The Blizzard Sheeva is kind of like a C-level student - it does a wide variety of things with a degree of competency, but doesn't necessarily stand out in any particular domain. Our expectations were also perhaps too high for this ski; one tester is a little obsessed with her pair of Black Pearls, and she imagined these would be the same, but fatter and better in powder. Unfortunately, they are not as dependable as the Black Pearl in many metrics, and while they do float well in powder, they're not as sensational there as we'd hoped from 102mm under foot. There is also a constant tendency towards tip-flapping that we found disconcerting.
Blizzard Sheeva 10 Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Solid powder performers, better on hardpack than expected from width, stable under foot
Cons: Not great in crud, tips flap, aren't stable along the whole length of the ski
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|Pros||Solid powder performers, better on hardpack than expected from width, stable under foot||Incredibly versatile, easy to ski, fun and quick, only 92mm makes it nimble||Great float in powder, playful, decent stability||Unparalleled stability at speed, crud-buster, lends you strength||A blast to ski, easy to turn, relatively stable, fantastic in powder|
|Cons||Not great in crud, tips flap, aren't stable along the whole length of the ski||Not the perfect powder partner||More expensive, slightly lumbering in bumps||Very pricey, prefers faster straighter lines||Not perfect carvers, some deflection in crud|
|Bottom Line||While they were fun in fresh snow, and performed better than expected on-piste given their fat waists, the Sheevas didn't stack up against many of our other test skis.||One of the most versatile skis on the market, this new Volkl is a Goldilocks ski - strong enough to battle in the crud, but soft enough for lighter mellower skiers to bend it.||A great choice for a West Coast woman who loves getting out in the soft snow.||If you like to go fast and want a one-ski quiver, this ski is absolutely worth the extra funds.||Ripping skis for ripping chicks, or those on their way to becoming one, so fun and flexible.|
|Rating Categories||Blizzard Sheeva 10||Volkl Secret 92||Rossignol Soul 7 HD W||Kastle FX95 HP||Elan Ripstick 94 W|
|Stability At Speed (20%)|
|Specs||Blizzard Sheeva 10||Volkl Secret 92||Rossignol Soul 7...||Kastle FX95 HP||Elan Ripstick 94 W|
|Intended Purpose||All mountain/powder||All mountain||All mountain powder||All mountain stability||All mountain play|
|Ability Level||All Levels||All Levels||All levels||All levels||All levels|
|Available Lengths||156, 164, 172, 180||149, 156, 163, 170||156, 164, 172, 180||173, 181, 189||156, 163, 170, 177|
|Rocker||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, camber underfoot||Tip and tail, cambered inside edge|
|Weight Per Pair (Pounds)||7.04||8.16||7.7||9.62||6.725|
|Construction Type||Sandwich compound sidewall||Full sidewall||Sandwich||Sandwich||SST sidewall|
|Core Material||Poplar, beech, balsa, paulownia||Beech & Poplar, multi layer||Paulownia wood||silver fir, beech, Titanal, fiberglass||Tubelite wood|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We felt that Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore DRT technology, which attempts to strengthen the area of the ski underfoot while "reducing the torsional strength of the tip and tail" had pretty much exactly that effect. The parts of the skis under our feet felt quite solid and stable, but the lightened tips and tips (done in hopes of better powder flotation and greater ease of turning) felt insecure and frenetic. Unfortunately, their buoyancy didn't seem to be enhanced enough for the sacrifice in stability.
Stability at Speed
You can see the tips flapping on the Sheevas from a mile away when you get them moving at higher speeds. However, there is definitely a certain steadiness underneath your feet. Alas, the front third of the ski dancing around like a frog in a blender makes them uncomfortable at very high speeds. Their edge hold capabilities are somewhere in the middle of our test group.
Once again, the stability they display underfoot makes them fun for carving, if you can ignore the flappity-flop of the tips. They ski a little shorter than many others in our test, and also feel surprisingly quick for their large size. Their edge to edge agility is impressive for something as wide as 102mm underfoot. The 16m turn radius is unusual for a ski of this width, and it provides a zippy carve when laid on edge.
The Blizzard Sheeva 10 was a floaty, fun ski in the powder, but they didn't blow us away in this metric like we'd hoped from a fat ski. "They did the job," said one tester, but didn't do it spectacularly. They were solid and reliable in the fresh snow, but didn't inspire us to stay on them until the last chair.
We'd had hopes that the Sheeva would be a goddess powerful enough to bulldoze the chop, but in fact, it gave us a pretty bouncy ride and felt very limp and feeble towards the front of the ski.
While they are more playful than expected from such a bulky shape, we still didn't find the responsiveness and rebound we were looking for in these skis.
The strength they provide under foot makes them ski fairly well in the bumps, despite their behemoth forms. They are more spry than anticipated from their size, and can move rapidly through the moguls when prodded.
They can be found towards the middle to lower end of cost within our test group, and we think it's a square deal. However, there are other higher-scoring skis for similar costs that may suit better.
The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is a jack of all trades, but master of none.
— Renee McCormack