The Brahma has been a benchmark mid-width ski for a while, with the proviso that you needed to give it a bit of a prod to make it turn. Blizzard previously acknowledged this by making the same ski with no metal – the Bushwacker. Now, there’s a revised core with a softened and lightened tip and tail, a sharper sidecut for faster turning and reduced rocker allowing more good ‘ol poppy camber.
It really has turned a very punchy, not so turny blaster into a far more useable hooner with a chunk of added playfulness.
Lee sees the revised Brahma appealing to a whole new group of skiers: “A great ski for the advancing intermediate looking for a versatile all-mountain ski to carve the piste but who wants to venture off-piste. You can tell it’s denser underfoot and filters out at tip and tail. This lets it track really well and gives smooth, easy turn initiation with a relaxed tail shape that will smoothly let go at the end of a turn.”
Dickie is a paid-up convert to the sub-90mm-underfoot club: “It’s the perfect width to do everything. The new core and a little less rocker in the nose has given a very stable, powerful all-mountain ski a new spring in its step. It pops around where before it had to be worked harder, and has a sense of fun rather than the deep, serious engagement you needed before. The grip remains intense and consistent but you can now carve shorter turns with added bounce across softer snow. Personally, I love the width and shape – it gives real grip and control in every sort of snow.”
A far more useable hooner with a chunk of added playfulness.
- Blizzard Brahma 88
- 165, 171, 177, 183, 189
- 16m @ 177
- 128-88-110 @ 177
- Weight per ski
- 2100g @ 177