Power: A
Finesse: A
127.5/92/117
17m @180cm
164,172,180,188
1700g @ 180cm
$720

Blizzard Rustler 9

The fraternal relationship between Blizzard’s two All-Mountain East entries, the elder brother Brahma 88 and its upstart sibling, the Rustler 9, encapsulates the contrasting cast of characters that populate this crossroads category. While both skis belong to off-trail families, their personalities couldn’t be more different than, well, two brothers. Put in Realskiers’ terms, the Brahma 88 is a Power ski while the Rustler 9 is a Finesse ski. The Brahma 88’s best scores are for performance criteria like carving accuracy and stability at speed; its GPA drops off for comfort qualities like forgiveness and low-speed turning. The Rustler 9’s marks reveal a model with a high aptitude for off-trail conditions with a peppy personality that’s easy to get along with. It’s not that it’s bad at edging, it’s just doesn’t care for the regimented lifestyle of a carving ski. It prefers life off-trail where it has the freedom to smear every turn.

Full Review with test scores available on members’ site.

    Find this ski at the following Realskiers Test Centers

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

    http://www.peterglenn.com/

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

    http://tahoepowderhouse.com/

  • Start Haus
    10990 Donner Pass Rd.
    Truckee, CA 96161

    http://starthaus.com/

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

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

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