This Ski Is A Staff Favorite:
The Rustler 10 and 11 became instant shop favorites last winter, with their delectable balance of power and playfulness. That's why we had a proper fight over who would get to test out the new, skinnier Rustler 9 at Copper Mountain in February. I won, of course, because I'm strongest and bravest. And I wasn't disappointed. The Rustler 9 is a perfect complement to its fatter brothers, with more edge-to-edge quickness and groomed snow precision in exchange for giving up a little float in deeper snow. It holds an edge with the best in its category, and is more nimble than the other Rustlers in tight spaces. Out West here, it's more of a frontside ski--but the Rustler 9 will be a perfect daily driver on the East Coast and Midwest. Just don't try to fight me for it.
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2020 Blizzard Rustler 9 Description:
Ever had a multi-tool that you absolutely loved and took everywhere? You probably raved about the features. The saw! The can opener! The pliers! The blades! The screwdriver! The Rustlers are those skis: they do everything. The narrowest version, the Rustler 9, is the most optimized of the bunch for on-trail crushing. Built with metal that tapers to carbon toward the tips and tails, it combines torsional rigidity and strong edge-hold underfoot with buttery smoothness in the front and back. Lightweight, the Rustler 9 has a medium-soft flex for a ski with metal, and it skis playfully in powder. It's also an excellent bump ski, with a nimble design that makes it quick edge-to-edge. On groomers, it wants to make snappy carved turns, and it feels solid in tight chutes and steeps. Expert skiers rave about the Rustler 9 as a narrower one-ski-quiver, and intermediates find accessible skis with a high ceiling. We just keep skiing on them. Similar skis: Nordica Enforcer 93, Kastle FX96 HP, Volkl Mantra M5.
2020 Blizzard Rustler 9 Specs: