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Review: 2015 Blizzard Brahma

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Dimensions: 173cm, 18m, 88mm, 1/2

Location of Test: Mammoth Mountain

Number of Runs: 1.5 hrs

Height/Weight: 5'9" 155lbs

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

 

Summary: Very solid and stable all-mountain GT ski. It takes weight and speed to come alive.

 

I've read so much about the Blizzard flipcore line of skis on this forum, and I finally got a chance to demo one..the Brahma. What I wanted to demo was the Bushwacker, but my shop didn't have it in their demo fleet this year. I've read it somewhere that the Bushwacker is essentially the Brahma less metal inserts, so I took it hoping to deduce what the Bushwacker would be like from this experience.

 

When I hand flex the ski at the shop, I immediately knew the Brahma was a serious ski. The ski was stiff...not race ski stiff, but quite stiff. They felt heavy too, perhaps in the 16-7 lbs range. It had pronounced rocker in the tips and some slight rocker in the tail as well. At first, I wasn't sure whether to go with 180s or 173s. My shop guy who had seen me ski once told me to try the Brahma in 180cm. Well, the 180s were out, so I had no other option but to go with 173's.

 

...and I was glad that I did on the moment I hit the slopes on this ski. It took me a couple of runs to really figure the ski out and appreciate it for what it is..a GT type ski that's inclined to make big turns..damp and solid. This ski comes alive at speed. The tip engagement feel took a little bit of getting used to, but it held the edge very well. It was happy to drift as well when it was called for. Turn shape wise, it's very GS-like. It didn't like making short turns at all, or rather I wasn't able to work the tips.

 

All in all, the Brahma is a solid, damp and stiff all-mountain ski, and I can see why this ski is so popular. Having said that, it's not what I'm looking for in an 88mm all-mountain ski. Nor is it a good fit for my dimensions. I look forward to trying out the Bushwacker in a near future.

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Originally Posted by nochaser View Post
 

Dimensions: 173cm, 18m, 88mm, 1/2

Location of Test: Mammoth Mountain

Number of Runs: 1.5 hrs

Height/Weight: 5'9" 155lbs

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

 

Summary: Very solid and stable all-mountain GT ski. It takes weight and speed to come alive.

 

I've read so much about the Blizzard flipcore line of skis on this forum, and I finally got a chance to demo one..the Brahma. What I wanted to demo was the Bushwacker, but my shop didn't have it in their demo fleet this year. I've read it somewhere that the Bushwacker is essentially the Brahma less metal inserts, so I took it hoping to deduce what the Bushwacker would be like from this experience.

 

When I hand flex the ski at the shop, I immediately knew the Brahma was a serious ski. The ski was stiff...not race ski stiff, but quite stiff. They felt heavy too, perhaps in the 16-7 lbs range. It had pronounced rocker in the tips and some slight rocker in the tail as well. At first, I wasn't sure whether to go with 180s or 173s. My shop guy who had seen me ski once told me to try the Brahma in 180cm. Well, the 180s were out, so I had no other option but to go with 173's.

 

...and I was glad that I did on the moment I hit the slopes on this ski. It took me a couple of runs to really figure the ski out and appreciate it for what it is..a GT type ski that's inclined to make big turns..damp and solid. This ski comes alive at speed. The tip engagement feel took a little bit of getting used to, but it held the edge very well. It was happy to drift as well when it was called for. Turn shape wise, it's very GS-like. It didn't like making short turns at all, or rather I wasn't able to work the tips.

 

All in all, the Brahma is a solid, damp and stiff all-mountain ski, and I can see why this ski is so popular. Having said that, it's not what I'm looking for in an 88mm all-mountain ski. Nor is it a good fit for my dimensions. I look forward to trying out the Bushwacker in a near future.

 

The Bushwacker is being dropped from the Blizzard line up for 2016. It was essentially a Brahma without the metal and it had pretty much the same longitudinal stiffness as a Brahma, but softer torsional stiffness and as such, likely easier to turn but not as stable at speed.

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

 

The Bushwacker is being dropped from the Blizzard line up for 2016. It was essentially a Brahma without the metal and it had pretty much the same longitudinal stiffness as a Brahma, but softer torsional stiffness and as such, likely easier to turn but not as stable at speed.

I thought about the Brahma today while I was demoing other 88ish skis. The flex on the Brahma was actually quite alright, but it was the weight that I took a good notice of. 

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I thought about the Brahma today while I was demoing other 88ish skis. The flex on the Brahma was actually quite alright, but it was the weight that I took a good notice of. 


What bindings were on the Brahmas?  I have STH Driver 12's on mine and they're way lighter than my Kastle MX78's.  You might have just been on some heavy demo bindings.

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The Griffins I think. Next time I'm at the shop, I may do a quick flex and weight check.
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173 is very short for your height for that ski. I demoed on mountain with a former pro-rep. I was on 163 carvers at 5'6 and he recommended 173 Brahmas and was right.

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I agree with nochaser on the latest Brahma.  Damp and solid feel, with a great engagement and trench-digging ability to absorb plenty of powerful input across a wide speed spectrum.  It likes to be dirven and responds to edge angle adjustments precisely and informatively.  Great ski for athletic skiers.  Blizzard continues its series of homeruns designing skis for each niche in the market.  It's definitely a ski people should demo if they want a ski with solid, secure performance all over the mountain in the 88mm waist category.  It bridges the gap between racecarver and freeride-ish all-mountain ski nicely, and is pretty darn impressive at cutting crud and skied-out surfaces enthusiastically.

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I was able to try out my 1 day used Brahma's in 180 cm this last Sunday in some pretty nasty early season conditions; 14" of new wind packed powder over some previously groomed runs.  I can say they definitely have some authority to their handling.  What they really wanted to do was simply SHRED the groomed parts of the hill.  On the hard pack they did indeed ski like a 175 cm due to the turned up tip and tails.  In the wind packed, you knew they were 180's, a bit slow to want to turn and you had to keep after them to keep turning.  Overall, I'd say they replicate a lot of the performance of my Volkl Tiger Sharks but with a lot quicker response into each turn.  I'll be keeping them but they don't ski like my beloved and skied really hard on Rossignol S86's.

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