Power: A+
Finesse: A
115/78/100
15m @ 156cm
151,156,163,170
1350g
$480

Blizzard Black Pearl 78

The position of the Black Pearl 78 in our test over the last two seasons has to be the most anomalous in the entire test. The Frontside category is supposed to the province of dedicated carvers, skis with extravagant sidecuts, shock-sucking interfaces and elevated binding systems. How did this flat, plain Jane with a shallow, off-trail shape and double rockered baseline not only end up in this den of carvers, but leading it in Power points? One possible answer is the Black Pearl 78 actually is the best carving tool in the Frontside drawer. Its test scores, which admittedly can be misleading, lead the large field in early turn entry, continuous, accurate carving and short-radius turns. That’s a tough trifecta to simply dismiss as anecdotal. Hell, all scores are anecdotal, but we wouldn’t use them if they didn’t tend to accurately reflect behavior. One stat we don’t capture – because it doesn’t exist – is holding power per ounce, or grip per gram. The 1350g Black Pearl 78 would lap the field. Its relatively tiny, 78mm waist helps it move nimbly edge to edge whether it’s decorating groomers with twin rail tracks or threading through tortuous troughs, the skinniest Pearl in Blizzard’s oyster bed stands out for its ease and accessibility.

Full Review with test scores available on members’ site.

    Find this ski at the following Realskiers Test Centers

  • ASPEN SKI & BOARD CO.
    1170 E. POWELL RD.
    LEWIS CENTER, OH 43035

    https://www.aspenskiandboard.com/

  • BOBO'S MOGUL MOUSE
    475 EAST MOANA LANE
    RENO, NV 89502

    http://www.bobos.com/

  • FOOTLOOSE SPORTS
    3043 MAIN ST.
    MAMMOTH LAKES, CA 93546

    http://www.footloosesports.com/

  • Powder House Ski & Board
    4045 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

    http://tahoepowderhouse.com/

  • Willi's Ski and Board
    3738 Liberty Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15234

    http://www.willisSkiAndBoard.com

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