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Go down(hill) in a blaze of glory.

Nowadays there is not just fast and forward; there's fast, forward, backward, sideways, and spinning. The cool kids know this, and they ride the Blizzard Gunsmoke Ski, a powderhound twin-tip with rockered tip and tail, a nice ample waist, and generous sidecut radius. This surfy ski lives to change it up slopestyle and find new ways of riding on snow. 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 excellent stability and even pressure distribution that you need on the firmer stuff. Combine that with a mixed arsenal of powerful sidewall construction and energetic yet smooth wood core, and who knows what you'll invent on this ski? The Gunsmoke is the fatter of two skis in Blizzard's Free Mountain Twin series.

  • Flipcore Natural rockered profile
  • Flat underfoot
  • Sidewall construction
  • Wood core
  • 114-millimeter waist
  • Large sidecut radius

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2014' Gunsmoke

2014' Gunsmoke

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Nimble and floating - that's all I need from a pair of powder skis and Gunsmokes have it alright :)

I am 5'7" and weigh 180 -Advanced skier-...

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I am 5'7" and weigh 180 -Advanced skier- what size do you think would be good for me?

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Unless you're charging really hard and sending sizable cliffs, I would go 186's.

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I'm 6'1" 178 lbs and I haven't been on the gunsmoke but I was able to try a peacemaker in the 179cm. It was VERY short feeling to me. I had a kick on it but conditions were spring groomers and big slush bumps. Nothing deep. So I can imagine if I was in a foot of snow I would have been wishing for more length.

You are 6" shorter than I am, but same weight and looking at a wider Gunsmoke. Depending on how aggressive you are, where you ski, and how much snow you routinely encounter is how I would base your decision on length. Gunsmokes and Blizzards in general aren't Armada JJ or new Super 7 light so just add that into your equation as well.

For my style of skiing and the mountains I visit I would buy the 186cm for myself, especially for a designated powder ski. You are in that gray zone for length. Your height could suggest the 179cm but I would base decision on ability level, how much snow your mountains receive on average, and if you want quick and nimble vs stability, float, and power.

Hope that helps clear some things up.

SF

Quick lap at the Bird on some 'smokes...

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High speed, chop busting, cliff sending, 360'ing lap at the Bird on some 193 Gunsmokes

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THE ULTIMATE OUT-WEST 1 SKI QUIVER!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Can't really tell you how stoked I am about this ski...but I'll do my best. I recently got my hands on a pair of these and was blown away in 1 run... let alone in not great conditions. The 114 mm waist width is not super ideal for groomers, but still easily rolls over very nicely on edge and lays trench on the hardpack. This ski doesn't have metal, so it's not as damp as other skis in Blizzard's line like the Cochise or Bodacious, but on the feet of a solid skier with good technique, you'll still mow down just about anything in the path of these and not feel like you're about to meet your maker. They have a very lively flex that provided a ton of rebound energy for jumps, butters, presses, etc. They also feel super light for their size (I have the 193's)and come around on spins and flips just as good(actually better) as any big mountain freestyle ski I've been on. I mounted mine at about +1 from factory, or about -5 from center and they crush it everywhere. The tail is slightly stiffer on the 193 than the 186, but with the tail rocker (perfect amount at that) it releases super easy when asked, making this ski a blast in even the tightest of trees. I'm yet to ski these in deep pow, but I can't imagine under any circumstance I'll be let down. Welcome to awesometown.

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Thanks for the review Derek. If you can read the question below from cor2540385 and offer any advice to him that would be awesome. I got a chance to demo a 179 peacemaker and that's about as close as a review I could give him. And it was too short for me but a fun ski. He is also asking the similar question on the Super 7 thread.

Thanks in advance if you can give some guidance,

Skifreak

How do these skis in a 186 compare to the...

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How do these skis in a 186 compare to the new Rossignol Super 7's in 188. I am 6'3" 190lbs and an advance (not expect) skier. I ski primarily Summit county Colorado and ski a little bit of everything but the park.

