2017-2018 Blizzard Sheeva 10

Blister reviews the Blizzard Sheeva 10
Blizzard Sheeva 10

2017-2018 Blizzard Sheeva 10, 172 cm

Available Lengths: 156, 164,172 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 170.3 cm

Stated Weight per Ski (164 cm): 1620 grams ± 50 grams

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 1709 & 1710 grams

Stated Dimensions: 131.5-102-121.5 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 131.8-101.5-121.6 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius: 16 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 74 mm / 37 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: ~2 mm

Core:

  • Poplar/Balsa/Beech/Paulownia/ISO (Synthetic)
  • Partial Titanal Layer
  • Carbon Tips / Tails
  • Fiberglass Laminate

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.15 cm from center; 78.0 cm from tail

Intro

For the 17/18 season, Blizzard overhauled most of their freeride skis. They completely redesigned the Spur, they tweaked the Bonafide, they replaced the Peacemaker and Gunsmoke with the Rustler 10 and Rustler 11, and they also changed many of their women’s-specific skis.

Blizzard’s women’s freeride line now includes the more directional Black Pearl series (we’ll be posting our review of the Black Pearl 98 soon), and then the more playful Sheeva line, which is the women’s equivalent to the men’s Rustler series.

Blister reviewer, Julia Van Raalte, reviewed the old Sheeva a few years ago, but this year’s Sheeva 10 and 11 are all-new. So let’s take a closer look at the Sheeva 10.

Blizzard’s Description of the Sheeva 10

“The new Sheeva 10 is fun and forgiving, while offering up stability and versatility.
From pow to packed pow and anything in between, this ski will make any turn shape at any speed in any terrain effortless. Carbon flipcore D.R.T. and W.S.D. – women’s specific design – construction combine to deliver a confidence inspiring, elevated skiing experience. Who wants to work hard when you can play harder?”

We recently posted an update to our review of the Blizzard Rustler 10, which, unsurprisingly, Blizzard describes in similar terms. For the Rustler 10, we found Blizzard’s description accurate when it came to how forgiving and playful that ski is and we suspect we’ll be telling a similar story about the Sheeva 10. So really, the biggest question for us has to do with that whole “make any turn shape at any speed,” and we’re eager to see how similar or different the Sheeva 10 feels to the Rustler 10 in this regard.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Sheeva 10’s shape and rocker profile are extremely similar to the Rustler 10 — not a lot of taper, fairly deep rocker lines, and a good deal of tip splay.

We were impressed by the Rustler 10 when it came to carving performance (particularly on smooth / soft conditions) and thought it still remained pretty playful, so we’re expecting somewhat similar results from the Sheeva 10 based on its shape and profile.

Flex Pattern

Hand flexing the Sheeva 10, here is how we’d characterize its flex pattern:

Tips: 6.5-7
Shovels: 7-7.5
In Front of Toe Piece: 8-9
Underfoot: 9.5
Behind Heel Piece: 9-8
Tails: 7.5-7

This is a nice, rounded flex pattern. It does not feel demanding, but it isn’t weak, either. And compared to the wider Sheeva 11, the Sheeva 10 is just a touch stiffer through the tips and tails. The difference is subtle, and typically, it makes some sense to see the wider ski (designed to perform well in deeper conditions) be just a touch softer than the narrower ski that ought to hold up a bit better in firmer conditions.

Sidecut Radius

We felt that the defining characteristic of the Rustler 10 (sidecut radius = 19 m in 188 cm length) was its eagerness to make small- and medium-radius turns, and with a stated sidecut radius of 16 meters for the 172 cm Sheeva 10, we suspect the same will likely be true for this ski.

Weight

The old Sheeva had a stated weight of 1880 g for the 172 cm version, and the new Sheeva 10 is coming in almost 200 grams lighter than that, so we’re interested to see how stable the new Sheeva 10 is compared to the old Sheeva and to some other current women’s all-mountain skis.

For reference, here are some of our measured weights for a few other skis in this category (all measurements are in grams per ski).

1709 & 1710 Blizzard Sheeva 10, 172 cm

1635 & 1646 Blizzard Black Pearl 98, 166 cm
1651 & 1669 Moment Sierra, 172 cm
1822 & 1826 Liberty Genesis 106, 171 cm
1936 & 1956 Volkl Aura, 170 cm

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) With such a similar shape, profile, and construction, we’re interested to see how much family resemblance there is between the Sheeva 10 and the Rustler 10, and how similar or different our women’s take on the Sheeva 10 will be from our men’s take on the Rustler 10.

(2) We didn’t find the old Sheeva particularly lively or poppy, but we’d say the opposite for the new Rustler 10. So how will the new Sheeva 10 compare?

Bottom Line

The new Blizzard Sheeva 10 looks to be a playful ski that — if it does end up mirroring the performance of its sibling, the Rustler 10 — could be an intriguing option for those looking for a forgiving and intuitive ski that still offers a good bit of stability. Stay tuned for our on-snow updates, and let us know about any questions you’d like us to address in our full review.

NEXT: Rocker Profile Pics

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