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.
Blizzard SRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX © Blizzard – Tecnica Group S.p.A.
The Blizzard WRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX (flat with plate, as said in the brand’s brochure to give it an even longer name) is the second GS-like ski in the Blizzard’s Race range. It is quite similar to its brother, the Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston. It is a more comfortable ski in an everyday use condition, although one should keep in mind this is still a demanding ski with a quite noticeable racing touch.
The size offer comes in four lenghts, going from 167cm for the shortest to 182cm for the longest, through 172cm and 176cm lengths as the intermediates. If we compare the Blizzard WRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX to its “older” brother, we’ll see the 167cm and the 172cm lengths are the new additions here, and the 186cm is the missing one.
Blizzard WRC Racing S + Power 14 TCX © Blizzard – Tecnica Group S.p.A.
The Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston is one of the few good GS cheater skis available in the market today. Why cheater? Let me explain. The proper GS skis are the ones following the FIS rules. However, those rules are specific for competition and they are never intended for the general public. Because of that, all major brands split up their race ranges in two: one following the FIS standards and the other for the masses not following FIS rules. This way everyone is happy, specially those who really support this industry, the tourists.
Blizzard WRC Racing WC Piston
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The Dynastar Speed Omeglass Pro R20 Racing is the high-end Slalom offering from Dynastar. The Omeglass brand is very well known in the market. It has defined the SL skis line at Dynastar for the past ten years. Anyone who hears it immediately knows what´s all about. Infinite, precise and powerful turns.
Its profile is the typical from an SL ski with a deep sidecut, a generous shovel and in this particular model a very sharp shaped tail. You won´t see a narrower end, sharper and more “extreme” tail in the Slalom market than in the Dynastar Speed Omeglass Pro R20 Racing. In fact, it is so “long” that the effective edge length is a bit shorter than in other skis. With a 119mm. wide tip, we will turn easily while keeping the accuracy at the entrance of every turn. A waist of 67mm. falls in between the thinnest ones at 63-64mm. and the widest ones at 71-72mm. wide. This profile leaves the theorical turn radius in just 12 meters, which is obviously good for a Slalom ski.
Dynastar Speed Omeglass Pro R20 Racing
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The Dynastar Speed Course Pro R20 Racing is Dynastar’s doorway into the GS range. A ski with an odd sidecut profile and a strange radius for a GS-like ski. Yes, the general public needs and deserves a softened version of the real FIS model, but this time Dynastar could have gone too far.
A more than generous 125mm. shovel, a big 106mm. tail and an astonishingly wide waist of 76mm. conform the Dynastar Speed Course Pro R20 sidecut profile. The result is a 16-meter radius for a GS-like ski, which isn´t the expected nor the required.
Dynastar Speed Course Pro R20 Racing
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