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In my opinion if you own a Bonafide and love them, at your height and weight I think Gunsmoke is the better option.

If you want just a super light, nimble, soft flexing pure powder ski the Super 7 will fit the bill perfectly. But if you are an aggressive charger, spend a lot of time skiing crud, and truly love your Bonafide all over the place then Gunsmoke is right for you. It will just have a little more muscle than the Super 7.

You can see my review of the Super 7 below. I'm still on the fence about this ski, I will be spending more time on it this weekend. I skied a Bonafide for awhile and now own a Kabookie so I think I'm a good reference for you. I'm hoping to get the chance to try a Gunsmoke this weekend at a local demo.

Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

SF

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Please check out the new review from Derek!!

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Hey cor2540385, I've skied the super 7's in only in the 195 and the Gunsmoke only in the 193...the Gunsmoke in a FAR better ski. I've never been too much of a fan of the pintail design that is the s7 to begin with and also just felt that the flex was much more well-rounded on the Gunsmoke compared to the s7. Also like the fact that you have a longer radius and effective edge on the Gunsmoke, making it much more stable at speed, especially in chop and in my opinion has a much smoother and more predictable rocker profile. For the record, I'm a little smaller than you at 6'1 180lbs and never once wished for less ski than the 193, but it depends what kind of skiing you're doing and how aggressive you plan on getting. Long story short, the Gunsmoke is worlds ahead of the s7 IMO, regardless of the size you choose...

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Thanks for the responses guys. I ended up ordering the Gunsmokes in 186cm. I have been super happy with my other Blizzard skis and just had too many reservations about the soft flex of the Super 7's. As far as sizing goes, I think the 186cm should be plenty for me for now, as I'm still under 50 days on snow... ever. (Not quiet as many opportunities when you grow up surrounded by cornfields in the Midwest). Maybe I can consider stepping up to a big boy 190+ ski in a couple more years.

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That's awesome. I have a tough time relating to the big mountain skiers of Utah myself. I find that even if I'm similar in size to them it's better to step down one length for the big mountains of Spokane, WA or it's just not that enjoyable.

Enjoy your new boards,
SF

What climbing skins should be ordered with...

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What climbing skins should be ordered with 179's?

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YO! :)
You need >medium< 171 - 181cm long and 140mm wide.
So in case G3/Backcountry.com skins, you need to order 140mm, Medium.
They come with trimming tool and it's easy to do it.
Ask in live chat id the skins you're ordering come with skin savers, if not - get them too - it will make the lifespan of your skins' glue longer.
Here's a vid showing how to trim the skins which I followed when trimming my skins....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY8rrEln4nc
Watch the vid few times before getting to work.
PEACE! :)

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Absolutely SICK every day charger

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In a 193 this is the best every day charger I've ever had. It's like a 185 Cochise with more rockered tips added to the tip so they'll crush super deep pow, and rockered tails to make them beuutery and easy to pivot around that girth in the tight and techy. I sually won't run anything over 190 inbounds at Crested Butte, but these are just so easy for a 193. No more difficult to push than the 185 Cochise (which you'll see that i love in my review of it), plus the stability and drifitiness of the 186 Bodacious, but more forgiving. Also DURABLE. I've been hitting rocks like you would if you get into the shit in CB and they've held up wonderfully.

I also have the 186 s a playful jib ski and it's a great option for smaller skiers.

Absolutely SICK every day charger
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Tru Center mountings

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this in a 186 from last year and mounted true center, and am thinking about upgrading to this years model, but to a 193 and mounting true center.
Has anyone done this yet?
I feel like the tip and tail would actually be the size of the tip of a 186 Gunsmoke mounted at boot center.

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Would you mind sharing height, weight, and how you used these (powder only, all mountain??

I am looking into these and I am torn between 186 and 193. I am 6'1" 185 expert skier. I like open powder fields but seem to hunt my stashes in trees and tighter pockets.

would love to get some feedback from someone who has put them through the wringer...

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I put my 186's through the wringer and then some, hucking cliffs, tree lines, and backcountry with them, even have an AT binding on my 186's and have used them skinning. The ski is amazing.
But I have last years model, and supposedly its a lot softer then this years, because it was a carbon flip core last year, and this year its a titanium flip core. Also, my 186's are mounted true center, because it works for me. My buddy has his mounted boot mount, and loves it like that, but he dosent ride switch...ever.
I have ridden the Peacemaker, but it was boot mounted, and wasn't a huge fan, because I could really ride switch with it well mounted like that. But I'm sure if I was to ride it true center, i would have a blast.
Also, im 5'7 130lbs and have no problem throwing the 186 around, even mounted at boot mount. Thats why I'm wondering if I want the 193 (Because I also ride skis mounted at true center)

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I personally wouldn't mount them at true center for a couple reasons...

1) They aren't designed to be ridden center as the sidecut/camber profile wouldn't reap maximum performance from a mount like that.

2) I've skied them at 3 back from center on the 193 and though the swing weight was nice, I definitely wished for more tip when charging hard or dropping cliffs, also had tip dive at that position.

I also notice you're significantly lighter/smaller than myself, so that may change a few things, but I have mine at +1 from recommended (-5 from center) and find it's a perfect balance of charging ability and playfulness. Also FWIW, I don't really get into switch stuff all the time, but when I do, still found I had a lot of tail and could still be comfortable riding/landing switch. Awesome ski.

I just bought the 2013-12 model. Where...

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I just bought the 2013-12 model. Where should I mount my binding???????

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I've mounted exactly in the center - look on a side of the skis and you should see a small arrow which points where your boot's center should be.

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Gunsmoke

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tested this last year and loved it, even though it is a powder ski, I felt like it would be a good option for an all mountain ski; as I skied this ski everywhere and it performed great in all conditions!

I just bought last years model 2012-13. Does anyone know a good mounting point? Im 190lbs and like to go fast and huck a few cliffs once in a while and do the occasional backcountry booter.

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Sean there should be a small arrow on the sidewall that is the reccomended mounting point. For charging I tend to move them back about 1.5cm. It makes them feel a little bit longer. If you're going to be landing anything switch or have been skiing your other skis a little farther forward the mounting point on the ski should be fine.

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Awesome skis.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Firstly, I cannot compare Gunsmokes to any other powder skis cause they are my very first pow skis I own.
So I did first 3 powder runs and I'm fully satisfied.
Nice floating, nimble, very good experience.
Didn't try them on any hard packed snow nor groomed slope, but after all, hey, they are powder skis, huh ? ;)
Highly recommending those skis if you are looking for powder skis :)
Peace!

2014 Blizzard Gunsmoke.

2014 Blizzard Gunsmoke.

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"014 Blizzard Gunsmoke with PLUM J'Envoie Du Gros.

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powder monster

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Want a playful powder ski with a high performance edge? This is your ski. I brought 2 pairs of skis with me to Alaska this past spring. 193 Gunsmoke and 196 Bodacious. I loved them both. The difference is versatility. The gunsmoke can be skied by anyone just about anywhere. When I step into a gunsmoke, I just think to myself, this run is going to be FUN.
I am 6'1, 165lbs. If you want to charge harder and spin less, go up a size and you will love it. If you want something to hit jumps on and still ski big pow lines, your "comfort" size will be perfect.

photo cred: Jesse Hoffman

powder monster

Looking for some input on lengths. I've...

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Looking for some input on lengths. I've got the 185 Cochise and absolutely love it. I'm 5' 9" and 185 lbs. I like to get real rowdy and I'm torn between the 185 and the 193. What do ya think?

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186 is designed to be softer and more jibby. 193 is built to be stiffer and more of a charging ski. If you want fun and playful then go 186 if you want a bit more of a charger then the 193 is the ticket. I love the 193. It's substantial but has a bit more side cut and is a bit more forgiving than the 193 Cochise.