Blizzard Brahma 88
Why we chose the Blizzard Brahma 88: Powerful, damp, fun
Lengths (cm): 165, 171, 177, 183, 189
Sidecut (mm): 110 / 88 / 128 (177 cm)
Radius: 16m (177 cm)
Weight (per ski): 2,100g
It’s fair to say that the Blizzard Brahma is an absolute champ of a carving ski. How does it do this? Well, it’s largely thanks to a combination of a powerful construction and a narrow platform. These two factors work together to provide heaps of power and energy response, and make hard snow and groomed conditions an absolute blast. Let’s dive into exactly what makes the Brahma 88 such a joy to ski.
Who Is The Blizzard Brahma 88 For?
The Blizzard Brahma 88 is going to be ideal for skiers searching for a carving ski that’s also comfortable popping on and off the piste. The skis give you heaps of confidence through a range of conditions, while still staying true to their race-inspired spirit. Advanced – expert skiers will love the amount of energy return and bite the Brahmas offer up.
Selected for the 22/23 Mpora Ski 100. Check out our full Blizzard Brahma 88 Review here
Head Supershape e-Magnum Performance
Lengths (cm): 149, 156, 163, 170, 177
Sidecut (mm): 129 / 72 / 111 (163 cm)
Radius: 12m (163 cm)
Price: £615 / €850 / $900
Slightly more forgiving than, say, a high performance race ski, the Head Supershape e-Magnum is designed for skiers looking for a ski that’s able to smooth tricky snow conditions. This chatter-free ride is large thanks to Head’s all-new EMC (Energy Management Circuit) technology.
EMC absorbs vibrations, and reduces unwanted tip chatter, by featuring ceramic plates on the tips and tails. These plates then turn the vibrations into electrical energy as a way to filter them out. It may sound like some sort of Nikola Tesla creation, but EMC really is some useful carving ski tech.
The shape and rocker profile of the Supershape e-Magnum has been sculpted to complement this smooth-as-a-Cadillac ride. Featuring Head’s ERA 3.0 S, the tip rocker has been tuned to work in harmony with the dampening materials found within the ski to provide far less tip chatter than you’d usually see on a rockered tip.
Volkl Deacon 84
Lengths (cm): 162, 167, 172, 177, 182
Sidecut (mm): 132 / 84 / 115 (172 cm)
Radius: 14 – 23m (172 cm)
Price: £785 / €920 / $850
Coming with a waist width of 84 mm, all-mountain skiing is the name of the game with the Volkl Deacon 84 – this carving ski is more than capable of taking on everything from early morning freshies to late afternoon ice.
The Deacon 84 utilises Volkl’s Titanal Frame, a powerful metal layer found within many of Volkl’s best known skis, to provide a powerful (yet remarkably lightweight) ride. The ski also comes with a full sidewall that wraps the entire length of the ski, while tip and tail rocker is used to work in conjunction with the 84 mm waist to provide flotation when needed.