Power: A+
Finesse: A+
124/92/114
14m @ 164cm
148,156,164,172
1500g @ 164cm
$660

Blizzard Sheeva 9

Both the Sheeva 9 and the Black Pearl 88 are descendants of a line of off-trail parents; the template for the Pearl was the Brahma, the little brother of the mighty Cochise and Bodacious; the model for the Sheeva 9 was the Rustler 9, a spin-off of the Rustler 10 and 11. To better understand the nuances that distinguish the Pearl 88 from the Sheeva 9, it helps to understand the families they come from. Distilled to its essence, the Pearl 88 has a smidgeon more aptitude for hard-snow skiing. Its Flipcore construction allows the forebody to join the rest of the ski on edge once it’s tipped and pressured, so the skier has the sense of riding the entire ski and not just a section of it. The front of the Sheeva 9 is made to be looser, to intentionally forego early connection to a fully carved turn. That it still feels solid throughout is a testament to the security imparted by a trimmed down top laminate of Titanal. In light of its overall gentle nature and bias for off-road conditions, the Sheeva 9 is an ideal set of training wheels for the gal who is ready to get off groomers. Supple enough to slither through bumps and agile enough to dart through trees, the Sheeva 9 can give an off-trail newbie the confidence to try it all.

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    Find this ski at the following Realskiers Test Centers

  • BOOT DOCTORS
    650 MOUNTAIN VILLAGE BLVD
    TELLURIDE, CO 81435

    http://bootdoctors.com

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

    http://tahoepowderhouse.com/

  • 11410 Deerfield Dr. Truckee, CA 961671

    www.starthaus.com

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

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

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