It wasn’t long ago that Blizzard was a struggling brand: great race skis; no sense of fun. This year, it medaled in 10 categories. No ski better embodies the resurgence of the brand than the 8.7. It’s powered by IQ, the binding interface that launched the comeback, with its slop-free transmission of energy to the edge. On skis this wide, it’s a marvel. Testers ranked the 8.7 No. 3 in flotation and No. 2 in edge-grip. Neat trick. Are you listening, Easterners? “Felt like part of me,” said Lewis.
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