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)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Weight (per ski): 2,100g
When it comes to making a pair of metal laminate, traditionally mounted directional skis, it’s fair to say that, more often than not, Austrian-based Blizzard comes out top trumps. Their Cochise could easily be seen as a class-defining freeride all-mountain ski, while these, the Blizzard Brahma 88, absolutely boss the sub-90 mm all-mountain category.
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.
Blizzard Brahma Build
Sitting at the heart of the Brahma is Blizzard’s new and updated True Blend woodcore. This core construction is made up from three different densities of wood that have been laminated longitudinally together. Blizzard has mixed up the blend of the three different densities of wood to optimise flex and stiffness exactly where it’s needed.
In the case of the Brahmas, the True Blend core features a softer flex towards the tips and tails to give easier turn initiation. This allows the tails to be released easily. There’s also a medium flex zone in front of and behind before the stiffness fully ramps up underfoot. Strong torsional and longitudinal rigidity, in the right zones, helps to deliver edge grip and stability.