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Blizzard Brahma

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Blizzard Brahma Freeride ski-test


Length (cm): 166, 173, 180, 187
Sidecut (mm): 123 - 88 -110
Radius @180cm length (m): 19.0


Terrain: 40% piste - 60% off-piste
Discipline: freeride all-mountain
Skier level: intermediate - advanced
Stability: medium
Edge switch: good
Profile: tip rocker - camber - tail rocker

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Freeride ski Blizzard Brahma 2018

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Gijs' review: Intermediate freeride skier

Intermediate level freeride
skier Gijs' rating of this ski:

3 stars

 Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Gijs

"I am just starting to explore the freeride ski category, so at the moment hard to say what kind of freerider I am. That will soon be more clear :)."

 SkillsLevel 6
 FitnessLevel 7
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:182 cm
 Weight:85 kg


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For the heavy few

The Blizzard Brahma (I tested the 180 cm length) is a beast. It claws to ice and powers through powder like no other ski I have been on. The Brahma is the most stable and solid ski in its class. But it is not playful, nor is it forgiving. And therein lies the Blizzard Brahma's biggest limitation: most skiers will not be strong, heavy or fit enough to ski it for an entire day. It has been very popular and has been given quite a few rewards. But I suspect those are all based on just one or two runs.

Brahma the creator?

The Destroyer would be a more appropriate name for the Blizzard Brahma. It does not just eat up anything you throw at it, it will consume your legs as well, if you are not careful and constantly on top of them. The danger with these rewards being awarded based on consolidated ski tests conducted by expert skiers, is that also mere mortals buy them and ski them. Not only do they destroy your knees if you are not able to control them; you will be a danger for others too. Especially on the carvy blues where most beginners are and where these Brahmas will push you to sometimes uncontrollable speeds. These skis are for the heavy weights, literally and figuratively.

Blizzard about the Brahma

"The Brahma is the go-to ski on days when cold temps and dry spells make for firm snow conditions. At 88mm underfoot, the Brahma is a narrower version of the award-winning Bonafide, and it makes those tooth-rattling hard-snow days fun. Roll them over on groomers thanks to Brahma's camber underfoot bookended by rocker in the tip and tail. Have fun carving turns on ice, blasting through crud or floating on fresh because of Flipcore technology. You'll be linking turns on this quick, responsive ski all season.", says Blizzard. Quick linking turns? Not quite. Mach speeds? Definitely.

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# Douglas 2015-09-28 15:19
I enjoy your reviews and appreciate them, but to get a better feel and comparison for the reviews, it would very beneficial if you were to do two things:
1) The reviewers weight......and specified if is when geared up or in street attire.
2) The manufactures stated length for the ski/s that the tester actually skied.

These two factors are so important.

Thank you very much for your time.
# Yellow Gentian 2015-10-02 09:20
Hi Douglas,
Thanks for the useful comments, that helps us to further improve the reviews!

1. Weight of Alex: 78kg at 181cm, both without uniform on. That can be found on his profilepage but we might have to mention it as well on the reviewpage.
2. We both had the 180cm Blizzard Brahma on our test. We'll start mentioning it in all the new reviews to come.

Hope you'll have a great winter and don't hesitate to give any further comments,
# HS 2018-02-25 16:43
Ski them shorter. I hired a pair of these, previous year’s model, in Les Menuires for three days skiing on mainly soft piste and cruddy offpiste just off the piste markers, and absolutely loved them. They could get dangerously fast on curvy blues, agreed, and they had less grip than I would have liked on very hard piste unless you were going really fast, but the turn initiation was brilliant and they felt really stable on everything. Skiing a length of 173,I think, and I weigh just over 80kg, so I would have gone for longer ones if I had had the choice, but reading the above reviews I am glad I didn’t. But absolutely no problem with knees after three days quick skiing all over the three valleys.
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