Blizzard IQon 8400 (2008)
Wider skis usually sacrifice edge-grip. Not the 8400, which, despite an 84-mm waist, topped the category for Hard-Snow Grip. That’s a testament to Blizzard’s unique IQ binding interface, which grips the binding tightly to the ski in a seamless, slop-free connection. The result is a system that instantly transmits skier input to the edge. Sturdy wood-core construction and two sheets of metal give it a pleasing heft. "Very responsive and flexible," said Rifkin.
Technicians, who’ll appreciate its accuracy.
The cautious. Works best at top speed.
|Lengths||160, 167, 174, 181|
|Rating: Powder Performance||3.62 / 5|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.59 / 5|
|Rating: Long Turns||3.67 / 5|
|Rating: Medium Turns||3.37 / 5|
|Rating: Short Turns||3.06 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.11 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.78 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.62 / 5|
|Rating: Corduroy Performance||3.63 / 5|
|Rating: Moguls Performance||2.93 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||3.15 / 5|
|Rating: Quickness/Bumps||3.08 / 5|