2018 Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti 2018 Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti

2018 Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti Skis

The Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti is almost identical to the top of the line Quattro RX, but removes the extended binding plate making it slightly less aggressive. Slightly less aggressive in this case is certainly not synonymous with a lack of performance, as the Quattro 8.4 Ti delivers a responsive, distinctly high end feel. The Quattro 8.4 Ti uses both titanal laminates and carbon in its construction, which give the ski excellent stability, vibration dampening, responsiveness, and energy. Blizzard has given the ski a little more versatility thanks to the 2 mm of tip and tail rocker when compared to traditional carving skis.

Jamie Bisbee tested the 174 cm length and gave the Quattro 8.4 Ti high scores for stability, quickness, and torsional stiffness. He felt it performed best on firm snow, despite the skis 84 mm waist width, which is slightly wider than most carving skis. Because it is relatively stiff and very responsive it prefers to be on firm snow. Jamie referred to the Quattro 8.4 Ti as “a good carving ski for technical skiers” and described it as “quick edge to edge.”

Michael Rooney, who also skied the 174 cm ski, focused mostly on the skis responsiveness and its preferred terrain. He commented that they “respond well in hard snow when you really push them.” He felt that they were ideal for “wide groomers”, although did mention that he found them easy to turn on soft, small bumps and varied terrain thanks to the tip and tail rocker. While Jamie commented that they prefer being on soft snow, this was much in reference to carving performance. As Michael points out you are able to release the tail edge and pivot the ski relatively easily for such an energetic, powerful carving ski.

Joe Cutts found the ski relatively approachable and manageable considering the skis intended use, but did comment that it “still favors a strong, skilled pilot who likes to tip and rip on firm snow.” He followed that up by touching on the idea that you can relax just a little bit and the ski won’t punish you. “It lets you be in charge and also lets you take a few turns off if you want.” What he means is the ski doesn’t need to be driven at all times. Where a lot of our testers commented that the Quattro RX will buck you if you have a lapse in concentration, the same is not entirely true for the Quattro 8.4 Ti, there is marginally more forgiveness.

Matt McGinnis, another tester who skied the 174 cm length, gave the Quattro 8.4 Ti a glowing review and we think it’s worth providing you with his entire response: “At this point I’m certain: Blizzard can do no wrong. The Quattro 8.4 Ti is an incredibly fun, versatile frontside ski that’s capable of handling whatever task you throw at it. Sometimes a ski with this much metal can feel uncomfortable as slower speeds. The Quattro 8.4 Ti, however, had no trouble at all waiting for the pace to pick up. I’d describe them as patient; or maybe like a pitbull on a leash. They’re with you waiting patiently, but once you let them off the leash they’re capable of incredible aggression. These are probably best suited for aggressive skiers. While mellower skiers could handle these, there are certainly better options out there. Overall, these were one of my favorite skis.”

We agree with Matt that there are more suitable options for less aggressive skiers. The Quattro 8.0 Ti is a perfect example as dropping carbon from its construction gives it increase forgiveness. Matt scored the Quattro 8.4 Ti 5 out of 5 for stability, quickness, playfulness, torsional stiffness, versatility, and of course overall impression.

Testers

Michael Rooney Ski Tester Headshot Image

Michael Rooney

Age: 70Height: 6'"Weight: 155 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and precise; racing background

Matt McGinnis Ski Tester Headshot Image

Matt McGinnis

Age: 27Height: 5'7"Weight: 175 lbs.

Ski Style: Surfy Freeride with a Freestyle Background

Jamie Bisbee Ski Tester Headshot Image

Jamie Bisbee

Age: 43Height: 5'10"Weight: 190 lbs.

Ski Style: Fast and Furious, like the movie

5 Comments on the “2018 Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti Skis”

  1. I purchased my Blizzard Quattro 8.4 Ti in the middle of February of 2018 and love them. While at Sun Valley for a week I demo’ed a full FIS race ski making making non-stop runs on firm snow. The ski held perfectly. I wanted that feel, but figured that ski was more than I needed for my more usual skiing. After trying several other skis I decided the Q 8.4 was the best balance for what I like. It is fantastic on firm snow, especially going fast. It is fine in softer now. When I put it on edge it feels smooth and holds like a rock (whatever that means). I like to ski bumps (though at my age my back hurts the next day) and they work fine there. I have a great powder ski, so I don’t even think of using these in powder. But, I have skied them on steep slopes the day after new snow in lumpy broken snow and they are fine. The wide tip keeps them from diving. I have the 174 cm skis. I’m 5′ 7″, weigh 153 pounds and will turn 68 in a week. The skis work fine at slow speeds, but are wonderful when you put some energy into them.

  2. Hi!

    I’m looking into buying the Blizzard Quattro 8,4 Ti but I’d like to know if they are also good in the woods and moguls as I’m a pretty aggressive skier liking every part of the hill. The seller is highly recommending these skis for my style but less for the offroad trails. You guys seem to enjoy them very much but not much details on other places than groomed trails. Can you elaborate please?

    1. Hey Phil,

      They’re capable in the trees and moguls, but not super easy. They’re going a certain level of technique and skier input. If you’re an advanced skier with good technique, you should be okay. They’re not the most maneuverable skis in bumps and trees, but if you’re comfortable unweighting to release your tail edge, they’ll do the job. Does that make sense? Not a slow speed, pivoting, smearing ski, it’s going to need to be driven.

      SE

  3. Thanks for a great review! One question: what would be better options for a mellower skier like me, who at 47 and 40 years of skiing have no wish to rush at every turn? Keeping the necessary stability, quickness, playfulness, torsional stiffness and versatility, of course 🙂

    1. Hello!

      The Blizzard Quattro 8.0 Ti is a great ski for what you’re describing, especially if you spend most of your time on groomed slopes. It still has the stability from metal, is nice and quick edge to edge and has enough torsional stiffness to hold an edge, but it’s a little more forgiving and is more comfortable when just cruising compared to the 8.4 Ti, the RS, the RX, etc. within the Quattro line. We were very impressed by it overall, especially considering the price point!

      SE

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