The Blizzard Rustler 10 review dives deep into this exceptional all-mountain ski ideal for people who love groomers, bumps, and trees.
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Review: 2023 Blizzard Rustler 10 Skis
Welcome to the Buyers Guide section of bigwheelblading.com, which provides everything you need to make informed purchases online. Many ski options are available, but researching and finding the ones that meet your needs can be overwhelming. I am an avid East Coast skier living in Vermont who calls Burke Mountain their home. The goal of these reviews are to share my knowledge and experience to save you time and frustration.
Blizzard Rustler 10 Review
The Blizzard Rustler 10 are nimble and durable skis suitable for intermediate to expert skiers who love groomers and bumps and will withstand abuse when exploring natural terrain and hopping around trees. They are playful, maneuverable, energetic, and remarkably fast for all-mountain freeride skis. Its stiff underfoot allows for fun in most conditions. They are an ideal ski for steep terrain, moguls, and trees thanks to their rockered tip and tail. Which helps them float in powder and allows for fast pivot turns.
Even though they are rockered on both ends, they are very flexible. The flex will allow your entire edge to hold well when you carve. The energy stored during the carve easily pops the ski from turn to turn, giving them a speedy and light feel. Both narrow and wide turns are effortless to perform on these skis. If you are light on your feet and can bend deep in your knees, you can push the Rustler 10 exceptionally hard on any terrain and conditions you may come across on the mountain. If you are someone who skis switch, you’ll love how easy these are to control and how well they handle.
The Blizzard Rustler 10 has outstanding control at high speeds on groomers, allowing you to charge straight down the fall line without a worry. They adapt well to terrain changes and slow down quickly when needed. The ski is relatively stiff underfoot and eliminates most underfoot chatter. However, significant speed on hardpack and icy terrain can cause slight chatter on the tips and tails, but it does not affect your control. They are exceptionally stable in soft snow with no noticeable chatter. And when it comes to crud, they will break right through it with no issues.
These skis are not designed to be used as a park ski and do not perform well on grinds, yet they pop well off of jumps and are stable on landings. It can handle some decent cliff drops and is a dream in the backcountry. Although I have used these skis many times for skinning up resorts and short backcountry touring, they are too heavy for long tours, and I was pretty exhausted going up Mount Washington with them. If you are looking for a dedicated touring ski, I recommend looking into the Blizzard Zero G 105.
The Rustler 10 is a great all-around ski for hardpack, carving on ice, and cutting through crud; it also performs exceptionally well in a foot or two of powder. When skiing deeper powder, it will help if you are a strong skier to keep you out of the back seat when going from turn to turn. It is a great ski to add to your quiver for hunting powder on the East Coast, but it will make you an excellent everyday ski if you live on the West Coast or in Utah. The only time the Rustler 10 does not excel is when skiing fast in choppy skied-out snow, which can cause the tips to bounce around, requiring you to pull back and slow down.
If you are looking for a deep-carving ski or the perfect all-mountain one-quiver ski for the East Coast, I recommend the Blizzard Rustler 9. If you are a skier who wants to carve turns on groomed terrain and spend most of your time doing that, then I recommend the Blizzard Brahma 88. I recommend pairing any of these skis with Marker Griffon 13 ID 110 bindings.
The Blizzard Rustler 10 has been my go-to skis for the past three seasons, and I love how diverse they are in handling variable conditions in groomers, bumps, and glades. My favorite thing to ski is in the trees and downhill mountain bike trails, where they perform like a dream. They are excellent carvers, super agile, float in powder, and do almost anything you ask.
Unfortunately, Vermont’s conditions have been poor this winter due to the lack of natural snow, so I’ve been skiing groomers way more than I’d prefer. Although these perform well on groomers and have been my one-quiver ski, I’d prefer a skinnier ski for our current conditions. If you are fortunate enough to spend most of your time skiing powder, then the Rustler 10 would be a great ski for you.
- 164 – 172 – 180 – 188
- Quick turner
- Skis well on all terrain
- Easy for riding switch
- Freeride orientated
- Lots of energy in the turns
- Floats nicely
- Calm and stable at high speeds
- Can arc turns
- Excellent Edge grip
- Blizzard has excellent customer service
- Not the best for icy slopes
- Less stable in bad snow
- Some vibrations at high speed