Price US $700

Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti Ski Review

Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti 2017 - 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is part of a big new redesign of Blizzards front-side skis. The Quattro 8.0 Ti is kind of the middle of the line in terms of price and target skier, but it’s performance is really comparable to other high end performance skis. Because it’s geared a bit more to the intermediate crowd, it’s pretty easy to ski, but it has a lot of power and energy when you want to get on it. I think it could be a good ski for intermediates looking to up their game, or smaller advanced or expert skiers that don’t want to have to drive the ski all day every day.

Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti On-Mountain Video Ski Review

Jacket: Trew Cosmic Pants: The North Face Sickline Goggle:  Smith I/O

Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120

Bindings: System

Size: 174cm

Days: 1

Riders: Matt

Conditions: Soft Groomed, Hard Pack

Ski Personality: The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is an intermediate friendly front-side carver that feels smooth, energetic, and moderately powerful.

On the Snow Feel: As a front-side ski the Quattro 8.0 Ti is a pretty locked in when on edge, but it’s more forgiving than you might expect. I wouldn’t call it playful, but I didn’t have to be on edge all the time to get the ski to do what I wanted.

Turn Initiation and Carving: I was a bit surprised at how easy this ski felt for a metal laminate ski that is 80mm underfoot. It’s not quite the high end performance GS race ski, but it does have a decent amount of energy and power. I found it pretty easy to bend into the turn, and I didn’t have to drive it as much as I expected. The ride was pretty smooth overall, and it has a sort of relaxing quality. It is quick from edge to edge, and it does have an exciting amount of energy, but it’s not quite as snappy or tenacious as a ski like the Volkl RTM 84. There’s also a decent amount of power, but again not quite as much as the performance models. I think intermediates that don’t want to charge on the ski will like how approachable it is, while advanced or experts will like that you can still get down on it, and the ski responds well.

Speed: The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is solid at speed, but not as stable or damp as I expected. The ski does have a smooth quality to it, and it is easy to engage and get on edge. Edge hold is good, and the dampness is solid. Still, when things were even remotely tracked out, I could find the speed limit relatively quickly. It doesn’t have the same top end as the Volkl RTM 84 UVO, but for an intermediate friendly ski, it can rip surprisingly hard.

Uneven/Variable Terrain: The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is definitely at home on smooth groomed terrain and less so on anything rough or variable. I didn’t want to take this ski off piste, and it’s really not meant to be. There is a touch more rocker in tip and tail than the top of the line Quattro, but it’s still not really meant for chopped up or tracked out snow.

Edge Hold: The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti comes in at 80mm underfoot, but it also has a touch more rocker and less camber than the Quattro RX. It still does a great job on hard packed snow, but there are better options for ice.

Bottom Line: The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is a very capable and fun front-side carver that nicely blends ease of use with power and energy. It’s not the most precise of knife-like of the line, nor is it the most powerful, or quickest. However, the ski is relatively easy to ski, and the reward for those who do get on it is pretty big. Turn initiation is smooth and easy, and yet the rebound is powerful and energetic. I almost want to describe it as an easy going carving specialist with moderate power and energy.

 

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Approx. Weight

Feels Normal

Skier Level

Intermediate - Expert

Ski Style

Frontside (Carving)

Ski Width

Regular

Ski Shape

Directional

Camber Profile

Rocker/Camber

Core Material

Titanal

Turning Radius

16m @ 174cm

Manufactured in

Austria

On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Hard Snow

Versatility

Some

Playfulness

Limited

Powder

Poor

Carving

Great

Speed

Average

Uneven Terrain

Poor

Switch

Poor

Moguls

Good

Trees

Poor

Jumps

Poor

Jibbing

Poor

Pipe

Poor