Blizzard Rustler 10 2019 – 2020 Ski | Review

The Blizzard Rustler 10 is the go-to ski for the playful freerider in you

Lengths (cm): 164, 172, 180 & 188
Sidecut (mm): 133 / 102 / 122 (180cm)
Radius: 17.5m (180cm)
Rocker Profile: Rocker-Camber-Rocker
Camber Underfoot: 3mm
Weight (per ski): 1800g (180cm)
Price: £549


Why we chose the Blizzard Rustler 10: Hard charging playful goodness.

Look at the podiums of many of the Freeride World Tour events of 2019 and you’ll frequently see a pair of Blizzard planks being thrusted into the air. The brand has become synonymous with the skiers who are able to charge their way to the top rankings of the FWT.

To help get skiers onto the podium of the Freeride World Tour, you have to make some of the finest freeride skis in the game. And with an athlete roster that includes the likes of Leo Slemett and Eva Walkner, it’s no wonder they’re so frequently seen claiming the top spots.

“You’ll frequently see a pair of Blizzard planks being thrusted into the air”

This, the Blizzard Rustler 10 includes many of the features found on the skis ridden by these athletes and brings it down into a narrower, 102 mm, more all-mountain focused package.

In doing so, Blizzard has created an exceptionally smooth ride and a ski that can take on a wide range of conditions thanks to its rocker-camber-rocker profile.

First thing to note about the Rustler 10 is the use of the now classic Flipcore technology that has long been featured on Blizzard skis. Carbon Flipcore DRT has been used on the Rustler 10, which incorporates a piece of Titanal stretching almost the full length of the ski – before softening at the tip and tail.

Rather than using heavy Titanal metal right at the tips and tails of the skis, Blizzard has gone for unidirectional carbon fibre (similar to what’s used in the full length of the Zero G 95) in the tip and tail.

This gives the Rustler 10 an extremely lightweight swing weight and that slight increase in softness in the tips and tails gives the Blizzard Rustler 10 a little more of a playful feel to it, compared to say, the Faction Dictator 3.0.

“The Rustler 10 has incorporated a nice bit of rocker in the tail”

Talking about playfulness, the Rustler 10 has incorporated a nice bit of rocker in the tail – giving it that easy release out of turns, compared to that of say, the locked in feeling of the classic Bonafide. This looseness makes for a much more versatile range of turn shapes to be made whilst skiing.

Didn’t fancy the hard charging, buckle-up, ride of the Faction Dictator 3.0? The Rustler 10 has been given an all new detune to make it much more forgiving around a huge range of terrain and conditions.

Pair the Rustler 10 up with a Kingpin, Shift or Adrenalin, step into a pair of Head Kore 1s, or Atomic Hawx Ultra XTDs and you’ve got yourself a contender for a single ski quiver for those of us that don’t mind carrying that big of extra weight for extra fun on the downhill.

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