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Blizard Quattro RX

Overall: 5.0 Edgehold: 5.0 Turn Shape Variability: 4.8 Dimensions: 129/84/113; $1,320 (with bindings)

The $1,320 price tag (binding included) is not just market positioning—in the Quattro RX you’re getting what you pay for. In this case you’re buying the dampest and most powerful frontside ski we’ve ever tested. The guts of the Quattro are comprised of wood, carbon, and titanium and you’re connected to all that beef via Blizzard’s IQ System which integrates the binding INTO the powerful center of the ski. On the hill that translates to undying edgehold and unwavering control at high speeds. And that last bit is critical: The Quattro is lightly rockered for easy turn initiation, but to really get the ski to perform as it should, it requires speed and dynamic piloting. “Best ski of the day for me,” said a tester. “Maximum power without being overbearing, but it doesn’t really come to life until you push it.” Swami Gripe: When you aren’t actively driving the Quattro, it can feel a little sleepy, like a cruising ski of old. Punch it. Swami Like: Locks into a round GS turn in the 16 to 17.5-meter range depending on the length you buy. We also love the extra width—it’s 84mm underfoot—which lets you arc turns in soft snow too.


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