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Differences in model year Blizzard Brahmas?

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I recently demo'd a couple of of things this season, and was wondering if there was any significant difference in the Brahmas from year to year (2015-2017). I got a chance to ski the 2015's I believe, and while I thought they were a fantastic ski, I felt at times they were a little bit much for me. Just a bit though - I felt as if I could grow into them (if that's really a thing), but also felt as if they wanted to FAST - all the time. I am in my 40's now, and don't always want to haul ass down the mountain. When cruising toward the end of the day, I felt as if they could get me into some serious trouble if I let my guard down. I did not appreciate that.

 

Things I liked: They felt solid - even on icy spots (dust on crust) they exuded confidence. Stable at speed - I felt locked in. 

 

Things I didn't like: They felt a little planky at slower speeds - like I had some 2x4's strapped to my feet. Could get me in trouble, if I wasn't paying attention 100% of the time. 

 

I guess my question would be, is there any difference in the flex patterns from year to year. I know that for 2017, they added carbon to the tips, and I heard that the Bonafides are a little softer, but that's it. I haven't heard/don't know much else.

 

I am looking for a daily driver. My other skis are Rossi Sin 7's. I love them in the right conditions, and wouldn't give them up. However, on the front side (groomers and such) I need something else that isn't squirrily on harder snow. 

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Also - I primarily ski CO - Steamboat and Vail. Morningside (SB) and China Bowl are my two favorite spots on respective mountains. Need something I can use on groomers/frontside while skiing with the nephews. 

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All of the brahmas require letting them run a little before they come to life and will get on edge.  I own the black/red ones and tried last years and they ski pretty much the same, it's not a ski that lends itself to smearing around at low speed.  What you gain in top end stability, you typically loose in bottom end playfulness.

Will your Sin 7's fit the bill of family ski days?  Have you tried the Rossi E88, Nordica NRGY90 or any of the skis in the 90mm class with minimal metal?

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All of the brahmas require letting them run a little before they come to life and will get on edge.  I own the black/red ones and tried last years and they ski pretty much the same, it's not a ski that lends itself to smearing around at low speed.  What you gain in top end stability, you typically loose in bottom end playfulness.

Will your Sin 7's fit the bill of family ski days?  Have you tried the Rossi E88, Nordica NRGY90 or any of the skis in the 90mm class with minimal metal?

 

I have ridden the Nordica NRGY 90's. I loved them, however, the store did not have them in a 169 - what I rode. I would have loved to have been able to put that demo cash towards a pair of them. A very solid all around and fun ski. However, I felt like the Brahmas could take a better beating. I may be in my 40's, but I'm still kinda rough on my gear. Do you know how they compare? I'll admit, I don't know much about Nordica as of late. The only Nordica gear I've ever owned was boots in the early 1990's. I hear great things about the Enforcer, don't know that it's for me though.

 

I haven't tried the E 88's - smallest they had was a 185, which is out of the question for me. I'm 5'4" @ 155l lbs.

 

My Sin 7's are 172's and the longest ski I've ever owned. No, I wouldn't really consider them footing the bill for family day. They are sketchy at best on gentle groomed runs. On steeper groomed runs they are ok, but wouldn't be my first choice. I wouldn't call them a "real" powder ski, but in my experience that's where they really shine. I've had them in boot deep stuff and they were fantastic.

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I demoed most skis in the ~90 mm range last year. 

 

In short:

Salomon X-Drive 8.8 TI - same strengths and weaknesses as the Brahma

2016 Völkl Kendo - same strengths and weaknesses as the Nrgy 90 (earlier models of the Kendo are more like the Brahma)

Experience 88 - heavy, felt dead and not at all responsive. Stable, but like concrete

Elan Amphibio XTI - stable and playful, but I overpowered it, or there was a dampening problem (crud really hurt my knees)

Head monster 88 - playful, but not the edge hold or stabillity that the Brahmas, Nrgys or Kendos have 

Atomic Vantage 90 CTI - no edge hold whatsoever, really a soft snow ski in my view. Same goes for the 100 CTI, Pinnacles and Sin 7

Fischer Motive 86 TI - great allrounder, easy to ski on lower speeds, but stable and powerful enough to put you foot down. More for finesse skiers than for power skiers I think. The 95 TI is more of a handful. Gets a lot of love here on Epi, but I found it dreadful in bumps and very heavy to ski (in same conditions as I tested all the other skis in).

 

I hope this helps.

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The Brahma is a really nice ski, but if I owned a Sin7 and was looking for a narrower ski to compliment it, I would look a touch narrower and a bit more 'frontside' optimized. The brahma, I feel, is a great choice for an east coast skier looking for a wider 'all-mountain' ski or as a compliment to a much wider soft snow ski... neither scenario describes you (unless I have misread what it is you want from this ski?)

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Than maybe the Salomon X-Drive 8.0 FS? great ski, almost same mx of the Brahma, but much more manageble on slower speeds (though it also wants to ski fast). Or you can wait around for the 2017 Fischer Pro Mountain 80 TI.

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Brahma as mentioned is very much like the older Kendos.....really come alive with speed and need to be driven to make the most of them.

If that's not what you are looking for, I'd look at something else to be honest.

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Brahma as mentioned is very much like the older Kendos.....really come alive with speed and need to be driven to make the most of them.

If that's not what you are looking for, I'd look at something else to be honest.

Thanks. A buddy has some in the length that I was looking for, and offered them up in exchange for swinging a hammer with him for a couple of weekends. It looks like it may not be what I'm looking for after all. I think I may start looking towards more dedicated frontside skis.

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