2019-2020 Blizzard Rustler 10

Ski: 2019-2020 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm

Available Lengths: 164, 172, 180, 188 cm

Blister’s Measured Tip-to-Tail Length: 186.2 cm

Blister’s Measured Weight per Ski: 2120 & 2134 grams

Stated Dimensions: 135.5-104-125.5 mm

Blister’s Measured Dimensions: 135.3-103.5-125.3 mm

Stated Sidecut Radius (188 cm): 19 meters

Measured Tip & Tail Splay (ski decambered): 73 mm / 41 mm

Measured Traditional Camber Underfoot: 3 mm

Core: ISO/poplar/beech/paulownia/balsa + partial titanal layer + carbon tips / tails + fiberglass laminate

Base: sintered

Factory Recommended Mount Point: -7.2 cm from center; 85.9 cm from tail

Luke Koppa reviews the Blizzard Rustler 10 for Blister
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Review Navigation:  Specs //  First Look //  Bottom Line //  Rocker Pics

Intro

The Rustler 10 has served as Blizzard’s mid-fat, playful all-mountain ski for the past two seasons, and they’re tweaking it for 19/20 (the Rustler 9, Rustler 11, and women’s Sheeva skis return unchanged, apart from graphics).

When we reviewed the previous version of the Rustler 10, several of us got along very well with it, but we also thought there was room for improvement. Particularly, the Rustler 10 didn’t feel all that stable at speed, which we thought limited its versatility for inbounds use.

Well, Blizzard says that the new version of the ski is supposed to be more stable at speed, while still retaining much of the playfulness and accessibility of the previous version. Let’s take a closer look at the new ski’s design to see what this actually translates to in reality.

Shape / Rocker Profile

The Rustler 10’s shape and rocker profile remain the same in the 19/20 version. It’s still got a pretty minimal amount of taper — especially for a ski in the “more playful” end of the spectrum. Skis like the Moment Wildcat 108, ON3P Woodsman 108, and Line Sick Day 104 all have notably more tip and tail taper.

The Rustler 10’s rocker profile isn’t quite as traditional, with pretty deep rocker lines at both the tips and tails. Its tail isn’t quite a true twin, but at 41 mm, its tail splay is still pretty high. Compared to the Blizzard Cochise and Bonafide (Blizzard’s more directional options in this category), the Rustler 10 has deeper rocker lines and a lot more tail splay. Compared to more freestyle-oriented skis like the ON3P Jeffrey 108 and Prior Northwest 110, the Rustler 10’s rocker profile is a bit mellower (shallower lines and less splay). But, again, the Rustler 10’s rocker profile is more similar to more playful skis than it is to more traditional, directional ones.

Flex Pattern

Here’s how we’d characterize the flex pattern of the Rustler 10:

Tips: 7
Shovels: 7-8
In Front of Toe Piece: 9-9.5
Underfoot: 10
Behind the Heel Piece: 9.5-9
Tails: 7

The flex pattern of the 19/20 Rustler 10 does not feel very different compared to the 17/18–18/19 Rustler 10. The new ski is a tiny bit stiffer around the bindings and a bit softer at the very end of the tail (only the last ~6 cm). Other than that, they’re basically the same in terms of flex pattern.

Overall, the Rustler 10 is a pretty strong ski, given that it’s designed to be a pretty playful and easy ski. It’s definitely not super burly — its tips and tails are still quite accessible, and it’s significantly softer at the end of the ski compared to more directional skis like the Cochise. But there are plenty of skis in this class that are notably softer than the Rustler 10.

Dimensions

No real change here, except that Blizzard is now listing stated dimensions for the 188 cm version that are more in line with our measured dimensions. For our pairs, the old and new 188 cm Rustler 10 have nearly the exact same measured dimensions (within a tenth of a millimeter).

Sidecut Radius

Since the dimensions didn’t change, neither did the sidecut radius. One of our primary issues with the Rustler 10 was that it often felt “hooky” when making big, fast turns, so we’re curious to see if the change that Blizzard did make will still be able to address this without a change to the sidecut.

Weight

This is the biggest change for 19/20.

The previous version of the Rustler 10 was quite light for its size, coming in around 1964 grams per ski for the 188 cm version.

The new version is heavier, coming in at an average weight of 2127 grams per ski for the 188 cm version.

Looking at the current market, the 19/20 Rustler 10 now sits around the middle of the spectrum when it comes to weight, rather than being on the lighter end like the previous version. There are still many skis that are heavier than the Rustler 10, but the new skis’ weight puts it more in line with dedicated inbounds skis, whereas the previous version’s low weight grouped it in more with 50/50 skis that you’d use inside the resort and in the backcountry.

It’s also interesting to see that the new Rustler 10 now comes in heavier than the wider Rustler 11.

For reference, here are a number of our measured weights (per ski in grams) for some notable skis. Keep in mind the length differences to try to keep things apples-to-apples.

