The Sheeva 10 is designed for soft snow performance as well as all-mountain versatility. It has a ~100 mm waist width and uses ample amounts of tip and tail rocker. That rocker is paired with smooth early taper and Blizzard uses a partial metal laminate sandwiched on top of their multi-layer wood core. That metal is full-width underfoot then tapers and ends as it reaches the tips and tails. There is uni-directional carbon in the tips and tails and this construction technique is designed to allow easier turn initiation and release out of the tips and tails, while maintaining good torsional stiffness underfoot, which Blizzard refers to as Dynamic Release Technology.
Kelsey Boleski tested the 172 cm length and did mention that she felt like she could go a little longer. Kelsey is a local ripper, and we know from her skiing endeavors that she’s actually owned a Rustler 10 in that longer, 180 cm length. Despite being on a shorter length, she still gave the Sheeva 10 full scores across the board. That’s right, every single criterion received a 5 out of 5, which is super-rare in our ski test and always extremely impressive. Kelsey’s written feedback was short and simple, calling the Sheeva 9 a “one ski quiver for any level of skier.” While we wouldn’t recommend it to a true beginner, Kelsey’s really on to something with that reaction. The Sheeva 10, and the rest of the line, has a high-performance ceiling that will satisfy experts, but it’s not excessively challenging to ski. An intermediate can definitely ski it and will benefits from its maneuverable, forgiving nature.
Allison Ruschp found herself in “smear city” after testing that same 172 cm length. Alli works on the staff here at SkiEssentials.com and we know that she’s typically on skis with less tail rocker, so that reaction makes a lot of sense. Alli’s highest score was for flotation, a full 5 out of 5, with quickness/maneuverability, playfulness, forgiveness, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression all coming in with 4’s out of 5. Alli thought it would be a great choice “for ladies that like to end their turns with a smear. Was a bit long for me, if I was out west it wouldn’t be too long, but in Vermont I would want a shorter length for skiing in the trees.”
Similar scores from Caroline Kessler after she too skied the 172 cm length. 5 out of 5 for flotation with playfulness, forgiveness, and torsional stiffness/edge grip all receiving 4 out of 5. “Lightweight, playful ski. Quick turning and fun to play around on, especially in the woods and bumps. Edge hold is good, but it gets a little chattery through crud.” Skis with less rocker or with metal that extends further into the tip and tail will feel a little quieter when charging through choppy snow, but realistically the Sheeva 10 is pretty stable. Caroline is an aggressive skier, so we imagine she was skiing pretty darn fast to achieve that chattering feel. “Tips float, great ski for most all-mountain skiers, especially those who like woods and off-piste terrain.”
That’s a great way to think about the Sheeva 10. If you’re an all-mountain skier with a preference for off-piste terrain and soft snow conditions, it’s right up your alley. The rocker profile gives it excellent float and a fun feel in deep snow. Camber underfoot combined with that partial metal laminate retains solid edge grip and reasonable stability for skiing fast and aggressively. Not the most powerful ski out there, but it has a tremendous blend of performance characteristics for adventurous skiers. You won’t feel held back on a pair of Sheeva 10s.