2024 BLIZZARD RUSTLER 11 REVIEW | THE PEOPLE'S SKI TEST

2024 Blizzard Rustler 11 Video Review

Tech Details

Blizzard Rustler 11
Category:
Freeride
Length Tested: 186
Lengths: 168, 174, 180, 186
Dimensions: 142/114/132 @ 186
Radius: 20.5m @ 186
MSRP: $899.95
More Info: blizzard-tecnica.com

Test Notes

My very first pair of skis was the 75-millimetre underfoot Blizzard Thermo, and sadly, this is the first Blizzard I’ve tried since. What took me so long? While I was admittedly a bit intimidated when I stepped onto the Rustler 11, looks can be deceiving. Big and burly at first glance, yet supple and stable on snow, this ski proved to be a nimble sheep in wolf’s clothing. I skied it in a wide variety of snow conditions, from isothermic groomers, to dust-on-crust, and blower, thigh-deep storm snow. And in all of the above, it was both effortless and solid. Its generous early rise in the tip and tail made schnoodling through bumps and trees a breeze, while its 114-millimetre waist width was a dream in the deep stuff. On harder snow, the Rustler seemed to be unflappable, without any speed limit on groomers or crud. And unlike other skis, I didn’t need to bring my a-game to make the most of it. Sized accordingly, the Rustler 11 would be well suited for a strong and enthusiastic skier, regardless of technical ability, and will provide a whole lot of fun while encouraging improvement at any skill level. —Colin Taylor

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Pros

  • Nimble and versatile.
  • Easy to ski in any type of terrain or condition.
  • Loves to be pushed, but doesn't require it.

Cons

  • Felt a bit on the heavier side of things.
  • Required a little bit more effort in really tight trees.

What type of terrain is the Blizzard Rustler 11 best suited for?

Steeps, glades and groomers.

What type of snow conditions is the Blizzard Rustler 11 best suited for?

Powder, chopped-up snow and hard pack.

What type of skier is the Blizzard Rustler 11 best suited for?

Anyone from an intermediate who's looking to improve all the way up to an expert skier.

Colin Taylor Age: 51 Height: 5’7” Weight: 158 lbs Occupation: Arborist Years Skiing: 49 Preferred Ski Length: 176-186cm Preferred Ski Width: 100mm+ Underfoot Preferred Terrain: Outside The Ropes Preferred Conditions: Powder

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Disclaimer

This review was independently done and the views are that of the author.

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