Blizzard Power X8 Ski Test Results 2016 Review

September 16, 2015
Blizzard Power X8 Ski Test Results 2016
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
89
Edge Hold
9
Responsiveness
8
Turn Shape Variability
7
Stability
9
Carving Pleasure
8
Value
8

The Good

  • Explosively powerful
  • Endless grip
  • Very stable
  • Lots of pop
  • Awesome at mid to long range turns

The Bad

  • Lots of work to make shorter turns
  • Not as exciting at moderate speeds
  • Needs to be driven
THE VERDICT

Blizzard makes excellent skis for skiers who love to make crisp, high-powered, medium to long range turns while moving quickly down the mountain. The Power X8 is a perfect example of that capability.

FULL REVIEW

With the widest waist widths in the Frontside category (81mm), a couple millimeters of early rise in the tip, and two sheets of titanal around a full wood core, Blizzard’s Power X8 is remarkably powerful, versatile, energetic ski. It likes to charge the fall-line, make wildly exciting medium to long range turns, and lay its edges into the hardpack with a vise-like hold. When testers stepped into this ski it was like they stuck a ski pole into the socket and started skiing with their hair on fire. Definitely a high-powered board.

If you don’t want that kind of frozen liquid lightning of a ski, the Elan Amphibio, Scott Majic and Salomon X-Max will provide better short swing turns and more effortless initiation. But if you want to ride a thoroughbred with a little bit of bronco attitude, this IS the ski for you.

 


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$1,080.00
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