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Volkl Blaze 86w

MissySki

Angel Diva
I should have my blaze's in a 166 in my hot little hands by this Friday. I'll be in VT so won't be able to touch them until Monday night but still.. I'm hoping they'll arrive before friday so I can bring them VT with me. They are tuned so just need a release check/din set so my shop should be able to do that pretty quick. I just can't be without my boot for more than an hour over the next week. Anxious to ski these puppies and see if I feel the love everyone else has for them.
I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Given your usual skis are quite a bit damper, it is definitely a different direction.
 

Trailside Trixie

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Given your usual skis are quite a bit damper, it is definitely a different direction.

I think that's why I'm especially curious. I love me a damp ski but I'm getting more tolerant of a slightly less damp ski so we'll see. You and I have the SR motions 85s in common. I also love the Volkl Secret 96 which doesn't feel as damp of a ski.
 

ski diva

Administrator
Staff member
Those of you who know me: 152 or 159? I'm 5'1", 112 lbs, ski the Blizzard Sheeva 9's in a 157, and the Santa Ana 84's in a 158. But people saying they're sizing down have me questioning what size I should go with. Any thoughts?
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
Those of you who know me: 152 or 159? I'm 5'1", 112 lbs, ski the Blizzard Sheeva 9's in a 157, and the Santa Ana 84's in a 158. But people saying they're sizing down have me questioning what size I should go with. Any thoughts?
Haven't tried the Blaze 86, but I'm having a good time with Yumi @147cm, 123-84-104, for skiing in the southeast. They were good in Michigan too where a few groomers were slick by the afternoon. Not as bad as New England can be, but slicker than in Virginia.

My Stormrider 85s and DPS Zeldas are 159cm. I'd probably go shorter with any Volkl. YMMV
 

contesstant

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Those of you who know me: 152 or 159? I'm 5'1", 112 lbs, ski the Blizzard Sheeva 9's in a 157, and the Santa Ana 84's in a 158. But people saying they're sizing down have me questioning what size I should go with. Any thoughts?
I'd go 152. I'm on the 159 and this ski definitely skis longer than the Sheeva 9.
 

skibum4ever

Angel Diva
I'd go 152. I'm on the 159 and this ski definitely skis longer than the Sheeva 9.

That tells me that buying the 152 was definitely the right move for me.
 

MissySki

Angel Diva
I usually buy skis in the mid 160s, the 159 Blaze 86 has been great for me in bumps and trees. Imo they ski longer than a 159.. in that they are stable for me in a size down from what I would normally want. I do find a speed limit, but in saying that.. they don’t inhibit me and they are stable at speed for me. If I didn’t ski bumps and trees and just wanted to carve up groomers at high speeds all day, then I’d have picked the 166. But that’s not me and I spend most of my time off piste when possible.

So @ski diva I think it depends what you want it for. Either would be fine imo, just depends if you want more turny or faster.
 

ski diva

Administrator
Staff member
Well, I ended up getting them in a 159 in a screamin' deal from Powder7 ($279!), and skied them today for the first time. (I got the 2023 model; the ski has not changed in a few years, and it's not changing for next year, either -- well, except for the top sheet.) As I posted earlier, I was really torn between the 159's and the 152's, but the 159's seem to suit me just fine. Anyway, consider me happy! This is a really nice ski, and I'm very pleased with it.

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skinnyfootskis

Angel Diva
Well, I ended up getting them in a 159 in a screamin' deal from Powder7 ($279!), and skied them today for the first time. (I got the 2023 model; the ski has not changed in a few years, and it's not changing for next year, either -- well, except for the top sheet.) As I posted earlier, I was really torn between the 159's and the 152's, but the 159's seem to suit me just fine. Anyway, consider me happy! This is a really nice ski, and I'm very happy with it.
Glad you like them. Hoping someone wants my brand new 166s with bindings $320.
 

ilovepugs

Angel Diva
@ski diva - congrats on the new ski purchase! What made you decide to get the Blazes? Do they serve a different function than the Santa Anas? I’m loving the Santa Anas… but maybe I would love the Blazes more in bumps and trees?
 

ski diva

Administrator
Staff member
@ski diva - congrats on the new ski purchase! What made you decide to get the Blazes? Do they serve a different function than the Santa Anas? I’m loving the Santa Anas… but maybe I would love the Blazes more in bumps and trees?

I actually tried them last year (and this year, too) at the ski industry demo days, and just thought they were really nice skis. No, they don't really serve a function different than the Santa Ana's and I didn't really "need" them. In fact, their dimensions are very close to the dimensions of the Santa Ana 84's (120/84/105 vs 129/86/111). But when I saw them SO CHEAP on Powder 7, I figured why not.
 
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ilovepugs

Angel Diva
I actually tried them last year (and this year, too) at the ski industry demo days, and just thought they were really nice skis. No, they don't really serve a function different than the Santa Ana's and I didn't really "need" them. In fact, their dimensions are very close to the dimensions of the Santa Ana 84's (120/84/105 vs 129/86/111). But when I saw them SO CHEAP on Powder 7, I figured why not.
I’m a sucker for a cool top sheet and I love the 2024 top sheets. Love the Blaze 94s too. Maybe when the spring sales start….
 

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