The Blizzard SRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX ski is the top SL ski offer from Blizzard, aside from the dedicated FIS model. Don’t be fooled by how it looks nor by the idiotic piston in the middle of the plate. This is a very nice SL ski. As any other Slalom ski, it just wants to turn and turn, and turn once again.
The wide shovel will guide us inside every twirl easily, while the somewhat wider waist (70mm under the foot) will make things a bit easier for most users. Those experienced Slalom maniacs will enjoy this ski, although a narrower profile would have been more pleasant for them.
The construction method is classic and one of the most prolific in the top series of every major brand. Sandwich construction composed by a core wood, fiber, metal layers, and some magic notes called Marketing.
If you are reading this article, it is very likeky that you already know that this is the Blizzard’s Slalom flagship model. And of course it has all the goodies you may expect from a major brand. As in every good Slalom ski, the Blizzard SRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX has a nice chunky tip protector attached by three screws and some high spec glue.
The binding is a Power 14 TCX as Blizzard states, although it is manufactured by Marker. And it could well be a rebranded and improved 12.0 Glide Control D-System. Its biggest problem is the piston, which is extremely ridiculous. It can be a very compelling addition for some, but for many it will be just the opposite. Slalom skis are very desired pieces for great skiers and specially for those willing to become one of them. This “look at me, how super-cool I am” thing the piston is screaming at the future customer, is a very risky decision and, from my point of view, a very wrong one. Too much placebo.
As mentioned above, the Blizzard SRC Racing S has a classic sandwich construction. The tail has a remarkable sharp end, showing it’s pure SL character. This aspect is one of the key features between SL skis focused to a narrow or wide client target. The more rounded tail shapes are usually indicated for less experienced skiers. On the other hand, the narrower and sharper shapes are for those skiers with advanced skills.
Blizzard has some sanity in their branding features. The ski’s natural arch is called “Full Camber”, which is a way to explain that this ski hasn’t got any rocker at all. However, since everyone is talking about the reverse camber (the so-called rocker), nowadays Blizzard has found the need to clearly indicate this in their brochure.
Overall, this is a pure Slalom ski for the general public, but is obviously dedicated to those good skiers around the globe. It will be a very nice choice for those willing to make a thousand turns in every single one of their runs. This ski will put a smile in their face at the end of the day.