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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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The bushwacker sounds like...
The bushwacker sounds like the perfect ski but I m nervous about the non metal core and lack of attention this ski gets compared to the rest of the blizzard line up. With so many options out there, is there any other ski you would recommend besides the line 95 for myself or should I stick with the bush. I consider myself an aggressive skier, primarily in the moguls and glades on the east coast with a few powder days mixed in. Thanks again, your responses have been very helpful...
Believe me I know how hard it is to decide on skis and you're not alone, it's gets frustrating. I would not worry about the non metal core of the Bushwacker, it's no noodle. It just doesn't have the dampening characteristics of the metal Brahma or other metal skis like the Volkl Kendo. Like I said to Peter below the metal Brahma feels sluggish in direct comparison to the Bushwacker. The scale may not say a huge difference in overall weight between the skis but trust me, there is. I found the Bushwacker and my Kabookie very good to excellent for firm snow grip as an expert technical skier, metal not needed. Only when pushed very hard on the steeper pitches and if the groomed snow turned marbly and unpredictable the metal versions took over.
SD95 will feel slightly more balanced than the Blizzard lineup, Blizzard always feel a little long out front and a little tip heavy, especially the metal versions. The 179cm SD will be definitely a little shorter than the 180cm Bushwacker, just the way Line measures. SD95 will provide more float because of its width, feel smoother and quieter because of the maple core(almost has a rubber layer feel to it), not as much rebound and energy as the Bushwacker in my opinion. If you wanted a little more width for powder days SD95 is hard to beat, does everything very well. Bushwacker had more energy and felt quicker edge to edge, depends what you're really going for.
Other choices since you asked are Scott "The Ski" in 175cm, absolute blast in the bumps, GREAT hip dragging carver, tight turn radius, great rebound, smooth, under rated ski! Not as slithery, surfy, and won't pivot as well as the others. More powerful tail, more traditional carve to it.
Volkl Kendo is an incredible classic. Light and energetic but powerful. I own the original non rockered version and won't get rid of it. I can hammer any mogul run on it but it takes more work than skis with rocker in the tips and especially the tails. Least forgiving of the bunch, awesome on groomers.
Wow, tough decision!
I'm looking at both...
Wow, tough decision!
I'm looking at both The Brahma & the Bushwacker in a 173. I'm 5'9" 200 and ski everything. Demoed the Bonafide at Solitude & loved everything about it. I'm on Head 165 full race skis for all my eastern skiing (NY & VT) and have been reluctant to part with, but the Blizzards felt so good I'm finally willing to evolve. Thing is which one?
Thank You SF for the insight!
This shouldn't be a tough decision if you really enjoyed the Bonafide.
1. Why not buy the Bonafide since you liked it?
2. What length of The Bonafide did you demo?
Your weight can handle going up to the 180cm, your height puts you somewhere in the middle. Again I would go off what length you enjoyed the Bonafide. I'm 6'1" 178lbs and ski the 180cm Blizzard lineup.
If you want narrower than the Bonafide I would choose Brahma for your size and based on loving the Bonafide. You will miss the metal in the Bushwacker if you are aggressive and heavier. I have a limited review of both skis way down on both threads somewhere.
Brahma is more powerful, smoother, quiter, more stable, and a little sluggish when comparing DIRECTLY to Bushwacker or even a Volkl Kendo.
Bushwacker is lighter, more energetic, quicker edge to edge because of its weight, faster and able to zip line a mogul field easier than the Brahma. This will get tossed around in heavy crud more than a Brahma. Bushwacker has a glassy ceramic feel to it on firm icy conditions in comparison to the more damp Brahma.
Both skis have tremendous rebound when loaded but the Bushwacker requires less input to get that rebound from it. Brahma has a higher speed limit and will carve up and hold better on icy groomers better.
Your size Brahma or Bonafide is my choice unless you are truly wanting a light and playful performer.
5'8" 175lbs. Advanced/expert/aggressive...
5'8" 175lbs. Advanced/expert/aggressive skier. I am a New England skier mainly in the bumps, trees and powder days. Looking for a one ski quiver. Any recommendations? By reading some of the posts, I am thinking that the Bushwacker is the way to go. Thanks for the assistance.
If you are wanting to stay in the upper 80's waist width then Bushwacker is an awesome choice. If you are used to metal skis this might not be enough muscle so jumping over to the Brahma is a good option as well. I found the bushwhacker a lot more fun on mogul runs due to its light and energetic feel vs the Brahma. But if you prefer powerful, damp, and smooth the titanium Brahma is the way to go.
Another ski that I thought was a blast in the bumps was The Ski from Scott. Backcountry carries Scott skis but I'm not sure about this one or maybe they sold out of it. Fun!
Line Sick Day 95 also great mogul ski plus everything else.
I own a Kabookie and almost bought a Bushwacker for myself this year but holding off to see what next year brings. My eye is on a narrower Blizzard Latigo, but not a one ski quiver ski for sure.
Good luck and no matter what you can't go wrong with Bushwacker. Energetic, playful, and enough muscle for me.
