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2011 vs 2012 Blizzard Supersonic

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Does anyone know if there were any changes from 2001 to 2012 models?

Thanks,

Tim

post #2 of 11

I know there were some changes from 09/10 to 11/12, not sure what year they occurred? I believe the older ski was magnesium vs titanium on the newer version. Also the construction was a little different in that the 2010 had ridge down the edge of the top sheet with relief cuts while the 2012 has a more flat top sheet. Having owned and skied them both, they were too similar to really notice any difference. Side cut and radius is the same on both.

post #3 of 11
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Thanks for the info.  I have a email out to Dawgcatching about the Supersonic, 8.1 and 8.7.  I demoed the 8.1 in 179cm at Utah recently was sold on Blizzard.  It carved great and handled the crud and 4" of powder.  I'm looking for a 2 ski quiver, but won't mind a 3 ski (except for the expense).  I skied the 172cm 8.1 at my local "hill" in Michigan and it was nice.  I think I still would prefer the 179cm.  It looks like the supersonic is a great carver.  I'm just wondering if it holds well when you let it run and try to carve some longer GS type arcs.  I would look for it in a 174cm and at my size, 5'8', 140lbs, I think it would hold up.  Any thoughts?  Then I could either get the 8.1 or 8.7 for a West ski.  I wasn't able to demo the 8.7.  I may be converting my DPS 112's from  telemark to alpine so that will be my powder ski.

Thanks,

Tim

post #4 of 11

Supersonic - Magnum 8.7 (or next year's 8.5) - DPS would be a quiver that left nothing uncovered, IMO.

 

Hard to criticize!

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yeah, that looks like a great combo.  Now to find the money.

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Tim F View Post

It looks like the supersonic is a great carver.  I'm just wondering if it holds well when you let it run and try to carve some longer GS type arcs.  I would look for it in a 174cm and at my size, 5'8', 140lbs, I think it would hold up.  Any thoughts?

 

It is a great carver and for what you describe it would excel.  I'm 6' 155lbs and can fly on them with confidence.  And yes, I am selling a very lightly used pair in the gear swap if you're interested. wink.gif

 

 

post #7 of 11

Hi Tim,

I have also skied the Blizzard Magnum 8.1. At your size I wouldn't go bigger than the 172cm, its a fairly burly ski. I'm 5'10"/175lbs and ski smaller mid-western hills like you (Minnesota), they require speed and input to really make them work. I feel the turn radius on the 172 (17m) is about right for my size and conditions, in my opinion the 179 will be way to long for you.

 

I've been skiing the Supersonic in 174cm for 3 seasons, my favorite ski by far. Last season I weighed 235lbs and they skied beautifully, this season I'm 175lbs and have to work them a bit harder for similar results. I for sure wouldn't go any longer at your size and would probably drop to the 167cm?

 

Buck

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi Buck,

Just ordered the Supersonics for the local hill.  I will prob. go with the 8.7 or new 8.5's to cover out West.  I demoed the 8.1's at Powder Mountain and Park City in the 179cm and loved them.  I felt I was able to work them and they were stable at speed in the crud. The Blizzards have great energy and like Dawgcatching says, I can load the tails out of the turn at float to the next or just roll them over and keep going.   I just hate to get a ski to short even at my weight.  I'm coming off of 20+ years of only telemark, so getting back to a fixed heel is fun.  I will continue to do both as I thing both turns are good.  If I was only going to use them at the local "hill", I would prob. stick with the smaller ones.

Thanks for all the good responses.  Great forum.

Tim

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Tim F View Post

Thanks for the info.  I have a email out to Dawgcatching about the Supersonic, 8.1 and 8.7.  I demoed the 8.1 in 179cm at Utah recently was sold on Blizzard.  It carved great and handled the crud and 4" of powder.  I'm looking for a 2 ski quiver, but won't mind a 3 ski (except for the expense).  I skied the 172cm 8.1 at my local "hill" in Michigan and it was nice.  I think I still would prefer the 179cm.  It looks like the supersonic is a great carver.  I'm just wondering if it holds well when you let it run and try to carve some longer GS type arcs.  I would look for it in a 174cm and at my size, 5'8', 140lbs, I think it would hold up.  Any thoughts?  Then I could either get the 8.1 or 8.7 for a West ski.  I wasn't able to demo the 8.7.  I may be converting my DPS 112's from  telemark to alpine so that will be my powder ski.

Thanks,

Tim

The 8.1 is a great ski.  The new 8.0 is a bit different in flex and feel.  Some will like it more, some will long for the old one (old one skis a little longer, IMO).  Pretty sure the 174cm would work well for you. I owned the SLR IQ in the 174, it was plenty of ski for me, and is just a narrower Supersonic.  I actually skied the Supersonic in 167, it was a heck of a ski.  

 

Today, I was ripping around on the new 8.5.  It feels more versatile than the 8.7. Much better in bumps: I was pounding some steeper bumps zipper line, having a great time on it.  The grip of the 8.7 isn't there though. We had a huge wind storm blow through, and have plenty of boilerplate around. It is a little loose feeling. The old 8.7 had more grip.  So, it gives up something there.  Also not quite as versatile.  But, probably works well for more people, and if it is in typical Western conditions (not full-on ice like we have had plenty of this year) then no problems, as long as the length works out. I think Eastern skiers will find the 8.0 a better choice.
 

 

post #10 of 11
This thread is making me crazy. I've got to try some Blizzards.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

I got last year's Supersonics.  One day at my local hill and I loved them.  A very good hard snow ski for me.  As Dawgcatching said, the 167 would probably have been more fun and lively for my weight, but I like the 174's anyway.  I felt that I could roll them over and then drive the tip to increase my carve.  This will be a good technique builder for me.  Now I will have to choose between the 8.7 or 8.5 or the Bonafide for a western driver.  I like the Blizzard kool aid right now.

Thanks for the help

Tim

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