1642 & 1651 Renoun Citadel 106, 185 cm, (18/19)
1806 & 1862 Armada Tracer 108, 180 cm (19/20)
1828 & 1842 Elan Ripstick 106 Black Edition, 188 cm (19/20)
1848 & 1903 Line Sick Day 104, 186 cm (17/18–19/20)
1849 & 1922 Elan Ripstick 106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
1913 & 1943 Sego Condor Ti, 187 cm (18/19)
1923 & 1956 DPS Alchemist Wailer 106, 189 cm (17/18–18/19)
1950 & 1977 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (17/18–18/19)
1996 & 2012 Dynastar Legend X106, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2005 & 2035 Liberty Origin 106, 187 cm (19/20)
2010 & 2018 J Skis Vacation, 186 cm (18/19–19/20)
2011 & 2028 Moment Wildcat 108, 184 cm (19/20)
2013 & 2013 Moment Commander 108, 188 cm (18/19)
2018 & 2045 RMU North Shore 108, 185 cm (18/19–19/20)
2022 & 2047 Faction Dictator 3.0, 186 cm (17/18–18/19)
2026 & 2056 Black Diamond Boundary Pro 107, 184 cm (17/18–18/19)
2030 & 2039 Rossignol Soul 7 HD, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2034 & 2052 Blizzard Rustler 11, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2046 & 2120 Black Crows Corvus, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2096 & 2100 Salomon QST 106, 181 cm (19/20)
2101 & 2104 Fischer Ranger 102 FR, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2110 & 2119 Moment Wildcat 108, 190 cm (19/20)
2112 & 2125 4FRNT MSP 107, 187 cm (18/19–19/20)
2120 & 2134 Blizzard Rustler 10, 188 cm (19/20)
2143 & 2194 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 184 cm (18/19–19/20)
2165 & 2211 K2 Mindbender 108Ti, 186 cm (19/20)
2165 & 2219 Icelantic Nomad 105, 191 cm (19/20)
2182 & 2218 Nordica Enforcer 110, 185 cm (17/18–19/20)
2188 & 2190 Prior Northwest 110, 190 cm (19/20)
2190 & 2268 Armada ARV 106Ti LTD, 188 cm (18/19–19/20)
2202 & 2209 Shaggy’s Ahmeek 105, 186 cm (19/20)
2218 & 2244 Volkl Mantra 102, 184 cm (19/20)
2232 & 2244 ON3P Woodsman 108, 187 cm (19/20)
2233 & 2255 Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, 186 cm (19/20)
2241 & 2295 4FRNT Devastator, 184 cm (14/15–18/19)
2250 & 2307 Argent Badger, 184 cm (19/20)
2283 & 2290 ON3P Wrenegade 108, 189 cm (18/19–19/20)
2312 & 2386 Prior Husume, 188 cm (17/18–19/20)
2318 & 2341 J Skis The Metal, 186 cm (16/17–18/19)
2321 & 2335 Fischer Ranger 107 Ti, 189 cm (19/20)
2376 & 2393 Blizzard Cochise, 185 cm (15/16–19/20)

Some Questions / Things We’re Curious About

(1) Our biggest question is just how much more stable the new Rustler 10 will feel compared to the previous version? Should we still think of it as a quick, lively, and easy ski? Or is it now some sort of charger?

(2) On that note, how similar will the new Rustler 10 feel to some of the heavier skis in this class like the Nordica Enforcer 104 Free, Fischer Ranger 102 FR, and Icelantic Nomad 105?

(3) With its heavier weight, will the new Rustler 10 feel notably more demanding or difficult to ski?

Bottom Line (For Now)

The updated Blizzard Rustler 10 takes an easy, playful ski and looks to give it an upgrade in stability. We’re eager to see exactly how big that difference is, and will be getting the new Rustler 10 on snow as soon as possible during this upcoming season.

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2 comments on “2019-2020 Blizzard Rustler 10”

  1. Hi Luke, I am looking for a stiff all-mountain skis for short back country trips (weight around 1700-1900 grams). I am 175cm and 76kg (168 lbs) and I really like the speed. My current skis are Atomic Vantage 100 CTI 180cm. Since conditions here (Slovakia and Austrian Alps) are usually not really pillow-y, I am looking for some hard and fast chargers like Nordica Enforcer for hard pack and some powder as well, but bit lighter (because of back country). I am thinking of Blizzard Rustler 10 (but they seems bit too heavy), Head Kore 99 (looks really good but unknown territory), Fischer Ranger 98 Ti (proved model and good review) or Black Crows Daemon (good looking candidate but probably a bit heavy). Also K2 Wayback 96 looks good, but these are maybe too light and soft. It is quite difficult to choose only from internet reviews when not holding the skis. Also weight differentiates in reviews. Would you have some advice on the stiffness of the skis, weight and your overall opinion? My preference in order: Stability at Speed, Float, Playfulness, Versatility, Carving. Thank you very much.

  2. Hi Luke
    I’m looking for a replacement for my Faction Agent 100 which I really liked in all conditions. Comparing the Rustler 10 and the Black Crows Navis Freebird, whats your recommendation to go with? Thanks for your advice!

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