The Brahma 82 is back for another season as a narrower option to the Brahma 88, or a wider, more versatile option to a system carving ski like the Firebird HRC. We've seeing more and more of these low-80-underfoot, flat skis, and we like it. It's quicker edge to edge than the Brahma 88 and can rip turns on firm snow, but it's more versatile and more forgiving in un-groomed terrain and tricky conditions than dedicated system carvers. It's built with Blizzard's proven Carbon Flipcore Technology, which combines a woo core with two sheets of metal and bi-directional carbon. That's a recipe for a powerful ski, which is supported by the fact that we get mostly camber in the Brahma 82. There is tip and tail rocker, but not much of it, which makes sense in a ski this wide and when considering the intended application.
Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Carbon Flipcore WSD
Groomers, All Mountain
Kagen Dewey called it "a great alternative to the Brahma 88, offering a shorter turn radius for the skier who loves the stability and stiffness, but wants to ski bouncier, shorter turns." The turn radius on the Brahma 82 is shorter than the 88, but only marginally shorter. We think a big reason why Kagen felt such a difference in turn quickness is that slightly shorter turn radius combined with the quicker edge to edge feel. Kagen was on the 180 cm length and gave the Brahma 82 some high scores, most notably for stability, quickness/maneuverability, torsional stiffness/edge grip, and overall impression. "Quicker transition from edge to edge makes the ski more nimble than its 88 counterpart, but slightly less capable when there are fresh powder turns to be had." David Wolfgang's feedback echoed Kagen's thoughts after he too tested the 180 cm length. "The ski was quick and nimble. You could let it rip with confidence in long arcing turns then transition to shorter radius turns with ease." Blizzard did a great job blending stability and power with quickness and a nimble feel in the Brahma 82, which makes it a lot of fun to ski.
Benny Wax skied the 173 cm length and his only score that fell below 4 out of 5 was for flotation, which wasn't terribly surprising given the 82 mm waist width. "Fun Fun Fun! A beefy and turny ski at the same time. Loved this on fast corduroy and un-groomed icy Liftline. Whether short quick turns or smooth long arcs, this ski was stable and quiet. Finishes a turn really well and sets you in motion for the next. Really a pleasure to ski on. Great frontside carving ski." Jeff Neagle opted for the 180 cm length for his testing, and while he was impressed by the frontside carving like Benny, he also noted how the versatility surpasses most skis in this width range. "Rips turns on firm snow, just like the Brahma 88, but more precise and quicker edge to edge. I was surprised and impressed by the playfulness and its ability off trail. I think the quicker edge to edge feel actually helps in tricky terrain like moguls and trees. The Brahma 88 handles softer snow a little better in terms of float, but the 82 is quicker and more nimble. Good choice for a high-level skier who wants a versatile all-mountain ski. I wouldn't tell an intermediate to go ski moguls on it, but an advanced/expert skier with good technique will really appreciate its ability off trail, especially considering what it achieves on trail."
Blurring the lines between carving ski and all mountain ski, the Brahma 82 has proven to be a valuable addition to the Blizzard all-mountain collection. Like its bigger brothers the Brahma 88 and Bonafide 97, it's not really a good ski for an intermediate or a timid skier, but it's an absolute blast to ski for anyone in the advanced/expert realm. Certainly a resort ski through and through, and realistically if you're considering it, you should be the type of skier who spends most of your time on groomed slopes. That said, its ability off-trail and in ungroomed terrain is impressive for such a high performing on-piste ski.