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Blizzard Titan Cronos IQ

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Me: Middle aged 6", 163 lbs, advanced, skied since age 4, like turning and tight spaces, currently starting racing lessons (believe it or not).

Ski: 173 cm, 88 wide, slight flip tail, wood sandwich with carbon beams set into the laminate and projecting above midsection topsheet to form a rail in which Marker 4-12 DIN binding sans piston can flex. Recently tuned to 1/2. Light, moderate flex ski with a powerful midsection/tail, felt like a damper Fischer. Skis long.

Conditions: Sugarbush over President's Day weekend, 4" of 24 hour old pow over hardpack on groomers, heavy settled pow in the woods. Cold (4-8 degrees and windy)

Was intrigued by difference between Epic's and Dawgcatching's reviews of this ski, found a friend of a friend who loaned me his for half day. He has a bigger boot, so I ended up about a cm forward of "normal" line, later found that was still 1 cm behind BOF.

These skis are amazing on groomers! Loved to carve GS turns at almost any speed, happy with high edge angles, and easily as much hold as a AC4/40, more than a iM82/88 or Mojo 90. Overall, felt like a wider, smoother, AMC 76. Not the train engine stability of a Head or Stockli, but still plenty smooth, not much upset by ripples or chunks at speed. Soon found myself knuckle dragging, not my expectation on skis this fat. But they seemed fairly sensitive to COM; get even a little backseat and the tips develop a mind of their own. I have a feeling that you'd want to experiment with the binding location, very easy with the track design and two holes.

Mixed bag in soft snow. Cut through chop and heavy cut snow with ease, but some tip deviation unless you held a high angle. Reminded me of Fischers or Dynastars in heavy crud; they won't fail you, just get banged a bit. Scarved easily, tail decent for smearing but not as much as you'd expect from the flip. OTOH, ate up bumps like a narrow twin; think pivot and they did. Really fun.

In tight woods with 6-10" of uneven heavy pow, tended to stay down in the snow, needed fairly aggressive unweighting to get around quickly. Probably just not enough float for the low speeds these trees demand. The few times I found wider spaces and slightly higher speeds, they behaved well, had a nice mix of stability and quickness. If I skied a lot of trees on these, I'd use the rear binding hole (about 2 cm back).

So IMO, these are the best 50/50 skis I've come across yet. They'd rock for everyday use in the east if it's snowed in the last week, might do nicely for a 70/30 western ski - the one you use when your 100+'s are waiting for the next storm.
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Mythological update

Discovered that I and Dawgcatching messed up the spelling (and thus derivation) of the ski: It's Cronus. Who was the youngest of the Titans, associated with harvests and natural chaos, overthrew Titan honcho Uranus by castrating him with a sickle. Not a good kid. Romans apparently thought better of him, recast Cronus as diety of seasons, all harvests, passing of time, foreshadowing Saturn. None of whom should be confused with Chronos, the overall cosmic spirit of time.

The overwhelming number of you reading this thread will be tested on Friday.
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I that the equivalent of an an endorsement of the virtues of the Cronos? I hope so as I am thinking about buying a pair! (BTW The one person I met here in the east who was on them, loves them)
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I skied with Epic last Wednesday during the peak of the storm cycle at Stowe, we swapped skis for a couple runs. I wanted epic to try the DPS Lotus 120, I was surprised by how well the cronus floated compared to the lotus... it wasn't as good, but it was darn good (it's 32mm narrower) and ridiculously quick edge to edge. I would not agree that they ski 'long' and I'd bet your lack of float was due to the short length of the ski, but that is simply my opinion.

I've got a few pair left at 40% off...
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I am sure they are great skis: both myself and Michael were on a pair that were SO bad that there had to be something wrong with them. I have never skied a Blizzard that was below par until then, as they always seem to make great skis, so I am sure that was it. I was in a hurry to get another pair and didn't check the tune, but I bet something was very wrong, seeing as how I loved the next pair, the Magnum 8.7, and also loved every pair of Blizzard carvers I have been on.
post #6 of 11
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Allan, definitely an endorsement. On my short list to buy. Whiteroom, "long" here meant that they were unexpectedly stable at speed on groomed or chop for a 173, felt longer. Agree that if I were to use them mostly for powder, I'd go the next length up. But if I were wanting a ski aimed at pow in eastern glades, I wouldn't buy a 181 Cronus anyway. I'd get something waay fatter and stay short. Like an Icelantic or Fatypus or the new Kuro.
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
Me: Middle aged 6", 163 lbs, advanced, skied since age 4, like turning and tight spaces, currently starting racing lessons (believe it or not).

Ski: 173 cm, 88 wide, slight flip tail, wood sandwich with carbon beams set into the laminate and projecting above midsection topsheet to form a rail in which Marker 4-12 DIN binding sans piston can flex. Recently tuned to 1/2. Light, moderate flex ski with a powerful midsection/tail, felt like a damper Fischer. Skis long.
My 100lb, 5'2" female friend really likes the 173cm Cronos and has no problem skiing it........:
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Well, guess that means she's more of a man than I am. Or Dawgcatching. :
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Her nickname is 'Butch'.
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
Her nickname is 'Butch'.
Hey, do you have any more of these? She skied them for a while at a demo and really wants to buy a pair.....good Killington ski. Fast, but with a reasonable sidecut, and manageable in the bumps and trees.
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I spoke with the Blizzard rep, and told him of my demo experience. He said "oh, you must have had the bent pair. They went out for the better part of 2 days before we discovered that both skis were bent at the tip". Whoops! My impression of the skis at the time were "gee, it almost feels like these skis have a bent tip!". Sorry if I dragged them through the mud, but hey, not my fault that the rep didn't catch the problem. He will let me try another pair in a couple of weeks.
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