge to edge but the Blizzards gave up a little on the groomed and gained considerably of piste. I found them to be fun in the soft bumps and stable at speed even on the smooth runouts.

The first day or two I felt they wandered around when not on edge. After a few hours on the ski I realized they might wander but they never did get away from me so by the end of the week I didn't even notice it.  My first time on such a wide ride so I don't know if it was the width, the rocker or just the driver.

On groomers I found that I carved better by putting put more pressure fight down my leg to my heel. Legs flexed and all just the pressure point was a little farther back. Seemed like I needed to carve more with the tails instead of the tips. Never experienced this before so I don't know what it's called or if it is lack of ability but I could not really carve with the tips but had no problem making nice smooth track with more pressure from the middle and back.

Not as stable as the Faction Alias I tried earlier but the additional sidecut probably made them more of an all around "everyday it's snowed" recently kind of ski out west.

Where is the mid point of your boot set at? If you have the max IQ slider try moving the mid point back to the freeride setting about 2 holes. You might find more tip initiation with this setting. I did this on my ones 177cm also and found I liked this setting better  than mid point of boot at middle of the ski. As an interesting note to this I have a Line P90 at 179cm set with mid point of boot at the centerline of the ski and have found that if I shift a bit back to the heels towards the end of the turn the ski hooks up and tightens up the turn even more. 
 

 

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Interested in The One as well.  Anyone have direct comparison between The One and Watea 98 or Salomon Shogun?  For a level 7/8 skier in the East at 165lbs., which would be recommended?

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Interested in The One as well.  Anyone have direct comparison between The One and Watea 98 or Salomon Shogun?  For a level 7/8 skier in the East at 165lbs., which would be recommended?


My Two cents,

 

The one! Just picked it up, i cant' wait to get on it. I've heard great things about the Watea 98 and the One. I just chose the one cause that's what Ive skied are Blizzard's, and i found a killer deal on ebay for 375!

 

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Where is the mid point of your boot set at? If you have the max IQ slider try moving the mid point back to the freeride setting about 2 holes. You might find more tip initiation with this setting. I did this on my ones 177cm also and found I liked this setting better  than mid point of boot at middle of the ski. As an interesting note to this I have a Line P90 at 179cm set with mid point of boot at the centerline of the ski and have found that if I shift a bit back to the heels towards the end of the turn the ski hooks up and tightens up the turn even more. 
 

 

 

Just double checking, moving the boot back toward the tail helps engage the tip sooner. I've had Railflex bindings for years and I could swear they say move up a notch for hard-pack/quicker turns and back a notch for powder/slower initiation.
 

 

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