I haven’t had enough time on the Peacemaker in this department yet (or any other ski this season), so for now, this section will be short, and all of my reviews will see updates in the coming weeks.
From my experience so far, the Peacemaker is an aggressive, freestyle-minded, all-mountain skier’s dream.
Gnarly in-runs and funky take-offs feel much smoother than they do on most other skis in this category. The ski’s swingweight is average to slightly above average, certainly not as light as that of the 188cm Rossi Soul 7 or 184 Line SFB, but fairly similar to the 190 Salomon Rocker2 108 and 190 Line SFB. Once I dialed in the mounting location, nose and tail presses were also predictable and smooth. Much like the Gunsmoke I rode late last season, the butter-ability has been a bit of a surprise, given the feel of the firmer flex while skiing otherwise.
In soft conditions there is no question I would prefer to be on either the Soul 7 or 184 SFB for all-out playfulness, but if you are looking for a ski that is able to throw-down well in all conditions, the Peacemaker would be my first recommendation, especially for an experienced, aggressive driver, with a home mountain that has great terrain separating airs.
The “recommended” line on the Peacemaker is at ~ -6cm from true center. Honestly, at that location the ski felt borderline terrifying on firm, wide open slopes, such Alta’s High Rustler after a long stretch of high pressure. From this position, the skis offered very little support through the completion of each turn, and offered little energy in the transition to a new turn.
And in terms of freestyle performance, at around -6cm, the ski wasn’t really playful at all; the swingweight felt super unbalanced, nose presses were nearly impossible, etc. It was just off. So, after a couple days of familiarization, it was time to start moving the bindings around, and I jumped up to +1, +2, and maxed out the Jester demo track at +2.5cm from the recommended line over the next few days.
From my somewhat limited experience, if I were mounting these skis up for myself as an all-mountain tool, I’d probably aim for 2.5cm in front of the recommended line (-3.5 from center). Here, I still found the skis provided enough float in 10-12” of new snow, I felt comfortable motoring through crud, and the skis were still playful—they felt good in the air, and I could nose and tail press with approximately the same amount of effort in either direction.
For anyone who is more freestyle-oriented and thinking they’d like to go further forward toward center, all I can say is that at +2.5 I definitely didn’t feel like I had reached the limit (besides that of the binding adjustment), so take that for what it’s worth.
I wouldn’t recommend that anyone mount much behind +2 from recommended. (If you are looking for a directional ski to charge on and want to mount the Peacemaker a mile behind center, you are looking at the wrong ski; if you want a more traditional, yet still light and playful ski, take a look at the 182 Black Diamond Zealot.)
Comparison Summary: Blizzard Peacemaker vs. Line SFB vs. Rossi Soul 7
With the currently available skis that I’ve ridden, I find myself breaking my favorites skis of this playful 100-110 underfoot category into snow conditions. For primarily powder and soft crud, I’d choose to go out on the Soul 7; for firm conditions, unquestionably I’d reach for the Peacemaker; and if I had to pick one of the skis to cover the most of those two areas, including riding park, it would still be the 184cm LINE Sir Francis Bacon.
Bottom Line / Who’s It For?
More aggressive / powerful skiers than myself will definitely love the addition of the Peacemaker to this 100-110mm freestyle, all-mountain twin category.
And anyone who found the Rossi Soul 7, Salomon Rocker2 108, or the Line Sir Francis Bacon a little too weak, the Peacemaker may be what you are looking for.
And lighter skiers who like the feel of the Cochise or Bonafide, but wished they were a little looser and offered a bit more forgiveness, this is your ski.
You can now read Will Brown’s 2nd Look on the Peacemaker, with comparisons to the very similar Moment PB&J.
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