For skiers who get around.
For skiers who go both ways, both East and West, Blizzard gives you the Brahma Ski, a mid-fat all-mountain ski that gets around with the best of them. The Flipcore Natural rockered construction means that the ski is actually made upside- down in the mold so the downward-facing convex side forms the natural rocker, without having to bend or artificially shape the ski in a press. The result is incredible natural spring and lightweight floatation in powder, while retaining the excellent stability and even pressure distribution that you need on the firmer stuff. A super-friendly 88-millimeter waist and a wood core pleases both coasts, with stable and smooth motoring. Sandwich-sidewall construction puts the power on the edges for serious East-coast carving and techy billy-goating in the Rockies. A metal sheet keeps down the vibration, because no matter where you go you're going fast.
This is the skinniest of the fat Free Mountain series from Blizzard.
- Flipcore Natural rockered profile
- Slight camber underfoot
- Sandwich construction
- Wood core
- 2.5-layer metal laminate
- 88-millimeter waist
- Medium sidecut radius
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Outstanding, carvable telemark ski
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Was looking to replace my 2008 K2 Work Stinx 181s, my previous versatile, all-around tele ski. Mounted these in the 180 length with 22 Designs Vice bindings (previous bindings on Work Stinx).
Compared with the Work Stinx, the edge hold on these is noticeably better (metal sheets) and faster edge to edge. A bit less forgiving than the Work Stinx but more precise (no chatter) and better overall control. SUPERB ski on moguls and compact turns. Great overall telemark ski for the East.
Very fun versatile powerful narrower ski
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This review also goes for the Bushwacker. I demoed a Bushwacker and Brahma back to back but not extensively. I own a Kabookie and skied many days on a Bonafide. I love them both but the Bushwhacker was just more FUN. In a mogul field the Bushwacker was a blast. Zipped down with ease, very pivoty, light, quick, predictable and easy to stay in control. Brahma was smoother, more damp, heavier and in comparison to the Bushwacker a little lifeless in the bumps. On hard pack the Brahma takes over for higher speeds, more dampening of the terrain, and just more power. Exactly the differences between Kabookie and Bonafide in my opinion.
If you want a light, quick, snappy, energetic, and a better performer in a mogul field go Bushwacker. On the other hand for the guys that like more horsepower in a full metal jacket that is still extremely versatile and quick even with the metal in it go Brahma. I could honestly own them both and have a blast depending where I was spending most of my day.
Looking to grab a pair of these before the...
Looking to grab a pair of these before the season ends. I'm an intermediate-advanced skier, 5'8" and 148lbs. I'm leaning toward 173cm. Does that sound about right?
Yes. Fun ski and a great graphic this year.
Im 6 ft 172 experienced skier what...
Im 6 ft 172 experienced skier what the recommended length?
Can you recommend bindings to suit?
I'm 6'1" and 178lbs and I have skied both the Brahma and the non metal version called the Bushwacker in 180cm length and wouldn't want anything different. I do spend a lot of time in a mogul field and always feel if you go to long it takes away some of the fun out of the ski. Some heavier guys above 200lbs would like the 187cm ski but not me. Brahma is a pretty burly ski with all the metal and it can get a little heavy in that long length. If you are going for more deep snow performance and are heavier then consider the 187cm but the most popular size is the 180cm.
I would choose a Marker Griffon 90. Comes in a white or a black color depending how you want it to match the ski. Or I also like the new Salomon STH 2 WTR 13 in the BRIGHT GREEN would look great on that ski. It also comes in a grey and white.
Do the newer wide rocker skis have a right and left ski or doesn't it matter?
Nope. Only reason for right or left is sometimes the graphics are meant to line up that way.
What size for: 5ft11, 180lbs, and be used...
What size for: 5ft11, 180lbs, and be used for frontside, bumps & trees and some ventures into powder? I'd say I'm advanced intermediate. I was tempted to go for 173cm as though 180cm may me too much in narrower European runs.
Im 6'1" 178 lbs and skied both the Brahma and Bushwacker in the 180cm. I personally wouldn't have wanted the shorter 173 for any conditions. If you prefer bumps, trees, and powder performance over frontside firm carving take a look at the non metal Bushwacker. If you spend a lot of time in moguls and trees prefer a lighter more energetic feel I think you would enjoy the bushwhacker more. I thought it did very very well on firm groomers. On paper the weight difference isn't much but on your feet there is a difference between the two. If you want a smoother, more glued to the snow, able to plow through crudded up snow better, and want the best hard pack performance of the two then go Brahma. The Brahma is way better looking as well.
I'm 5'8 and weigh between 170-180...
I'm 5'8 and weigh between 170-180 lbs. Former racer. Should I go for the 173s or 180?
Hey Jacob I am a former racer as well and about the same size as you and I would recommend that you go for the 180 because it will give you more stability when you go at higher speeds and you will be able to carve some bigger turns.
With your size I think you could get away with the 173cm but the former racer part of you will probably appreciate the 180cm. I weigh about the same as you but I'm 6'1" and I wouldn't go down to the 173cm. Im not a former racer just a 42 year old ripper!
Real Deal Holyfield
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
No reviews for this ski? Sacrilege! I've done 40+ days and these skis are awesome. Rail hardpack, quick in the trees, slay bumps, and do pretty well in the powder for a narrow waisted ski. Every turn shape imaginable is a breeze with these. You will not have a bad day on these in every single condition known to man. From CO to the EC this is your daily driver. If you are Utah and West, the Bonafide is probably your go.
Does anyone know if the Marker Griffon...
Does anyone know if the Marker Griffon Schizo 90mm binding will work for this ski?
Yep the Griffon with the 90mm brakes would work fine on this ski. This ski's waist is 88mm compared to the 90mm on the baron brakes- a perfect fit.
Blizzard Brahma Ski
Love the design behind these but wonder...
Love the design behind these but wonder if they'll hold up to me being 270 lbs?
These skis should hold up to a dude your size. They may feel a little soft but I assume most skis feel a little softer for you than people who weigh less. If you want a good all around ski this is a great option!
With 2 sheets of metal these would stand up to 270 lbs about as good as anything else. How tall are you?
I'm 6'5" ~300+ Skied these in a 187cm on the east coast. Mix of boiler plate to soft manmade under the guns to everything in between. I couldn't find anything bad to say about them. From the first turn I felt right at home on 'em. Solid at speed. Perfect East Coast ski. Extremely solid edge-grip for an 88mm under foot. Basically I stepped in and forgot they were there, they just did everything I asked 'em to.
Hello, what is the suggested binding for...
Hello, what is the suggested binding for the Blizzard Brahma?
Any binding would great on the Brahmas. Marker Griffons are the bindings used when the skis are being tested.
Anybody directly compare these to volkl...
Anybody directly compare these to volkl Kendos? Love my Kendos of three years but maybe time for a change, wondering if they can put a smile on my face like my volkl does?
Very similar to the kendos. Both have similar constructions. In my opinion the Blizzards are easier to use without sacrificing performance. They're better at slower speeds and more nimble. Too with just a tiny of of rocker in the tail when you take them off groomed they release easier yet there isn't enough rocker in the tail that you would notice it when arcing on groomers.
Is the claimed weight for one ski or both...
Is the claimed weight for one ski or both together?
What length for a 5'11 190 lbs skier...
What length for a 5'11 190 lbs skier planning on using this as a all mountain, east coast ski? I skied the the 185 Cochise last year and it worked well, so I'm leaning towards the 187 Brahma.
I think the 187cm would be perfect for your size and what you are going to use this for.
187 for sure