Blizzard Brahma (2014)
Finally Easterners get a freeride Blizzard to call their own. And they don't have to feel it's a second-rate version of the bigger bulls. The Brahma is built just like the Bonafide, Cochise, and Bodacious, only narrower. Sure, it's cheaper - but also quicker, more intuitive, maybe even the best bull yet. Testers said it has an edge that's easy to find, stand on, and get off of. With its fore-aft rocker and low camber underfoot, it crushes with confidence, even for our big guys. Skis that stomp like this usually aren't so comfortable. Fun, substantial and reliable. Casey: "Clean and precise; effortless round turns."
The 88-mm Brahma is the least-expensive model of Blizzard's Free Mountain series (see Bodacious, Cochise, Bonafide). But it's identical in construction to the others - the price savings are strictly a result of its being narrower, which also makes it quicker and carvier than the fatter bulls in the series. Blizzard's Full Rocker profile, in this case, combines a cambered section under the binding with rocker fore and aft. (Same as the Bodacious, while the fatter models in the series are zero-camber underfoot.) All Free Mountain skis are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. The Brahma is a metal-reinforced (two sheets), wood-core construction with vertical sidewalls, built for maximum stability and edge-grip. Each ski in the successful "bull" series is named for a different legendary bull on the professional rodeo circuit. All Blizzard skis are built in the company's Mittersill, Austria, factory headquarters, near Kitzbuhel and the Kitzsteinhorn.
|Level||Advanced, Expert, Hi-Expert|
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||166, 173, 180, 187|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.25 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.46 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.26 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.28 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.38 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||2.75 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.23 / 5|