Thanks for your helpful information. I currently ski on 170s with no rocker. Should I stick to the 173 or go bigger with the 180s. Is there much of a difference when it comes to the feel of the ski?
There is a pretty big difference in feel jumping up in lengths but if you are looking for a one ski quiver then you will enjoy the 180cm on the fresh snow days.
You do sit a little bit in between sizes but an advanced/expert/aggressive pushes me to say 180cm for versatility. There really is a fair amount of tip rocker in the Blizzards but I have never felt they ski short, in fact I think they ski very true to size. They have all that tip and tail rocker to make things easier though. One thing if you decide to go to the 180cm, I would strongly consider mounting the binding a touch ahead of recommended. This will make the ski initiate the turn and help offset the added length a bit since you are nervous about going to the 180cm. Only 1-1.5cm ahead of Blizzards recommended for you, not if you decide on the 173cm this only applies to the 180cm. Others may disagree but I have spent a fair amount of time on the Blizzard skis and feel it wouldn't hurt.
WHAT KIND OF SKIS ARE YOUR 170's? This will help me a little more recommending length.
If you spend all day in massive moguls like a few people on my local hill do then 173cm will be an absolute blast. But for everyday all mountain versatility outside of those conditions the 180cm is better.
Hope that helps and let me know what you decide to do.
I would stick with the Bushwacker for the everyday ski. The Brahma can do everything your asking it to its just not as fun. I will say Ive skied both and the Brahma is more fun to rail groomers with as its a bit more stable with the metal but, skiing bumps all day is so much fun with the Bushwacker. I personally love the Bamboo core its stiff but really snaps and has a lot of energy. When you add the metal it of course gets more stable and dampens a bit more but, it can be a bit more to turn and tougher on the legs all day off trail unless you do everything at high speeds then the metal becomes easier to toss around. Get the 180 cm, the 187 cm will be cumbersome in the tight East Coast trees and the 180 I think will still allow you to rip those groomers in the morning before everyone hits the hill. Ski Freak is totally right though, if your JUST doing bumps and trees the 173 cm will be so much fun but, you will be disappointed with it at speeds on the groomers.
I'm looking for a softer, more relaxed ski...
I'm looking for a softer, more relaxed ski in a medium width for skiing in California. I'm thinking an 88-100 mm waist as powder days are a rarity here and so not a concern. I'm interested in something a little lively that can smear turns on the steeps and in the bumps, and handle some crud and off piste. I'm currently on an older pair of K2 Apache Xplorers and am looking for something not quite so stiff and heavy. They're great carvers, but I'd like something a little softer and lighter. I demo'd several skis this past winter and liked the Rossi Sin 7, as they were quite light and flexible, but didn't have much edge grip. It sounds like the Bushwackers might be a little better for some of the Sierra cement that is not uncommon, but still have enough liveliness to be lots of fun in lots of different conditions.
I'm an advanced skier but certainly not an expert (Level 7 or so), not a speed demon, or a super big guy (5'10", 160), and, ahem, creeping into middle age, soooo am not too interested in a stiffer, more damp ski.
Any thoughts or inputs on if the Bushwackers (or maybe something else like the Sin7) might be the right ski for me would be appreciated!
I have a brief review on the Bushwacker below and even spent additional time on it since then. Fun ski for sure if you like light, energetic, and playful. It's rocker profile allows it to pivot and smear when needed and is a great mogul ski. Edge grip on firm is pretty good, I would expect it to out perform the Sin 7 in this area. Heavy crud performance won't be the best due to its light weight and no metal but again it will do just fine, compromises.
Another ski that you need to consider is the Line Sick Day 95. This ski will sit right in between the Bushwacker and Sin 7. I spent quite a bit of time on the 186cm this year and I loved the ski but wish it came in a 183cm or so. For you the 179cm would be perfect! Difference between this and Bushwacker is a little wider platform and will be a little smoother on firm icy conditions due to its fiberglass wrap and maple core. Typical Line feel on the snow. I feel the Bushwacker has more energy and rebound but could have been the differences in lengths I was on. Edge grip between the two is a toss up in my opinion, maybe a nod towards the Bushwacker but again not a deciding factor.
Other skis to mention are Line Prophet 98, the narrower Prophet 90, and a Volkl Bridge. Also if you want wider than Bushwacker the Blizzard Kabookie is the bigger brother. This is still a fairly stiff ski though in comparison to the others mentioned.
That should be enough information for you but if you have any other questions let me know.
Thanks SkiFreak. As usual, your response was informative and insightful. The Sick Day 95 might be just the ticket as it does indeed sound like it fits in between the two I was considering. Now to find the right binding...
Your feedback is much appreciated!
Sick day width of 95mm makes finding a binding pretty easy. You can use a 90mm brake or a 100mm brake. I had a marker Griffon 90mm on the one I was using and it went on without even bending it. Look Pivots in the green, Salomon in the Silver or Green, Marker Griffon in the Black looks pretty cool. All Good.
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!