Blizzard has released a new version of the Samba for this winter season and it is just catching up with its men's counterpart, the Bonafide, that received a technology update last year. The new Samba is very similar to the previous version but has received some "Carbon Flipcore" technology that seems to make the ski slightly more stiff and responsive. Our testers tried it out this winter and are pleased with the changes. Coming in at a reasonable of $650 the Samba receives our Best Buy Award for a more advanced to expert ski.
Our testers who like big mountain off-piste terrain really liked the Samba, stating it performs well in the chop and responds well to an aggressive skier. We also discovered it carves relatively well and the carbon update creates better edge hold and injects some spring into its step.
Unfortunately, Blizzard has discontinued the Samba and it is no longer available on their website. If you're interested in scooping up these skis you'd better hurry - some websites still have them in stock at a deeply discounted price! Blizzard
informed us that the current freeride skis available for women include the Sheeva 11, Sheeva 10 and Black Pearl in a 98, 88, and 78. We have not yet tested any of these models, but testing on the Black Pearl 98 is underway!