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The sveltest of the Free Mountain skis, the Blizzard Samba Women's Ski may also be the most versatile. A slim (by freeride standards) waist and moderate turn radius give the Samba lightning-quick responsiveness; and sandwich-sidewall construction and camber underfoot give it razor-sharp precision and power. But this sassy board also features fat Flipcore Natural rockered tip and tail for easy-peasy float in deep snow and turn initiation. This revolutionary Natural rocker comes from upside-down molded core, not bent like other skis, for a, yes, more natural feel. A super-light ISO and wood core with tough and sustainable (Earth-friendly) bamboo stringers keep the board stable and strong at high speeds. Now you can keep that fine figure and still slay every aspect on the hill.
- Flipcore Natural rockered profile
- Camber underfoot
- Sidewall construction
- Double quadrax laminate
- Wood and ISO core with bamboo stringers
- 98-millimeter waist
- Large sidecut radius
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In Depth Review!
Above is a shot on the Sabmas near a bomb hole at Snowbird.
Let's call it GUN(POWDER) skiing : )
Here's a 2 page review I recently wrote if you want more information about this ski.
Samba with the Rainbows
Put the Sambas on.
Rainbows and baby unicorns and butterflies and snowflakes will begin to circle around your head. It's like magic or something...
I just bought the Bonafide for myself and...
I just bought the Bonafide for myself and have spent a couple days loving life on them. Are the Samba and Kabookie the same skis? Bonafide has all the metal and Samba doesn't so is the Samba a Kabookie?
The Samba and Kabookie are very similar. They are both metal-less versions of the Bonafide however the Samba has a little different glass layup to make it softer than the Kabookie.
"however the Samba has a little different glass layup" What does a different glass layup mean?
We are forty somethings and...
We are forty somethings and new to the ski game.
We skiid Japan last Feb with hired skis.
I would like to purchase a set of skis for my wife-Height 1.58m
weight 59kg,she managed very well and did some decent slopes.Crucial points are quick turns and stability more than speed.Any suggestions please.(Boots and skis)Australian resident.
Not Balck slopes.
If you're Australian then I'm guessing your traveling for ski vacations. For your first ever boots, I'd strongly suggest going on vacation, and buying boots in resort from a reputable store. Then through a 7-10 day vacation you can work with the shop if you have any issues - boots can be worked a lot. Personally, I've had good luck with Surefoot for boots. As for skis, would suggest demoing a selection of different skis during your vacation. As for these particular skis, if you're saying no black slopes then I think you need more of an intermediate ski.
Bonafide for the Ladies
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Women's version of the popular Bonafide. The Samba utilizes the same sidecut and rocker profile as the Bonafide but with a lighter weight construction. The two sheets of metal found in the Bonafide are removed as the core is slightly ligher to make for a lighter slightly softer ski but without sacraficing torsional stiffness. These skis have great grip on hard snow but are soft enough to absorb terrain and float in pow. A great ski for the female rippers or aspiring female rippers.
This versus atomic Elysian for aggressive...
This versus atomic Elysian for aggressive expert? My wife has an older Kenja and a VJJ, so looking for a ski that fits in the middle for a better one ski to take on trips where taking two skis isn't ideal.
Hey T Mac, these will be an excellent choice for what your wife is looking for, they will be wider under foot that the Elysian's and will also have a wider (Rockered) tip which will help her get through various conditions pow, crud, chopped up terrain. They also incorporated camber under foot on these so she will also have full control going down groomers, she will have no problem getting this ski to turn. Blizzard recommends you mount them up with Maker bindings, but any flat mount bindings will work.
The Sambas will be a little torsionally stiffer than the Elysians. The Samba would be a great ski to fit between the Kenja and the VJJ. The Samba is kind of right between the two skis both rocker wise and construction wise. It has the torsional stiffness of the Kenja but without the metal, it has a bit more rocker than the Kenja but not as much as the VJJ.
Hey there! I've skied all those sticks except the Kenjas.
Sambas are noticeably stiffer and more stable than both the VJJ and the Elysian. Of the 3 the Elysian was my least favortie because I didn't find it very lively.
The VJJ is very poppy and surfy and manages fairly well in crud and groomers - rocks in powder. It is a more playful ski than either the Samba or the Elysian.
The Samba is stiffer than either ski, and absolutely DEVOURS groomers when compared to either. I've only skied the Samba a few turns in powder, but was impressed with the flotation thus far (better than I expected). I LOVED the stability of the Samba at speed and had no problem cruising at break neck speed down Regulator Johnson at Snowbird on these things - GS style. They rail.
If looking for more of a quiver ski, I would pick the Samba over the VJJ because it does better in crud and groomers, but it still manages to stay atop softer snow fairly well. Even though I absolutely ADORE the VJJ, I think the Samba makes a better quiver ski.