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2011 vs. 2012 Blizzard Magnum 7.6

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Looking at the prior year and current models for the Magnum 7.6.  Looks like there appear to be 2 changes.  "Front Rocker" is advertised on the 2012 model and it uses an 11 DIN binding instead of a 12 DIN binding.  Anyone know if these are correct or if there are any other changes other than topsheet graphics? 

 

Has anyone skied both to determine if there is any noticeable performance difference in favor of either year's model?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 20

The 2012 has minimal rocker, 5mm, in reality..."marketing rocker". As in years past, the Mag 7.6 has been offered with 2 binding choices, an 11 and 12 DIN. The 11 that you are referring to is basically a "Squire" variation and works very all, suitable for anyone who would choose the Mag 7.6. 

post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the info.  So, bottom line ... is there any skiing performance or feel difference between the 2011 and 2012 model?

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by hobbes429 View Post

Thanks for the info.  So, bottom line ... is there any skiing performance or feel difference between the 2011 and 2012 model?



No. 

post #5 of 20

i don't have your answer, but i did ski on the 2012 version at the end of last season.

 

like many skis, it carved well at speed.  but it also performed well at slow speeds, which is what i'm looking for.  and i weigh only 153lbs.   and for its width (somewhat wide for an eastern carving ski), it was quick and light.  i'm sold on it.

 

it's funny that they market 5mm of early rise.   i guess to sell today, you need to say "rocker" or "early rise" or something, even if it's just 1/2 a cm!

post #6 of 20

Philpug,

 

Does the Magnum 7.6 have different "IQ" choices?   I know blizzard has a newer, better verison of the IQ binding system for some 2012 models.

 

Thanks!!!

Brett

 

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by mpskier View Post

Philpug,

 

Does the Magnum 7.6 have different "IQ" choices?   I know blizzard has a newer, better verison of the IQ binding system for some 2012 models.

 

Thanks!!!

Brett

 


There are two IQ type bindings, IQ and IQ Max, the IQ Max starts on skis over 80mm underfoot. The tow systems are not interchangeable. Some of the skis will have a choice of bindings depending on the DIN required of the skier. 

post #8 of 20

thanks

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mpskier View Post
like many skis, it carved well at speed.  but it also performed well at slow speeds, which is what i'm looking for.  and i weigh only 153lbs.   and for its width (somewhat wide for an eastern carving ski), it was quick and light.  i'm sold on it.

 

2nd that.  I'm a bit heavier than you at 165 lbs., but also looking for something that can perform well at slower speeds in addition to higher speeds.  I demo'd the 2011 model in March on the same day and the same runs head-to-head against some other great skis (Kastle RX and Blizzard Supersonic).  While not as thrilling as the RX or as quick as the Supersonic, I was really surprised how well this ski performed and how agreeable it was no matter what I tried.  Sounds like the 2012 model basically skis the same as the 2011.  A really nice ski that seems to be wildly under-marketed!

 

post #10 of 20

I acquired a Magnum 7.6 at the start of the 2010/11 ski season, so I guess that makes it the 2011 model?  At any rate...  I had the previous year's version as well, but I cracked it.

 

At any rate...  If you stay on trail, the Magnum 7.6 is a dream in the north-east.  I weigh about 170, and use the 170cm length.  It works well in bumps, groomers, powder if you have the skill  :-).  Fast, slow, it just works.

post #11 of 20

I have a NEW pair of 2012 7.6's BLEMS that I am prepared to offer at well below regular price. PM me is interested in a quick purchase. 

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I have a NEW pair of 2012 7.6's BLEMS that I am prepared to offer at well below regular price. PM me is interested in a quick purchase. 



What length? Need to replace my Fischer Cool Heat at 76 under foot with something more forgiving in bumps. I've been looking at the 7.6 as my "bump" ski. My 2 ski quiver this year would be Mag 8.7 and 7.6. The perfect east coast quiver for me I think.

post #13 of 20

I have to give a +1 for the 7.6.  A wonderful frontside carver/bump ski especially for the East Coast. Very light and lively and very responsive ski with excellent edge grip, very surprising stability at decent speeds. Top end not so much, no metal. the 8.7 would take over for that. Very nicely priced also, alot of ski for the buck.  I am 5'7 and 160ish and have them in a 163. I personally like the 12 din binding, it is more like the Marker Griffon. Hope this helps.   Dave

post #14 of 20

It's interesting that you asked this, because I was curious about the same thing.  From expertskier:

 

2011 Magnum 7.6:

 

Solid, versatile all mountain carver, good choice as 1-ski-quiver unless bottomless snow is a frequent condition.

"Can do everything well, quick, accurate, good snow feel," wrote one skier.

Another was even more complimentary and summed up the general impression: "

This ski is a marvel, even though it may be targeted at less than experts, it can still be skied aggressively and yet it doesn't demand too much."

 

2012 Magnum 7.6:

 

This shape is the sweet spot for many and apparently Blizzard nails it.

"Wow! Much improved!!! This ski is awesome. Rock solid edge hold at high speed but super easy to turn."

"Nice feel, easy to turn, great edge in GS turns. Intermediate to experts will love it."

"Game improvement at a super price. Vary turn shape at skier's choice. 8" of new snow, no problem!"

"Great ski to improve to a higher level. Forgiving, but when pushed, responds at once. Impressive."

"Fun and playful."

In our opinion, a superior teaching/learning ski.

 

They seem to imply that the ski has been greatly improved.  Interesting...

post #15 of 20
I was about to post that I picked up a pair of '09s from liquidationsports for about $250. I believe these were demos. I was pleasantly surprised at the condition.

I believe they have one more pair in 170mm, in "A" condition.
post #16 of 20

I know I should go with what Philpug says above, but I just want to confirm whether the 2012 and 2011 are the same ski (with the exception of the tiny 5mm tip rocker on the 2012).  Oh and also whether there is any metal in these skis. 

 

post #17 of 20

Yes and yes. It is a good ski. 

post #18 of 20

Would it be an upgrade from Fisher RX8s?

post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by skinnydog View Post

Would it be an upgrade from Fisher RX8s?


If you are looking for a more versatile ski. yeah. 

 

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by skinnydog View Post

I know I should go with what Philpug says above, but I just want to confirm whether the 2012 and 2011 are the same ski (with the exception of the tiny 5mm tip rocker on the 2012).  Oh and also whether there is any metal in these skis. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Yes and yes. It is a good ski. 


Looking at this ski at LSS, asked the same question and was told that there is no metal in the 7.6, just carbon, while the 8.1ti obviously has metal.  Which struck me as a bit odd as the 7.6 was clearly stiffer than the 8.1.  Blizzard's web site is mute on the subject.  Holding the two skis up side by side, any rocker in the 7.6 is not apparent while the early-rise tip on the 8.1 shows up easily.  Will be taking the 8.1 out for a test spin this afternoon.  Anxious to see just what an early-rise tip feels like.

 

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