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2017 Blizzard Brahma Review

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Just finished up a review on the new Brahma!  You can find it here on EpicSki in the article section as well as on our Chairlift Chat blog.  We had a lot of fun on them!  We definitely think it's an improvement upon the original Brahma.  The same changes that were made to the Bonafide were given to the Brahma and it's had a similar effect on performance.   Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Been waiting on the 2017 Brahma reviews.....Thanks!

 

Would you say the new carbon Brahma is more 'user-friendly',  less user-friendly or no different than the non-carbon versions?

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Originally Posted by Mallet21 View Post
 

Been waiting on the 2017 Brahma reviews.....Thanks!

 

Would you say the new carbon Brahma is more 'user-friendly',  less user-friendly or no different than the non-carbon versions?

 

Yes, definitely more user-friendly.  The carbon portions, especially in the tip, definitely provide a little more forgiveness.  I'm the small one I refer to in the review who felt like the 187 was way too big (I'm also the one skiing in the video), and was surprised and impressed by how easily manageable it was.  If I was picking up a pair for myself, I would go with 180 for sure, but the fact that I could ski the 187 relatively well I think sheds light on its "user-friendliness".

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Demo'ed the 2016s last year in a 187, but felt like a 180 would have been fine, even at 6'3" / 200. Was just going to buy them in 180 -- any reason to reconsider sizing given the 2017 tweaks?
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Thanks for this.
Would you say this is aimed at low, mid, or high intermediates?
Thanks,
LB
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Demo'ed the 2016s last year in a 187, but felt like a 180 would have been fine, even at 6'3" / 200. Was just going to buy them in 180 -- any reason to reconsider sizing given the 2017 tweaks?

 

When you skied the 2016 187cm did you find it to be too much ski?  Or did you want them to be quicker?  The reduced swing weight and slightly more supple tip and tail on the new version certainly make it easier to ski the longer lengths.

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Thanks for this.
Would you say this is aimed at low, mid, or high intermediates?
Thanks,
LB

 

To get the most out of the Brahma I would recommend to at least have carving turns down pretty well.  For someone who is a low-intermediate, or even a less aggressive mid-intermediate, it's really going to hinder progression to get a ski with this much metal in it.  Unless that skier is quite heavy.

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When you skied the 2016 187cm did you find it to be too much ski?  Or did you want them to be quicker?  The reduced swing weight and slightly more supple tip and tail on the new version certainly make it easier to ski the longer lengths.

Oh I found it to be awesome. As they say, it took all I could dish out, but was surprisingly tame when need be. Just was looking for a slightly shorter carving radius.
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Oh I found it to be awesome. As they say, it took all I could dish out, but was surprisingly tame when need be. Just was looking for a slightly shorter carving radius.

 

Instead of going with a shorter length Brahma you might be happier going with a completely different ski with a shorter turn radius.  Just a thought.  A Quattro RX, for example, would give you a shorter carving turn radius. 

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I skied on 2015-16 Brahma last season in 173cm length (April, 3 days, Whistler).  I enjoyed them more than the other skis I tried:

 

1) Atomic Vantage 90 CTI (not sure of length) (skied these at Deer Valley 3 days December)

 

2) K2 Amp Rictor 90 xti; guessing lengths of 184 and 177 (I preferred the shorter pair - skied 184 for 2 days (Breck) and 177 for 6 days(PCMR, Deer Valley) in February)

 

The Brahma seemed more playful than the other skis.  In general, they seemed more interesting to ski.  They were great in moguls and soft snow.  I had trouble with them on frozen groomers.  I had trouble with all skis on frozen stuff, so it is likely a technique issue (never liked ice).  The Brahma were fun in bumps and cut well through crud and chopped snow.  No issues at all in spring conditions.

 

The Rictor were OK and better than the Vantage.  They were just boring compared to the Brahma.  

 

I am 215 lbs, 6'0 tall, mid 30s and pretty athletic.  Advanced, aspiring expert skier.  120 flex Lange SX boots.  I am wondering what other skis I should try this coming season?  I don't tend to ski very fast, but I do like to carve and play in the bumps especially when the snow is soft.  The Brahma did like to go fast when I let it run.  But I don't typically ski fast since I ski at big resorts and often in crowded areas.

 

I do plan on trying Brahma again, except a bit longer at 180.  But if the shops don't have them for demo, what should I rent instead?  I plan on going to Vail in early December and also in early January.

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