This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
This ski, my friends, is a great ski. And I don't like anything. Ask around. When picking a ski, I tend to prefer fat, soft, and versatile options--which is weird, because I'm thin, rigid, and completely one-dimensional. Despite the metal reinforcement underfoot, the Rustler 11 has the perfect medium-stiff flex for a playful big mountain board, and feels surprisingly light for all its girth. And that girth is nice, too. A 112mm waist width handles all but the deepest days in the Western mountains, without sacrificing stability or mobility when conditions get sporty. I'm usually on skis that are 110-115mm wide, and the Rustler 11 is probably the one I ended up reaching for most often this winter. That's quite an endorsement from me, since I'm either a living, breathing ski expert or a very well-constructed bot.
In Depth Staff Reviews:
By: Matt McDonald
You love him. He loves skiing.
Whether or not you also ski, finding a gear gift for him can quickly prove intimidating. There’s just so much stuff
. He’s just so particular. Or maybe he just never coherently communicates what he needs or wants.
Whether he errs on the wild side or religiously sticks with that jacket you got him 20 years ago or blows you off to chase powder, we’ve got you covered.
And because you’re reading this gift guide, we know he loves you too.
For: The Trendsetter
He’s the personable one, the one cracking jokes and grabbing you a beer and laughing at himself. Those bright colors and that distinctive style mean you never lose him on the mountain. Get him a gift that keeps his party rolling.
By: Matt McDonald
Highlights from the 2019 Blizzard skis lineup:
The Old Standbys
Blizzard's classic lineup of men's skis—the Bodacious, Cochise, Bonafide, and Brahma—come back for another year of intra-mountain domination. Last year's Brahma CA has a fresh look (far right) and a new name for 2019. Say hello to the Bushwacker.
Rustling Up Winners
One of the most impressive new lines of skis a year ago was Blizzard's Rustler, known as the Sheeva on the women's side. This year, the freeride series gets even better with the addition of the Rustler 9 and the Sheeva 9 at 94mm and 92mm underfoot respectively.
The Sheeva 9 and the Rustler 9 for the most part mirror the construction of their wider associates. The chief difference: Blizzard extended the titanal underfoot to ... Continue Reading
By: Matt McDonald
Check out the women's edition of our Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 here
If you don't already, you should know a few things about the male skier(s) in your life. First, when it seems like they have enough gear, they don't. Second, the holidays are the one time of year when they're deluded enough to actually believe their "wants" carry as much weight as their "needs." And third: They will love you just for caring enough to research the skiing world's hottest gift items with them in mind—but they'll love you even more if they find one in a box in December.
So here's your guide to the holiday season, with insight from three of our lovably stereotypical ski-ployees.
Matt M's Picks
The Bargain: Continue Reading
2019 Blizzard Rustler 11 Description:
The Big Daddy of the Rustler lineup returns for 2019 unchanged. As part of the Blizzard freeride lineup, the Rustler was designed from a more progressive and softer snow point of view. The Rustler measures 112mm underfoot, making it the most powder-centric ski in the line. It's got the most rocker of the Rustlers, too, but like the others, it still holds up well on hard snow. Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore D.R.T technology incorporates a specifically designed piece of titanal, which reduces torsional strength of the tip and tail while adding stability and control underfoot. Wide without being bulky and surfy without being one-dimensional, the Rustler 11 is the ultimate high-performance powder ski.
2019 Blizzard Rustler 11 Specs: