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blizzard brahma skis

By – December 15, 2013

Blizzard Brahma Skis Product Review

The Blizzard Flip-Core line of skis was booming, but it was missing the happy medium in all-mountain versatility. Fortunately, the new Brahma model alleviates that gap. Prior to the Brahma, Blizzard’s signature Flip-Core rocker offerings were the Bushwhacker (88mm underfoot, no metal, wood core) or the Bonafide (98mm underfoot, full metal, wood core). The Bushwhacker is a great ski that specializes in quick turning, but it can be too soft for some skiers. The Bonafide, on the other hand, was a stiff ski that was a little too wide for some skiers.

The release of the Brahma model successfully blends the best of both worlds in regards to stiffness and width. It has identical dimensions to the Bushwhacker, but with metal in its core, creating a perfect mashup of Bushwhacker and Bonafide.

The final result is excellent, as the Brahma is a highly versatile ski that performs well at high speeds and in many conditions. On groomed runs, the skis hold a very solid edge while carving. The 3mm of camber underfoot creates power that allows you rebound from turn to turn and adds stability at high speeds. The rocker in the tip and the tail enables easy  carving thanks to having more edge biting into the snow.

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Brahma is On The Snow’s Editor’s Choice for 2014

As an all-mountain ski, the main concern for the Brahma would be its performance on un-groomed trails. In soft and choppy snow the Brahma maintains its stability, leaving you with the confidence to attempt different terrains. The skis handle bumps, moguls and glades with ease, resulting in a great multi-dimensional ski.

In essence the Brahma was designed to fill a gap in Blizzard merchandise, but they had already experienced prior success with their other models, so they didn’t want to change what worked. The Brahma simply adds another dimension to Blizzard’s Flip-Core series by combining the best elements of their previous skis. The result is a great all-mountain ski for riders who are looking for a stiff ski with a narrow waist. Its versatility gives you the confidence you need for either skiing down groomed trails or exploring un-groomed runs. Check out the Blizzard Brahma skis for yourself

+Duane Allen

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  1. robert says:

    Im 5’9″ 190lbs advanced intermediate skier. Ski about 30 days a year with about 20 of the time being in the hills of MN, the other out west. Im torn between 173 or 180 length. After reading a plethora of reviews, talking to several ki shops its about 50/50. Those advocating the 180 say so because they ski about 5cm shorter and the 173 would be way to short. Those advocating 173 do so b/c tthe length is more in tune with my height and where i do most my skiing.

    Since I’m looking for a ski that will still be above average in the west and/or east for the yearly trip(s) i didn’t want a ski that would be too much for the midwest (~350ft of vertical on avg). Given the research I’ve done online and at local shops it seems like the 173 (height wise is more appropriate) vs 180 ( weight-wise more appropriate) would be a better compromise. The 173 would provide better maneuverability in the conditions i ski most here and out east and appropriate maneuverability out west due to the shorter size w/o getting too agressive, while still give me enough stability due to the stiffness of this ski, 173, but not on the top end like the 180 might.

    Im not a really agressive skier, but everytime i do go west do get into harder terrain, learning bumps, etc. i also ike pushing it a bit on open groomers, but not my main focus while out west.

    Being that the vast majority of my skiing will be in MN and this will be my one ski quiver not sure if the 180 would be too much ski.

    I have read some say the brahma skis more tru to lenght and per most charts im in the 175 range, but given the brahma might ski bit shorter will i be giving up what rhe ski should be by going with 173 vs 180, or since it is a stiffer ski the ‘sking shorter’ would benefit in MN but when out west and putting more umph on the ski it would be more adequate to my height and weight?

    Thank you very much in advance

    • The Ski Bum says:

      From all that you say here and that you mostly ski in MN, I would suggest the 173. If you find yourself out West and the conditions warrant(powder day) a longer/wider ski you can rent one for the day. The 180 takes more effort/terrain and on those smaller mtns in MN you don’t have the terrain that would require a 180.

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