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Blizzard Rustler 11

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Freeride ski test Blizzard Rustler 11 2018


Length (cm): 166, 172, 180, 188, 192
Sidecut @188cm (mm): 142-114-131
Radius @188cm (m): 23


Terrain: 30% piste - 70% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Skier level: advanced - expert
Stability at speed: excellent
Edge hold: average for width
Floatation: average for width
Profile: rocker - camber - rocker
Weight: not stated

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Freeride ski Blizzard Rustler 11 2018

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Craig's review: Advanced freeride skier

Advanced freeride skier
Craig's rating of this ski:

4 stars

Considering his skiers profile:

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Reviewer Craig

"Powder bump runs with numerous face shots, creamy untracked pow turns, and even huge carve turns on empty groomed runs at the beginning of the day are my favorite. I am not a high speed skier."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 9
 SpeedLevel 7
 Length:185 cm6'1"
 Weight:82 kg180 lbs


My favourite freeride skis:

1. Blizzard BonafideFreeride ski Blizzard Bonafide 2017


2. Kästle BMX105
Freeride ski Kästle BMX105


3. Liberty Genome
Freeride ski Liberty Genome 2015


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Stability at speed

Technical data was limited at the time of this review.
The Blizzard Rustler 11 uses a partial length tapered titanal laminate (which protrudes on the top sheet), extending in front, and behind the binding area, which is probably responsible for this skis stability at speed. I found a familiar damp, yet lively and quick feel to this ski, that my Blizzard Bonafide also possesses. This is different from this years Blizzard Cochise, which is damp, but had slow edge change, and felt planky. Like the Bonafide, the Rustler 11 favors a forward to neutral stance.
I was told by the rep, that the laminate in the Rustler 11 is a mixture of woods, including beech, and poplar. The flex is medium-soft, with a stiffer mid section.


This 114mm underfoot ski makes very good carve turns at all radius, but is reluctant to release the carve during high edge angles, giving it a advanced-expert skier rating. I believe with proper tuning, (probably slight detuning of the tail) it would resolve this skis reluctance to release its edge, increase its rating to 5 star, and bump up its rating in the "POWDER SKI REVIEW". It does offer very good stability in cut up terrain, and at speed. The Blizzard Rustler 11 is well suited to the higher speed straight line skier.


The Rustler 11's performance in soft bumps is quite good for this width ski, even in firmer bumps.


I would give the Blizzard Rustler 11 average flotation for this width, and it's stability should provide additional security in cut up, and variable conditions. If you like the feel of the Bonafide in the approximate 100mm underfoot category, this ski will make a great compliment to your quiver, when things start to get deep.

Bllizzard about the Rustler 11

"BLIZZARD SKIERS ALL OVER THE WORLD, FROM FREERIDE WORLD TOUR CHAMPION LEO SLEMETT TO EVERYDAY FUN SEEKERS, ARE NOW REACHING FOR THE ALL-NEW RUSTLER 11 AS THEIR GO TO SKI OF CHOICE. Carbon Flipcore D.R.T. construction gives them something that is hard to find these days - a playful and forgiving ski that still allows them to shred with confidence and power. Founded on an innovative waist concept: the longer the ski, the wider the waist the Rustler 11 is specifically designed for the individuals needs. More float, more fun on any terrain, in any conditions. Free to Fun.", says Blizzard.

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