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Demo/Review: Blizzard SLR vs Blizzard Supersonic vs Volkl Racetiger Speedwall SL

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I normally ski the Supersonics (167cm) but recently demoed these cheater slalom skis at Killington:

 

Blizzard Magnesium SLR (160 cm):  Fairly stiff, precise, and demanding.  Need to stay right on them, they punish the briefest tendency to get in the backseat.  A one trick pony, they only want to make very short turns.  Felt lilke a real race ski to me.  They are fast and held the best on ice, but were probably the least fun.  Held the steep ice on Outer Limits most efficiently.  Didn't find many moguls that day.

 

Volkl Racetiger Speedwall (160 cm):  Awesome ski, real carving machines.  Also more demanding than the Supersonics, but less so than the SLRs.  They obviously shine in short radius turns, but could easily swing nice GS turns as well while staying reasonably stable.  Less demanding and more versatile than the SLRs, but still a good workout if you're going to ski these hard all day.  They also have incredible rebound energy.  On soft semigroomed snow on Superstar I felt like they were springing me from turn to turn, in a good way.  But you do need to stay on top of them.  Great in moguls.  Thinking of buying a pair if I can get a good deal.

 

Blizzard G Force Supersonic (167 cm):  These felt slightly dead the 1st run after the Volkls, but with some (personal) adjustment they came to life.  They had not been tuned as recently which was part of the problem.  Definitely the most versatile of the three.  Happy in any turn shape, fairly stable at speed, great in crud and bumps.  They're kind of like a blank canvas.  And way more relaxing than the other two.  But probably an inferior carver, and less energetic.  They don't punish little mistakes.  These have been my daily eastern ski for 2 years.

 

 

About me: 45 years old, 145 lbs, fairly strong skier, raced in high school and college.  (Back in the Dark Ages!)

About the conditions: mostly firm, groomed, and steep. Mainly skied Superstar, Ovation, Cascade, Wildfire, Outer Limits, Bearclaw

About the skis: First 2 were demoed from Northern Ski Works in Luddlow.  They had a real nice tune on them. 3rd were mine.

 

Just thought I'd share, since I rarely see anyone review skis in this category.  Apologies if I'm not following the correct format.

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Thanks for the reviews. 

 

I have a pair of the Blizzard SLR IQ 160 cm which I use as my slalom race ski in my beer league.  I am a bit heavier than you at 190 and have different results.  I love this ski.  I don't find it demanding at all.  I find it a lively short radius ski that I can also make some decent GS turns on.  In fact, I just got done doing a race clinic while at Mammoth and used these in the GS training as this was the race ski I took with me because I am currently in between GS skis.  I also ski these in the bumps and find that they perform well there as well.  I do agree that you don't want to get in the back seat with them, but you aren't suppose to do that anyways. 

 

Just goes to show that different folks will get different results when testing skis.  I haven't tried the Supersonics or the Speedwalls so I can't make a comparison but I am completely happy with my Blizzards.

 

As always YMMV.

 

Rick G

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Rick G,

Not surprised at all to hear that.  In fact I demoed the Blizzard SLRs 1st and loved them, but after skiing the other two I realized how much more effort the SLRs required of me.  Goes to show how important skier weight and style (and other factors) are in matching a skier to the right ski.  You've got 45 lbs on me.  (And you're probably 6 inches taller too.) 

 

Can't imagine buying without demoing.

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The fact that I bought the SLR's before trying might have something to do with why I love them so much.  After all, they are paid for!  LOL  However, I have been winning or placing high in the Slalom races in my league since buying them, so something must be working right,

 

BTW, I am 5'9".

 

Rick G

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The fact that I bought the SLR's before trying might have something to do with why I love them so much.  After all, they are paid for!  LOL  However, I have been winning or placing high in the Slalom races in my league since buying them, so something must be working right,

 

BTW, I am 5'9".

 

Rick G


I'm 6'0" 205 and have the SLR's in a 160. I wish I went longer. I feel that they are pretty unstable at higher speeds. I think the 165 would have been much better for me. Still a great carving ski.

 

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Thanks for the reviews. 

 

I have a pair of the Blizzard SLR IQ 160 cm which I use as my slalom race ski in my beer league.  I am a bit heavier than you at 190 and have different results.  I love this ski.  I don't find it demanding at all.  I find it a lively short radius ski that I can also make some decent GS turns on.  In fact, I just got done doing a race clinic while at Mammoth and used these in the GS training as this was the race ski I took with me because I am currently in between GS skis.  I also ski these in the bumps and find that they perform well there as well.  I do agree that you don't want to get in the back seat with them, but you aren't suppose to do that anyways. 

 

Just goes to show that different folks will get different results when testing skis.  I haven't tried the Supersonics or the Speedwalls so I can't make a comparison but I am completely happy with my Blizzards.

 

As always YMMV.

 

Rick G



 

 

I have the Blizzard SLR, now 4 seasons old, and would agree with most of the above. I am your size, but, I find the speed limit is higher in the 165 length. It's my Nastar ski. Skiing a SL ski and doing high energy short radius turns does require a lot of work. Not a fun ski to be on all day, but, great to work on carving skills as it's not overly demanding. BTW, Philpug tells me that Blizzard has not changed this ski much over the years.

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