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Blizzard Sheeva 10 Review

Fun in fresh snow and better than expected on-piste, this ski doesn't stack up against many of our other test skis
Blizzard Sheeva 10
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Price:  $650 List | $649.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Solid powder performer, 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
Manufacturer:   Blizzard
By Renee McCormack ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 16, 2019
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RANKED
#11 of 15
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 6
  • Carving - 20% 6
  • Crud - 20% 5
  • Powder - 20% 7
  • Playfulness - 15% 5
  • Bumps - 5% 4

Our Verdict

The Blizzard Sheeva 10 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 Pearl skis, and she imagined the Sheeva would be similar but fatter and better in powder. Unfortunately, the Sheeva is not as dependable as the Black Pearl in many metrics, and while it does float well in powder, it's not as sensational there as we'd hoped from 102mm underfoot. There is also a constant tendency towards tip-flapping that we found disconcerting.

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Pros Solid powder performer, better on hardpack than expected from width, stable under footGreat float in powder, playful, decent stabilityIncredibly versatile, easy to ski, fun and quick, only 92mm makes it nimbleA blast to ski, easy to turn, relatively stable, fantastic in powderGreat stability at high speeds, good on hard snow and crud, affordable
Cons Not great in crud, tips flap, aren't stable along the whole length of the skiMore expensive, slightly lumbering in bumpsNot the perfect powder partnerNot perfect carvers, some deflection in crudOnly for shallower pow days, needs strong skier to guide them
Bottom Line We enjoyed the Sheeva in powder, but weren't as impressed with its stability or performance in crudA great choice for a West Coast woman who loves getting out in the soft snowThe cat's out of the bag on the new Secret from Volkl - it's versatile performance makes it our favorite overall skiAn absolute ripper ski, but you don't have to yet be a ripping chick to fully enjoy themA high-quality, affordable ski for all snow conditions, including up to 6 inches of fresh powder, but it takes a strong skier to bend and maneuver them
Rating Categories Blizzard Sheeva 10 Rossignol Soul 7 HD W Volkl Secret 92 Elan Ripstick 94 W Dictator 2.0X
Stability At Speed (20%)
6
9
9
8
9
Carving (20%)
6
9
9
7
8
Crud (20%)
5
9
9
8
9
Powder (20%)
7
10
9
9
5
Playfulness (15%)
5
9
10
10
6
Bumps (5%)
4
8
9
9
5
Specs Blizzard Sheeva 10 Rossignol Soul 7... Volkl Secret 92 Elan Ripstick 94 W Dictator 2.0X
Waist Width (mm) 102 106 92 95 96
Shape 132-102-122 136-106-126 130-92-113 135-95-110 127-96-117
Available Lengths (cm) 156, 164, 172, 180 156, 164, 172, 180 149, 156, 163, 170 156, 163, 170, 177 155, 163, 171, 175, 179, 183, 187
Radius (m) 16 18 17.9 16.2 18
Rocker Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip and tail, camber underfoot Tip and tail, cambered inside edge Tip and tail, camber underfoot
Weight Per Pair (lbs) 7.0 7.7 8.2 6.7 7.9
Construction Type Sandwich compound sidewall Sandwich Full sidewall SST sidewall Sandwich
Core Material Poplar, beech, balsa, paulownia Paulownia wood Multilayer woodcore, poplar/beech Tubelite wood Paulownia & Poplar
Tested Length (cm) 172 172 170 170 171
Intended Purpose All mountain/powder All mountain powder All mountain All mountain play All mountain stability
Ability Level All Levels All levels All levels All levels Advanced/Expert

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 part of the ski under our foot felt quite solid and stable, but the lightened tips and tails (done in hopes of better powder flotation and greater ease of turning) felt insecure and frenetic. Unfortunately, this ski's buoyancy didn't seem to be enhanced enough for the sacrifice in stability.

Performance Comparison


This Blizzard ski was fun on a powder day, keeping us afloat with...
This Blizzard ski was fun on a powder day, keeping us afloat with its 102mm waist.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Stability at Speed


You can see the tips flapping on the Sheeva 10 from a mile away when you get it 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 it uncomfortable at very high speeds. The edge hold capabilities are somewhere in the middle of our test group.

We felt and saw the tips of the Sheeva flapping wildly when we...
We felt and saw the tips of the Sheeva flapping wildly when we pushed the speed, but its edge-hold underfoot on hard-pack was decent.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Carving


Once again, the stability the Sheeva displays underfoot makes it fun for carving, if you can ignore the flappity-flop of the tips. It skis a little shorter than many others in our test, and also feels surprisingly quick for its large size. The 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 center of the ski, under foot, likes to hold the edge and carve...
The center of the ski, under foot, likes to hold the edge and carve, but the tips and tails get a little loosey goosey.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Powder


The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is a floaty, fun ski in the powder, but it didn't blow us away in this metric like we'd hoped from a fat ski. "It did the job," said one tester, but didn't do it spectacularly. This ski was solid and reliable in the fresh snow but didn't inspire us to stick with this model until the last chair.

The wide 102mm waist plus rockered tips and tails help the Sheeva...
The wide 102mm waist plus rockered tips and tails help the Sheeva stay on top of deep snow.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Crud


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.

The big tips tend to get deflected in the choppy snow, and they...
The big tips tend to get deflected in the choppy snow, and they don't feel strong enough to push the chunks out of their way.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Playfulness


While the Sheeva 10 is more playful than expected from such a bulky shape, we still didn't find the responsiveness and rebound we were looking for in this ski.

Bumps


The strength this ski provides underfoot makes it ski fairly well in the bumps, despite its behemoth form. It is more spry than anticipated from its size and can move rapidly through the moguls when prodded.

Powder is where this ski has the most fun.
Powder is where this ski has the most fun.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Value


This ski can be found towards the middle to the lower end of the price range within our test group, and we think it's a reasonable value for the price and performance. However, there are other higher-scoring skis we tested in a similar price range that may suit most skiers a bit better.

Conclusion


The Blizzard Sheeva 10 is a jack of all trades, but master of none. While it was fun in fresh, soft snow, it struggled in other areas and wasn't as versatile in variable conditions as other models.

While we got a kick out of the Sheeva in fresh snow, it wasn't...
While we got a kick out of the Sheeva in fresh snow, it wasn't versatile enough to be ranked higher.
Photo: Nate Greenberg

Renee McCormack