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Whats stiffer, Blizzard 8.7 or 8.1?

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any difference in 2010 or 2011?

post #2 of 7

I think the 8.7 seems a little stiffer, both have early tip rise next year.

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^^^^ What he said, having demoed both back to back. But that doesn't make the 8.1 a soft ski. 

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Technically they're the same basic construction they just differ in width and top sheet material for next year.  Personally I think the

8.7 is softer than the 8.1 but it just depends on your definition of flex.  Compared to most skis in this category (high performance

mid fat system skis) they are very soft longitudinally (lengthwise) but they are torsionally incredibly stiff plus having the IQ Max binding

(jester style Marker toe and heel) really adds to the torsional rigidity of the whole ski.   Grab an 8.7 or an 8.1 and flex them next to

the competition and you'd be surprised how much softer they are.  This makes them easier to turn at slow speeds and actually gives

the ski more grip on hard snow.

 

Next year the 8.7 and 8.1 just get a little bit early rise in the tip.  Barely noticeable on groomers but it makes the skis easier to pivot

and ski especially off piste or in mixed condition.  Same performance on hard snow.

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Next year the 8.7 and 8.1 just get a little bit early rise in the tip.

 

 

I'm curious whether anyone has details what the updates are for 2012.  Was talking to a shop owner who'd had a chance to ski the new version and he said they had substantial construction changes (which he thought was a big improvement). I had been considering purchasing his demo pair of 2011's and he said it was worth waiting for the new arrivals. Unfortunately I didn't have time to stick around and dig deeper.

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8.7 is a different construction for 2012, it is like the M-Power but w/o the Power structure. The 12 does have early rise that took one of my favorite skis and made it better. 

post #7 of 7

does stiffer really matter?

 

ski both and buy the one you like best.

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