2021 Blizzard Rustler 10

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FairToMiddlin: I was gaga over the Rustler 10 last year, and this year, Blizzard told us that it increased the wood core thickness by 1mm, gave it a new top sheet, and called it a day. So, all the loveliness from the original, with a supposed higher top speed, what’s not to like? Sorry to say, Blizzard didn’t seem to care if we found out. The pair handed to me easily wins the award for Most Appalling Tune this year. The base-high contour of the bottom robbed the ski of all the snappy responses its shape is capable of, and it skied nothing like the stellar pair I had last year. Only in very soft snow (or mindless straightlining, which I had to resort to) was the flex able to poke its nose past the unresponsiveness of the tune and reveal a bit more beef underfoot. The increase in stability is there, but wasn’t game changing, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to ditch their current 10s.

So (combining this, and last year’s more actionable test): in either current or future form, the Rustler 10 is a hugely talented ski: its shape offers quickness in hard or soft snow, the medium/soft flex lets the driver easily select a variety of turns, and the construction offers enough beef to motor through crud at an amusing speed. I still want a pair.

Stephen: The Rustler 10 was my second favorite of the day -- mainly because I felt that it is a cross between the playfulness of the Tracer 108 and the business side of the Invictus 99Ti. I can see this being a great ski for a one- or two-ski quiver. Just add a carver for a 2SQ or stick with it through everything: it holds the snow well enough to carve a bit and make it through chop but also easily handles a bit of powder. I was impressed.

Insider tip: Don’t judge this ski by its predecessor.​
Review updated from 2020
 
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Who is it for?
A lot of people. Those looking for a wider, do-it-all ski. Off-piste aficionados who want to make all kinds of turns.
Who is it not for?
Big-mountain chargers will be better served with the Cochise. Those with a larger quiver. There are other skis that excel in the different areas.
Skier ability
Advanced, Expert
Ski category
All Mountain, Powder
Ski attributes
Off Piste, Trees, Touring/Backcountry
Segment
Men

Specifications

HighFives
Available sizes
164, 172, 180, 188
Dimensions
133-102-122.5
Rocker profile
Camber with tip and tail rocker
Construction design
Updated construction
Binding options
Flat
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bud heishman

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Just a note, I spent a lot of time on this ski this past season (19/20 version) and found that mounting this ski 2cm! yes 2 back, was magic for myself and customers. She floated effortlessly in the powder yet with it's softer flex still made beautiful round arcs on the groomers. We mounted all sold 2cm back and all Sheeva's 1cm back and without exception customers were happy!
 

Ken_R

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This ski has to be one of the best OSQ skis for out west I have demoed in the past few years. I demoed the 2019 188cm and was just an awesome combination of stability and edge hold on groomers and maneuverability all over the hill. If you are between sizes dont be afraid to get the longer length.
 

markojp

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Just a note, I spent a lot of time on this ski this past season (19/20 version) and found that mounting this ski 2cm! yes 2 back, was magic for myself and customers. She floated effortlessly in the powder yet with it's softer flex still made beautiful round arcs on the groomers. We mounted all sold 2cm back and all Sheeva's 1cm back and without exception customers were happy!
Every length?
 

smokeythedog

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How do these compare to the Enforcer 104 Frees? I convinced myself that the 104s were more powerful, but am reading a lot of opinions that they're very playful. I'm considering the Enforcer 100 or 104 and Rustler 10 as the wide ski of a two ski quiver.
 

GregK

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How do these compare to the Enforcer 104 Frees? I convinced myself that the 104s were more powerful, but am reading a lot of opinions that they're very playful. I'm considering the Enforcer 100 or 104 and Rustler 10 as the wide ski of a two ski quiver.
The Enforcer 104s are more solid and powerful feeling vs the Rustler 10 that’s still lighter even with their weight gain last year. The Rustler 10 is actually slightly stiffer underfoot vs the Enforcer 104 that has a more even flex tip to tail so it’s still very forgiving. Combine the even flex and solid weight of the Enforcer 104 with it’s twined tail, it’s a very easy to pivot ski for how good it is in rough conditions. Neither ski loves high speed GS turns but both are lots of fun at moderate speeds.

The 2021 Enforcer 100 added some weight and are stiffer vs last years(or compared to the 104) but swing weight decreased so it doesn’t feel heavier. Flatter and stiffer tail vs the 104 so not as forgiving but a better carver in firmer conditions. So it’s the most “serious” of the group.

So Enforcer 100 if you want the best hard snow performance, Enforcer 104 for better float and a more playful feel and Rustler 10 for the lightest on feet feel.

Also consider Fisher 102 FR for a precise carver that’s a little less forgiving with it’s stiffer flex but very stable at speed for it’s weight and very good off piste too. Mindbender 108 Ti very forgiving as well along with Fantastic float that’s still decent on piste.
 

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