Calling all lady shredders.
Blizzard's new Black Pearl series is all the rage in the world of lady shred. The widest in the series, the Black Pearl 98 is an ideal frontside ripper for any condition, and it's essentially a new and improved version of the beloved Samba. The 98mm waist makes the Black Pearl a true daily driver, conquering chopped crud and hardpack alike.
Blizzard took out the layer of Titanal you'll find in the Sheeva series and replaced it with a uni-directional carbon frame and multi-directional carbon fiberglass layers to make this ski lighter and more manageable for a variety of ability levels. The short turn radius gives the Black Pearl a quick and snappy feel that's perfect for navigating tight glades or narrow entrances.The sandwich construction maintains edge grip on firm snow, so let loose and carve like your old gate bashing days.
- A frontside ripper for intermediates and experts alike
- 98mm waist can handle any conditions
- Rockered profile stays afloat in fresh snow
- Uni-directional carbon frame sheds weight and maintains stability
- Poplar and beech wood core has a playful, consistent flex
- Sandwich construction carves well on hardpack
- Short turn radius is nimble and responsive
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- Q & A
Fun Set of Shoes!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
As always when buying a new set of skis, I was worried that they would require some time to get used to. I was so pleased when I immediately adjusted to the Black Pearls. I was previously skiing on Volkl Free Luvs, which I loved, but the Blizzards are more playful, especially when carving. They rip on groomers and stay afloat well on the few powder days I've had them, which is exactly what I wanted in a ski. One of the biggest changes I noticed is how easy they were to maneuver and react to quick turns. The responsiveness makes for fun skiing. If you are looking for a versatile all-mountain ski, please consider these, as I know you'll have a great time trying them out. I see myself skiing on these for most days out of the ski season.
Formerly the Samba, all new for 2018
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Black Pearl 98, formerly known as the Samba, gets an all new update for 2018. The Carbon Flipcore construction Blizzard introduced last year remains the same but the shape and sidecut get an update. The new shape makes a slightly tighter turn and makes the ski easier to turn at slower speeds while the modified rocker profile helps the tips to plane better in softer snow and increases stability at speed. An awesome update to a timeless, ripping ski.