Power: A
Finesse: B+
121/82/105 g
17m @ 173cm
152,159,166,173
TK
$600

Blizzard Black Pearl 82

At a scant 4mm wider in the waist than the Black Pearl 78, the new 82 shares a lot of its attributes, including a somewhat surprising preference for the consistency of groomed runs over the anything-goes conditions encountered off-trail. Perry Schaffner, like her dad Jim an archetype of racing power and efficiency, filed this report after a couple of turns on the dance floor with the Black Pearl 82: “The Blizzard Black Pearl in a 173cm length was really great on freshly groomed snow. I can make both large- and short-radius turns very easily and carve while carrying good speed if I want it, but I also have the ability to slow myself down. When I skied off the groomed run into some of the skied-out powder from yesterday it felt like it didn’t perform quite as well as I got bucked around a bit, so I would definitely say you could go in all conditions but it’s probably better to stick towards groom surfaces, especially with the longer length I skied.” Bear in mind that Perry can load the Black Pearl 82 just looking at it, and the pace at which she felt “bucked around a bit” would win a skiercross. For skiers who don’t have Perry’s power, the Black Pearl 82 feels just right.

Full Review with test scores available on members’ site.

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    LEWIS CENTER, OH 43035

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    475 EAST MOANA LANE
    RENO, NV 89502

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  • BOOT DOCTORS
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    TELLURIDE, CO 81435

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    MAMMOTH LAKES, CA 93546

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  • Peter Glenn Ski & Sports
    2901 W. Oakland Pk. Blvd.
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311

    http://www.peterglenn.com/

  • Pierce Skate & Ski
    208 West 98th St.
    Bloomington, MN 55420

    http://www.pierceskateandski.com/

  • Sturtevant's of Sun Valley
    340 North Main
    Ketchum, ID 83340

    http://sturtevants-sv.com/sturtevants-sun-valley/

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

    http://www.willisSkiAndBoard.com

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