Ski: 2017-2018 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm
Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm
Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.3 cm
Stated Weight per Sk (180 cm): 1850 grams ± 50 grams
Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski (188 cm): 1950 & 1977 grams
Stated Dimensions: 135-104-124 mm
Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.2-103.5-125.4 mm
Stated Sidecut Radius: 19 meters
Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 72 mm / 40 mm
Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3-4 mm
- Poplar/Balsa/Beech/Paulownia/ISO (Synthetic)
- Partial Titanal Layer
- Carbon Tips / Tails
- Fiberglass Laminate
Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.25 cm from center; 85.9 cm from tail
Bindings: Marker Griffon
Test Location: Arapahoe Basin, CO; Sunshine Village & Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada
Days Skied: ~13
As we noted in our First Look on the Blizzard Rustler 11, Blizzard discontinued the Peacemaker and Gunsmoke this season, and replaced them with the new Rustler 10 and 11. The Gunsmoke and Peacemaker were both skis that we thought provided an impressive mix of playfulness and stability, so as their replacements, the new Rustlers are receiving a lot of warranted attention.
Here is what Blizzard has to say about the Rustler 10:
“The new Rustler 10 with Carbon Flipcore D.R.T is the ski of choice for those looking to have fun while pushing themselves to ski better and explore all corners of the hill in any snow conditions. D.R.T. (“Dynamic Release Technology”) construction allows the skis to be playful, forgiving and versatile, with ultimate stability underfoot, letting today’s freeride skier play with the terrain and snow any way they want.”
This past spring, Jonathan Ellsworth, Sam Shaheen, Kara Williard, and I all spent some time on the Rustler 10, so we’ll be offering our initial impressions here, and will be updating this review as we continue to get more time on the ski this season.
Flex Pattern & Torsional Rigidity
The Rustler 10 has a solid platform underfoot, and softens progressively through the tips, and, to a slightly lesser extent, the tails.
We mentioned in our Winter Buyer’s Guide that we have been collaborating with professor Alexis Lussier Desbiens and his team at the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, to measure torsional rigidity and ski stiffness.
Looking at that data for the Rustler 10 and 11, they are very similar both in terms of flex profile and torsional rigidity (the Rustler 11 is about 10-15% more torsionally rigid through the middle ~50 centimeters of the ski, and the Rustler 10 is slightly stiffer through the shovels and tips).
We’d sum up its flex pattern like this:
In front of Toe Piece: 9
Behind Heel piece: 9
Shape / Rocker Profile
The Rustler 10’s 19 meter sidecut radius (in the 188 cm) is fairly tight, and all of us felt that the Rustler 10 definitely preferred shorter-radius turns.
Like the Rustler 11, the Rustler 10 doesn’t feature a ton of tip and tail taper, which is also something it shares in common with its predecessor, the Peacemaker.
The Rustler 10 has a fairly deep tip rocker line, a lot of tip splay, and less rocker and splay in the tail. Though we haven’t skied the Rustler 10 in pow yet, we’d imagine that the softer tips and deeper rocker line will make the Rustler 10 float fairly well for its width.
Compared to the Peacemaker, the Rustler 10 has a fairly similar tip rocker line, but has significantly less tail splay than the twin-tip Peacemaker. This, combined with the Rustler’s slightly more traditional mount point of -7.25 cm, make it feel a bit more directional than the Peacemaker, but the 10 still has a pretty playful profile.
At less than 2000 grams per ski in a 188 cm length, the Rustler 10 is on the lighter side of the ~105mm-underfoot all-mountain category. But interestingly, Blizzard doesn’t explicitly talk about using it as a touring ski or 50/50 ski.
For context, here are the respective weights of a number of other skis of a similar length and width:
Weight per Ski (grams):
1843 & 1847 – Head Kore 105, 189 cm
1848 & 1903 – Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm
1950 & 1977 – Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm
1957 & 1958 – Salomon QST 106, 188 cm
1970 & 1979 – Atomic Backland FR 109, 189 cm
1980 & 2016 – Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm
2042 & 2069 – Rossignol Soul 7 HD (16/17), 188 cm
2075 & 2143 – Blizzard Peacemaker, 186 cm
2318 & 2341 – J Skis The Metal, 186 cm
So, one of our main questions coming into the review was how the Rustler 10’s fairly low weight would affect its stability, and if the addition of the partial sheet of titanal would do much to counteract the lack of mass.
And now, here are our initial on-snow reports from me, Jonathan Ellsworth, Sam Shaheen, and Kara Williard.
NEXT: On-Snow Performance