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Tthe Blizzard Bushwacker Ski loves the pristine backcountry just as much as you do. Its rockered tip and tail and 125-millimeter tip floats like a dream in pow. But backcountry conditions vary from aspect to aspect, top to bottom, and the Bushwacker is ready, with a versatile mid-fat waist and slight camber underfoot. Its sandwich sidewall construction gives power to its edges and precision to its turns, so if trees or tight chutes are calling, you can answer with nimble ease. The Flipcore 3D wood core give tip-to-tail strength and rebound that suits every terrain. Without heavy lamination or stringers, this ski glides uphill, but its large radius sidecut keeps you going fast and stable. This is the easiest-turning ski in Blizzard's Free Mountain Lite series.
- Tip & Tail Rocker profile
- Slight camber underfoot
- Sandwich sidewall construction
- Flipcore 3D wood core
- 88-millimeter waist
- Large 19m sidecut radius
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I ski in Quebec, and in the NE of the...
I ski in Quebec, and in the NE of the states. I tried the Bushwalker 166cm and I loved them. I am also interested in the Blizzard Latigo 2015 (same as the brahma but 77mm underfoot) the Volkl Yumi and the Volkl Kenja (I am a girl). I am a good teleskier and I will be skiing in ski centers for the next years (kids). When there is enough snow I prefer the glades and the moguls but when snow is thin (very often in Qu�bec) I enjoy going fast in groomed trails.
Thats awesome that your question popped up because I have spent quite a bit of time this year on Latigo(several times during a demo day), Brahma, and the Bushwacker. I own a Kendo, my wife is on her second pair on Kenjas and I'm a little familiar with the Yumi. We don't Tele but I can help with the skis characteristics.
I honestly love the Bushwacker, one of my favorite skis this year in many aspects and still thinking about buying one. I own a Kabookie but just loved the narrower, quicker, lighter Bushwacker in the bumps and on the groomers, just plain fun! Sure the metal guys miss the titanium of the Brahma but I didn't. The Brahma is more powerful, smoother, damp, and handles the nasty crud and rock hard ice better but it just didn't bring the big smile to my face the Bushwacker did. If I want smooth and powerful carver plus a ski to handle ice better then I jump on my Kendo or Kenja. You lose the more forgiving tail and slightly softer flex of the Blizzard lineup.
Another favorite was the Latigo in the 177cm. I'm torn of which one to buy after skiing the Bushwacker and Latigo back to back. Latigo for me filled a gap between the very playful Buschwacker and the slightly heavier and stronger Brahma. Just going from the 180 Brahma down to the narrower 177cm Latigo game me that extra life that I was missing from the Brahma. It truly is a very fun narrow ski that brings power, stability, energy and a surfy feel when needed due to its rocker profile. But remember this is still a narrow ski, so versatility will definitely drop versus the others off piste and in any amount of new snow.
Don't forget Blizzard Black Pearl is the female Bushwacker. The Blizzard Cheyenne is the female Latigo minus metal.
Im out of space so there is some info for you to get going. I can chat more about the Kenja as well, powerful fun. Jump on the Yumi thread on backcountry and check out Lexi and myself helping out someone else.
I tried the Kendo (170cm) today and I realy realy realy enjoyed it. Is the Kenja the same ski? If so, I think I will go with the Kenja. I won't have the chance to test the Yumi and the Latigo, t�l�-demo are very limited so I prefer to buy something I tested.
I can have a good deal for a pair of 156 or 163 cm Kenja. I am 5'4'' and 120l, which size would you recommend?
Thank you very much,
Kenja is the female Kendo. The Kenja has a slightly different sidecut dimension and the flex is usually a touch softer. You just have to be aware of what version of the Kenja you are buying. If you demoed a Kendo from this year and are looking at a Kenja a few years old it may not have tip rocker in it, FYI.
If you really liked the 170cm which in my opinion is a lot of ski for someone your size then stick with the 163cm. My wife is 42 years old 5'6" 138 lbs and is now on her second set of 163cm Kenjas. She has multiple skis so the Kenja is her hard snow carver and she flies on it. We ski a lot of tight spots and big moguls so anything longer in the stiff tail Kenja just isn't very forgiving in bumps.
Just because I like gaining as much knowledge as I can from different perspectives what's making you choose Kenja over Bushwacker/Black Pearl?
Thanks again SK
First, sorry for my English, I am Quebecoise!
Last Saturday, I skied the Bushwalker 166cm and the Brahma 173cm. For sure the Brahma was to heavy for me (I tele and I am 120l) my ankles were soared after two runs. The bushwalker was a lot of fun, mainly in moguls and glades, but in the packed/icy snow they were ok but I felt they could be "sharper".
