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post #91 of 106

Awesome, thanks Phil.  

post #92 of 106
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Originally Posted by lateskier2012 View Post
 

I am not at all the same level of skier (intermediate to advanced, 43 years old, 6 foot, 195 pounds), but I did ski the Brahma and the FX 94 at Crystal Mountain yesterday, where it reached 50 degrees and deep slush prevailed by 10:00 A.M. I skied the Kastle, first, in the 176 length, and was immediately taken by how narrow it feels. I was shocked at how easily it turned, the stability in the slush, and just how much damn fun it was to ski. Hell of an edge, too: it held well during the first run of the day when everything was still firm. I ran a few areas that were a bit crunchy and bumpy, and they never flinched. 

 

I then took few runs on the 180 Brahma. This is an exceptionally heavy ski compared to the Kastle. As I slid off the lift, I immediately became aware of how difficult, compared the the FX, this ski was to turn. I felt as though I were trying to maneuver the Titanic through a mine field. They are very stable in the slush and crud, but they struck as damp to the point of beiing . . . boring?

 

This was the first time I ever skied either of these brands, and I had high hopes for the Brahma, based upon the postings I have read here, but I will very likely spend the extra for the Kastles. I will devote a day to each ski next season when conditions are more winter-like.

lateskier2012....I had the exact same experience with the 2014/15 Brahma. I consider myself an advaned/expert skier...5'-10 185-200 lbs.  Brahma's - 180 length, look pivot bindings mounted boot center.  Current skis...East Coast - 2011 Head i.Peak FLR pro 78 - 179cm - radius 15.4 & west coast - 2012 Rossignol Super 7 - 188.  Both skis have metal layup...love ripping on either...wide & fast, short & quick or railing bumps...never had an issues with stiff tails.  Both skis mounted boot center. I've skied the Brahmas for 3 days in the northeast....1 day on hardpack/ice and 2 days on early season 'spring' snow/slush.  I can make wide, fast GS turns, but can't smear them to save my life.  When I put on the brakes, the tails don't break loose and I get stuck mid ski and they skip/chatter/hop (2-4" down hill)...I can't slow them down to save my life and it scares the living sh!t out of me.  I can't roll these skis over quickly.  I'm having to do stupid little downhill ski kick turns to get them to transition quickly.  After all the reviews and my experience on these skis....I'm actually wondering if I AM an advanced skier. hahha  it's f'n crazy!  I hate them!  I think I may have a defective pair of skis....for real.  There is no way there are 499 out of 500 positive reviews of this ski, and I can't seem to make them perform.  I'm at a loss....they sounded so perfect.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

post #93 of 106

^^^ change the tune.

post #94 of 106

Thanks Whiteroom....I will and I'll let you know the results

post #95 of 106

I ski the Blizzard Brahma, bought last year.  I bought them despite the fact that I disliked the graphics.  Strangely, people have complimented me on the graphics -- and I've come to like them.

 

I bought the skis flat (without bindings) and use Knee bindings.  I am a big supporter of the Knee bindings -- my knees are important to me and the science seems to be there that these are safer.

post #96 of 106

RogerSki is new here so he doesn't know the history, but can we all just agree to not discuss Knee Bindings?  Please.

post #97 of 106

When I was in the ski shop yesterday, I held the 2014 and 2015 Brahma side by side, and last years model appeared to have considerably more rocker in the tip. If you compared each model year with the bottoms pressed against each other, the 2015 model's tips touched considerably closer to the top of the ski with less rocker. It seems many sources online claim the ski is unchanged between 2014 and 2015 (excluding the blizzard website of course, which does not have any info on the matter).

 

I ended up purchasing last years model because it was cheaper, and I think I will prefer the additional rocker in the tip, but can anyone else confirm or deny the differences between the two models?

In either case the skis will ski very similar, but I would like to know if all the skis are like this (between 2014 and 2015), or are some skis manufactured slightly different from others, even though the manufacturer may state that they are supposed to be identical. Again I looked on Blizzard's website and could not find any indication either way.

post #98 of 106
So, to follow up on my post from a couple weeks ago, I put a true bar on the bases, and to my complete surprise, both skis were about 1-1.5mm base high 😳. I brought the skis to the shop where I bought them, and they stone ground them 6 times each on course before they could get the ski to flat. After a re-tune (1,3) I brought them back to the mtn. They skied considerably better, but there was still a mild issue...either with me mentally or still the ski. I was able to secure the shops last pair and exchange the skis. I've had the new pair out twice now...3-4" fresh & PP...and these things RIPPP! Now, this is what I was expecting from the brahma! All mountain butter. I could go on...but you all know the rest of the story
post #99 of 106

Just got the 180 Brahma after demo'ing the 187. Love the ski, don't have the same problems in terms of looseness/smearingas reported above. Might be the base bevel... I felt the 187s I demo'd were set at a base bevel of .5, unfortunately shop I demo'd from did not really seem to confident when I asked so... who knows. I requested to have my 180s tuned with 1 degree on the base and they are very versatile.

 

After demo'ing the 187s I felt they made fantastic arcs but felt a bit sluggish in bumps and went down a size. In terms of getting them on/off edge.... For what it is worth I have found my turns are best with a very deliberate ankle roll in the top part of the arc. Found that if I gently rolled the ski over the tip would not engage as quickly as a ski with less rocker would.

 

Will post an extended review at some point -- net love the ski 

post #100 of 106
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Just got the 180 Brahma after demo'ing the 187. Love the ski, don't have the same problems in terms of looseness/smearingas reported above. Might be the base bevel... I felt the 187s I demo'd were set at a base bevel of .5, unfortunately shop I demo'd from did not really seem to confident when I asked so... who knows. I requested to have my 180s tuned with 1 degree on the base and they are very versatile.

