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Blizzard Rustler 10 Review

The unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may be
Blizzard Rustler 10
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Price:  $700 List | $699.95 at REI
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Pros:  Powerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turns
Cons:  Some vibration, sometimes feels soft
Manufacturer:   Blizzard
By Bobby Garrett ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 27, 2021
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#5 of 10
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 6
  • Carving Ability - 20% 5
  • Powder Performance - 20% 10
  • Crud Performance - 20% 7
  • Terrain Playfulness - 20% 7

Our Verdict

The Blizzard Rustler 10 was only a handful of points shy of winning the Editors' Choice Award but did earn our Top Pick award for Powder skiing. It's part of a fantastic line of skis from Blizzard tasked with replacing the previous Peacemaker and Gunsmoke models. They were big shoes to fill, but Blizzard managed to do it. The Rustler 10 comes as a burly platform more experienced aggressive skiers will appreciate. This beast is made to push the limits and help you connect with the fresh pow stashes from your dreams.

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Pros Powerful float, stable at speed, can arc or smear turnsStable, confidence inspiring, magnetic ride qualityStiff, explosive, carving machineBurly construction, feels extremely well madePlayful, responsive, versatile
Cons Some vibration, sometimes feels softDampHeavyHeavy, requires a strong and confident skierVibrates at high speeds, overly soft tip
Bottom Line The unique rocker/camber profile and wider 102-millimeter waist width promote versatile performance wherever your powder stash may beWith these on your feet, you'll be ready for anything the mountain has coming at youA combination of raw explosive power and stability puts this ski well ahead of the competition for carving and is ideal for even the firmest snow daysThis big, burly ski requires a strong pilot but rewards you with equally strong performancePlayful and adventurous, this ski is also manageable and forgiving. It encouraged us to explore the changing terrain over the whole mountain
Rating Categories Blizzard Rustler 10 Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Black Crows Justis Faction Dictator 2.0
Stability At Speed (20%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
Carving Ability (20%)
5.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
7.0
Powder Performance (20%)
10.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
Crud Performance (20%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Terrain Playfulness (20%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Blizzard Rustler 10 Volkl M6 Mantra Nordica Enforcer 94 Black Crows Justis Faction Dictator 2.0
Waist Width (mm) 102 96 94 100 96
Shape (Tip-Waist-Tail) (mm) 133-104-122.5 135-96-119 127-94-115.5 138-100-123 127-96-117
Available Lengths (cm) 164, 172, 180, 188 163, 170, 177, 184, 191 165, 172, 179, 186,191 171.3, 177.4, 183.1, 189.3 163, 171, 179, 187
Length Tested (cm) 180 177 179 177.4 179
Radius (m) 17.5 30-18-24 17.1 20 19
Rocker Style Tip-Tail Rocker Tip-Tail Rocker Rocker/Camber/Rocker Progressive front Rocker/Classic Camber/Slight rear Rocker Tip Rocker/Freeride Flat Tail
Mfr. Claimed Weight (Per Pair Unmounted) (pounds) Unavailable Unavailable 8.9 lbs 9.5 lbs 8.2 lbs
Core Material Multi-layer Woodcore/Carbon Fiberglass/Titanal Poplar/Beech/Double Titanal Woodcore/Double Titanal Poplar/Fiberglass/Double Titanal Poplar Woodcore/Double Titanal

Our Analysis and Test Results

Blizzard has been around since the 1940s but has only recently started to become one of our go-to companies when picking great skis to review. They're known for producing hard-charging skis that love to go fast and have recently been creating skis that are more multidimensional. The Blizzard Rustler 10 is an excellent example of the progress Blizzard has made in making a tremendous all-mountain ski that is suitable for most skill levels.

The Blizzard Rustler 10 is made for deep and soft snow days due to its waist width and shape alone. We found versatility in this ski's ability as well, even on days that started out with dust on crust. Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore D.R.T Technology is responsible for the Rustler 10's consistent and progressive flex even at higher speeds through long powder lines.

Performance Comparison


Big day? Grab the Rustler 10 and get out there.
Big day? Grab the Rustler 10 and get out there.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Stability at Speed


Stability at speed is one of the Rustler 10's worst scoring categories, but it still put up a respectable score. That should tell you something about the all-around abilities of this ski. The main critique our testers had of the Rustler 10 was that it couldn't open it up with as much confidence as some of the skis we tested, and that confidence decreased as the snow began to firm up.


