The only prescription you'll need this winter.
Powder skiing gets most of the glory, but tearing up perfect corduroy is an under-appreciated art. Like any good artist, you need the right tools to do your best work, and you won't find anything better than the Blizzard Quattro RX Ski, which comes equipped with the Marker Race Xcell 14 Binding. Marker designed the Quattro line to dominate firm conditions, and even though the RX is the widest board in the family (tied with the 8.4 Ti), it's an animal when it comes to edge hold and torsional stability. The majority of the RX's power comes from its IQ Sandwich Sidewall construction, which gives the ski a fun but stable feel and prevents it from twisting and feeling squirrely when you're railing GS turns as high speeds.
Titanal and carbon fiber laminates provide some extra dampness and energy, letting you roll from edge to edge and rip turns like a racer, while the two millimeters of early rise in the tip make turn initiation smooth and easy, so you don't feel like your skis hang up or won't turn when you want them to. Blizzard also engineered the Quattro with its IQ binding mounting system, which allows for easy adjustments and provides unparalleled vibration dampening, sensitivity, and control, so you can feel exactly what your skis are doing without worrying about getting rattled to death when you're pinching the throttle on firm morning groomers.
- Camber underfoot with an early-rise tip
- IQ Sandwich Sidewall construction
- Wood core
- Titanal and carbon fiber laminates
- IQ binding interface
- Marker Race Xcell 14 Binding
- 6-14 DIN range
- Q & A
Amazing All Mountain Skis
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Having used these skis for most of this season I thought I'd share a few thoughts. I'm up on the slopes a day or two every week through all types of terrain and conditions. Bumps, trees, off-piste, powder, groomers, icy, rainy, and blue-bird days - I've managed to put these skis through a little bit of everything so far. Short version, I love them.
These skis are beasts and I feel like they've elevated my game. I got the 167cm pair, but would probably have had an easier transition from my old pair with the 174s. The shorter turning radius took a couple of days to get used to but they're nimble as f**k if you let them turn when they want, but carve big wide turns on the corduroy on demand.
They're stable at speed, edge like crazy, handle crud pretty well, with decent float in powder. I was planning on getting a 2nd pair of back-country skis but haven't felt the need yet.
Anyway, I'm rambling. I see a lot of RX demo's for sale now that the season's ending. I'd say go get a pair if you're looking for something that you can ski 90% of the time at the resorts.