 

After demo'ing the 187s I felt they made fantastic arcs but felt a bit sluggish in bumps and went down a size. In terms of getting them on/off edge.... For what it is worth I have found my turns are best with a very deliberate ankle roll in the top part of the arc. Found that if I gently rolled the ski over the tip would not engage as quickly as a ski with less rocker would.

 

Will post an extended review at some point -- net love the ski 

nailed it with the 'deliberate ankle roll', this is exactly my feeling too. if I try to engage the tip first and press on it like a race ski if feels slow to engage. if i just deliberatly roll it to the other edge with even pressure, it engages nicely and hold an edge like there is no tomorrow. LOVE the ski, coming off a race i feel you really need to ski it differently to really enjoy it. 

 

it's been said a million times, and I almost didn't listen to the consensus, but when in doubt GO LONG. I went with the 187 (i'm 6'3" 210lbs expert), tuned 1base-2side and ski it 70% of the time on the EC. 

post #101 of 106

Hello.  I'm new to this forum so not sure if I should start a new thread for this question or not.  I think my question is close enough.  Based on all of your previous info on the Brahma in 180, I picked up a pair off of e-bay late last season after beating the snot out of my `178 cm Rossignol S-86's, which I dearly love, on the low snow conditions out here in the PNW.  The bindings on the Brahmas were set for a 28.5 size boot.  I went out today and fitted my 29.5's on them and found that the boot center line is at the first line, which would be - 0.5, back from ski centerline.  If I were to take them into the shop, I don't think they could move the toe piece forward that little without overlapping the existing screw holes.  Requesting opinion here; Would I even notice the boot set at - 0.5 behind CL? 

 

Thanks

 

"Biker" Jeff

post #102 of 106
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Originally Posted by Biker Jeff View Post
 

Hello.  I'm new to this forum so not sure if I should start a new thread for this question or not.  I think my question is close enough.  Based on all of your previous info on the Brahma in 180, I picked up a pair off of e-bay late last season after beating the snot out of my `178 cm Rossignol S-86's, which I dearly love, on the low snow conditions out here in the PNW.  The bindings on the Brahmas were set for a 28.5 size boot.  I went out today and fitted my 29.5's on them and found that the boot center line is at the first line, which would be - 0.5, back from ski centerline.  If I were to take them into the shop, I don't think they could move the toe piece forward that little without overlapping the existing screw holes.  Requesting opinion here; Would I even notice the boot set at - 0.5 behind CL? 

 

Thanks

 

"Biker" Jeff

 

I won't worry too much about remounting the bindings, but i would be concerned about proper forward pressure with your boot in a new to you binding set up. If you don't know how to check for proper forward pressure, then take the skis and your boot to a shop and it will take them less than thirty seconds to check.

post #103 of 106

Forward pressure indication looks great.  Thanks!

post #104 of 106
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Originally Posted by Biker Jeff View Post
 

Hello.  I'm new to this forum so not sure if I should start a new thread for this question or not.  I think my question is close enough.  Based on all of your previous info on the Brahma in 180, I picked up a pair off of e-bay late last season after beating the snot out of my `178 cm Rossignol S-86's, which I dearly love, on the low snow conditions out here in the PNW.  The bindings on the Brahmas were set for a 28.5 size boot.  I went out today and fitted my 29.5's on them and found that the boot center line is at the first line, which would be - 0.5, back from ski centerline.  If I were to take them into the shop, I don't think they could move the toe piece forward that little without overlapping the existing screw holes.  Requesting opinion here; Would I even notice the boot set at - 0.5 behind CL? 

 

Thanks

 

"Biker" Jeff

Probably not. With one caveat. I've never skied the brahma, but perhaps somebody who does can give us an idea of what they like in terms of boot center? Some skis NEED to be forward of the recommended line. Kastle is a good example of high (but not unanimous) agreement on that fact. I've also heard some who like to move Moments back a little. Point is, if the recommended is a good line, you should be fine at -0.5cm.  If everybody likes them +1 to +2, maybe not. Or you could just go ski em. If they feel good, they are good!

post #105 of 106

Thanks afterburn, your observations are why I posted the question here unique to the Brahma.  I had my Gotama's mounted up dead on ski CL, which worked out well.  If someone has some experience with the Brahma's riding them + 1 or - 1 I'd sure like to hear about it.  Shop time is too expensive to pay for just to experiment with boot position, not to mention the extra holes to plug.

 

"Biker" Jeff

post #106 of 106
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Originally Posted by Biker Jeff View Post

Thanks afterburn, your observations are why I posted the question here unique to the Brahma.  I had my Gotama's mounted up dead on ski CL, which worked out well.  If someone has some experience with the Brahma's riding them + 1 or - 1 I'd sure like to hear about it.  Shop time is too expensive to pay for just to experiment with boot position, not to mention the extra holes to plug.

"Biker" Jeff
I found I like my Bonafides mounted a bit forward.

You can consider how you like the tips and tails, do the tips feel vague or take extra effort to engage? Are the tails too stiff? It could be the position is back.
Do they respond nicely? Don't worry just ski them.
Think and feel, it's up to you, fwiw I agreed that the Bones took some oomph to turn but they got easy after bumping the mount forward a wee bit.
I use Schizo bindings until I'm sure I like where my boot center is before going with the permanent setup.
YMMV, many a skier dismisses my ideas as geeky and just ski with whatever is on their feet.
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