It is very difficult to find demo in tele so I ask a friend of mine to test is Kendo. For sure the snow conditions were not the same , but the bulky feeling I had with the Brahma wasn't an issue with the Kendo. The skis where to long for me but I felt I was in control of both skis, not as with the Brahma when the interior ski was very difficult to handle (tele problem ).
Thanks again for the help, tomorrow I will probably have a pair of Kenja and if the rain isn't to bad tonight in Quebec, I will have the chance to ski them Sunday!
That's awesome. I feel the same between Brahma and my Kendo. I just wasn't a Brahma lover but my Kendo is a different story. I find the 177cm Kendo in comparison to the 180cm Brahma just snappier, lighter, quicker, and of course a better carver for sure. I enjoyed your word bulkier in comparison of the two.
Have fun and you will love them! This is my fourth year on my non rockered Kendos and they put a smile on my face every time I click into them.
By the way I was born in Penticton, BC Canada so it's nice to see someone north of the border on Backcountry.
Have fun and enjoy the rest of the winter!
Very fun ski!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
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 boring 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 on the day.
quiver killer, almost
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This ski does it all. Stable, relatively stiff, comfortable at high speed, carves any kind of turn well, and is great in crud and variable conditions. Not the best for deep pow obviously. Not just a B/C ski really, yeah it's pretty light, but it kills hardpack and everything else you might find in the resort. Never skied the Brahma, but I find it hard to imagine how one could improve upon this ski or why metal laminate is necessary in this case.
Bushwacker or the new Line sick day 95?...
Bushwacker or the new Line sick day 95? Even though sick day is a little wider the rocker profiles and camber are very similar so curious how they would perform against each other. Looking for something to possibly replace my original kendo and just want something that is just plain fun, if that's even more possible than my Kendos have been for years.
If you are looking for something to match your old Kendo I don't think you could do better than the Line SIck Day. However, if you are willing to consider something new that could take you to places you have never been, take a look at the Armada JJ.
The Brahma would be the best Blizzard replacement to your Kendos. Your Kendos have two sheets of metal, Bushwacker has none. Brahma however is the Bushwacker with metal. If you like the feel of your old kendos but want a little updated shape then the Bramha is the ticket. Guy that designed the original Mantra, gotama, katana, kuro, chopstick, etc is the guy that designed the Bonafide, Brahma, Cochise, Bodacious, etc.
Bushwacker vs Brahma
I took a pair of 180...
Bushwacker vs Brahma
I took a pair of 180 Bushwackers out for demo (telemark, New England) I found them very lively, confident edge hold and suit a variety of turns. They chatter somewhat as speed increases but I don't know if that matters ?
If I go for the Brahma instead will I lose the agility this ski offers ? do I stand to gain anything that the Bushwacker does not offer ?
I am 6'1", 185lbs, advanced telemarker on NTN looking for an East Coast "daily driver". Ski mostly trail edges and glades, I have a dedicated powder ski for "better days"
You will gain stability at speed and increased performance on hard snow. You loose a little bit of liveliness as the metal makes the skis a bit more damp but you don't loose agility. At your height and weight and riding in the east where conditions tend to be firmer I would think the Brahma would be an overall better ride
thanks for your input, any other skis I should look at ?
Did you buy anything? I know this is late but I just demoed bushwhacked and brahma today.
This is a bit late, but I like the Cochise. Not a light ski, but I tele NTN on them and they hold on ice like nothing else. Better then even my two year old Mantras, same length. With 108 waist they handle soft snow well too. I have the Freedom NTN binding mounted on the 185cm ski, boot center on alpine mark.
Bushwacker - A hidden gem
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Light quick turning, agile yet hold solid on eastern hard pack (ice)
Hidden in the shadow of it all-star big brother "Bonafide" this little gem provides a nice ride on a wide range of conditions.
I like to ski on the edge of the trail, in the un-groomed crud, where the "Bonafide" shines... but the Bushwacker is right on it's heals for crud bashability. Yet in the bumps I didn't find myself stepping on the heal of the thinner Bushwacker, and chasing my son and wife down the groomers the "Bushwacker" felt solid. I like to ski many styles of turns, not just carve. The "Bushwacker" is responsive at the tip and tail and really shines for those who can keep their weight centered over the boot... yet when I do mess up and find myself on my heals or shovel I don't land in the trees. One of the nices one-quiver boards I've every had the pleasure to slide on. Get out and try a pair and you may find your hidden stash too!