2018 Blizzard Rustler 10
The new Rustler collection from Blizzard ranks amongst the most impressive skis for 2018. The Rustlers are superb all-around skis for off-piste skiing: they are predictable when releasing and feature predictable, progressive flex patterns in the tip and tail. What does this mean from a skiing perspective? They have the right amount of "bite" in steeps, trees, and bumps, without the spoony or disengaged tip typical of many of the skis in this segment. The Rustler is easy to ski, with a forgiving tail and huge sweet spot, yet it does not have a "wet noodle" or "detuned" presence. It is light and lively. Stability is down over the Bonafide, as one would expect considering what the Rustler was designed to do, but it is stable enough for all but the hardest chargers. As a soft snow, tight tree and glade ski, it has few equals at this price point. The closest in feel may be the Nordica Enforcer; the Nordica is a touch more damp and stiff at the tail, while the Rustler is a bit lighter and quicker.
If you require more width, the Rustler 11 is a superb choice.
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