Why we chose the Black Pearl 88: Well-rounded, versatile, accessible.
Lengths (cm): 147, 153, 159, 165, 171, 173cm
Sidecut (mm): 128 / 88 / 110 (165 cm)
Radius: 11 – 16m (14m @ 165cm)
Rocker Profile: Tip rocker and camber
Weight (per ski): 1450g
Price: £500 / €550 / $650
You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 as an all-mountain ski. While they’re not a dedicated off piste ski, if you do find yourself following your crew into some fresh lines, we’ve always found the Black Pearl will have our back no matter what the conditions.
For the 2021 – 2022 winter season, Blizzard has brought in design tweaks from their Women2Women programme, while also expanding the range with 6 different lengths available. The Black Pearl 88 sits the middle width of the Black Pearl range and, for that reason, is the most versatile of the three, sitting between the Black Pearl 78 and 98.
The addition of more lengths – from 147cm to 173cm – means you won’t find yourself sitting between two sizes. With the new Blizzard True Blend construction, the bigger the ski the slightly stiffer it gets, meaning the shorter lengths will be more appealing to the smaller less aggressive skiers, but the bigger lengths can hold their own for physically stronger or more advanced skiers.
The Black Pearl has a similar make up to the Freeride Sheeva range, with strong camber underfoot and a rockered tip, the only difference being a slightly flatter tail and narrower sidecut. This makes the ski versatile, with a softer flex in the tip and tail and a firmer flex in the centre, for a mix of power and forgiveness exactly where you want it.