All that aside, the Rustler 10 can still perform well at speed, and blew away similar soft snow-oriented competition in this category. At 102 millimeters underfoot, it's hard for this ski to truly compete with some of its skinnier competitors. Some chatter and vibrations are definitely apparent at high speed on firm snow. Keep your expectations realistic and the Rustler 10 should impress you as it impressed us.

Burlier than previous models, we explored the mountain with...
Burlier than previous models, we explored the mountain with confidence on the Rustler 10.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Carving Ability


Don't shy away from laying this ski over just because it is 102 millimeters underfoot. It is quicker edge to edge than you might expect. You may even forget you're on a mid-fat ski. While not our first choice for a carving ski, the Rustler 10 is an absolute blast to carve. The 17.5-meter radius is flexible enough for both short and longer turns back to the lift.


Again, some skis that were built specifically with on-piste performance in mind scored higher in this category. The edge hold from the Rustler 10 is quite good, and the pop when transitioning between edges gives the ski an incredibly quick and light feel. This ski wants to turn and is much more responsive than most of the other playful skis we tested. Overall, the carving performance of these skis is fantastic and shined on fresh soft groomers.

Much wider than your traditional groomer ski, the Rustler 10 is...
Much wider than your traditional groomer ski, the Rustler 10 is still quite stable and a joy to trench turns back to the lift on.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Powder Performance


Powder day is a synonym for Rustler 10. There's no point in overthinking it. Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore D.R.T Technology really shines through and helped us feel stable and nimble even in deep and heavy powder. The Rustler 10 maintains its progressive ski flex quality even in these deep conditions which cannot be said for other skis in this category. At 102 millimeters underfoot and 133 millimeters at the tip, this ski kept us floating on top even on those white room days.


Whether you are charging through blower pow in tight trees, or a windswept open backbowl, the Rustler 10 will keep up and urged us to keep the throttle down. Previous versions of this ski have been described as forgiving or poppy. This year's model is a bit more burly feeling which helps with blasting through wind drifts and heavy snow. Staying centered over this ski through the powder helped us access and maintain top speed. We think the athletic and experienced skier will be able to keep this animal under control. The Rustler 10 was made for this category, and you should be reaching for this ski any time your local hill gets a delivery from mother nature.

The 102-millimeter width underfoot allows this ski to easily stay...
The 102-millimeter width underfoot allows this ski to easily stay afloat on deep powder days.
Photo: Bobby Garrett

Crud Performance


The Rustler 10 was surprising in this category. After feeling the relatively soft flex in the tips and noticing quite a bit of rocker upfront, most of our testers predicted that the tips would deflect off the crud and generate lots of chatter. We were stoked to be proven wrong.


Although you may have to ski a bit more aggressively on the Rustler 10 compared to our top performer to make it through the crud, our testers found it easy to keep the ski on track with a bit of extra effort. Clearly better suited for more consistently soft snow, crud is a category that we could at least manage confidently with this ski. Plenty of big pow days involve some traversing or climbing through some ugliness and we were happy to be strapped into the Rustler 10 for those days.

Built wide for soft open terrain, the Rustler 10 is versatile enough...
Built wide for soft open terrain, the Rustler 10 is versatile enough to easily navigate tighter, firmer, chopped-up terrain.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Terrain Playfulness


The Rustler 10 is just as playful as some other top performers in the men's all-mountain ski category. It has just the right mix of pop, flex profile, and nimbleness that translates into a super playful ski that makes every hit and drop more fun than the next.


The pop we've seen from these skis in other categories is most evident when taking these skis into the air, and it reminds us of the pop we feel with some others. The soft tip is very forgiving on the takeoff and landing, while the tail, which is slightly stiffer, allows for the perfect amount of give on your landing. Although none of the skis we tested are true park skis, the Rustler 10 may give your skinny twin tips a run for their money.

Having fun playing around on the Rustler 10.
Having fun playing around on the Rustler 10.
Photo: Scott Rokis

Value


The overall performance from a true soft-snow-oriented ski is impressive in the Rustler 10. Blizzard has clearly done a great job once again in combining high-level build quality and proven technologies. The result is a product capable of getting outside its comfort zone. Overall, an excellent offering from Blizzard.

Conclusion


The Blizzard Rustler 10 is an amazing all-mountain ski that is capable of pushing its own limits. It is light and soft enough to swing around in the air or tight terrain. The skis are stable and predictable while carving or smearing around the hill. It can feel a bit unstable at the highest of speeds but generally holds together well, even in poor conditions. Our testers fell in love with the Rustler 10, and we often found ourselves arguing over whose turn it was to ride them. Don't let these skis tear your crew apart — go ahead and buy a pair for each of you.

Bobby Garrett

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