Blizzard IQon 7900 Magnum (2008)
Predictably, the second-widest ski in the category took readily to Utah’s soft snow. Though fatter, the IQon shares a similar no-nonsense laminate construction with Blizzard’s CMX Pro (AME Speed)—including the slop-free IQ interface. But Blizzard lightens the IQon, replacing a sheet of metal with fiberglass, making it noticeably more forgiving. Testers still liked its performance in long arcs best. "Utterly effortless," said Hogen. "You can’t miss an edge-set if you try."
Soft snow, relaxed cruising.
Energetic slalom turns at speed.
|Lengths||158, 165, 172, 179|
|Rating: Powder Performance||3.09 / 5|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.08 / 5|
|Rating: Long Turns||3.22 / 5|
|Rating: Medium Turns||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Short Turns||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.33 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.09 / 5|
|Rating: Corduroy Performance||3.15 / 5|
|Rating: Moguls Performance||2.99 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Quickness/Bumps||3.23 / 5|