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Ski collection review: Blizzard Firebird 18/19

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Brand new ski collections by Blizzard have never been simple, compact, and transparent. There always were many models, but it was unclear what exactly is the difference between them. This season the new Firebird Collection is in contrast quite understandable. Let's take a look at the collection and see what it offers.

The new collection can be classified into three groups
1. Skis for athletes
2. Racing skis for amateurs
3. Skis for amateurs
This is a standard scheme of ski collection composition. It's still unclear why is there this second category. Athletes' skis for non-athletes is truly something between hay and grass, but the existence of this category is a result of long manufacturing tradition and consumption culture. Anyways let's see how each of the categories functions.

1. Skis for athletes

Quite standard. Junior Slalom, Women Slalom, Men Slalom, Junior Giant-Slalom, Adult Giant-Slalom and Adult Giant-Slalom FIS. Skis for junior athletes is very rare to see these days, which is strange because the demand for such skis is growing. Seems like not so many companies have realised it, and Blizzard is one of them. This is good news both for alpine industry development and for retail and commerce. The skis meet all the FIS requirements.

2. Racing skis for amateurs

There are three models - WRC for Giant-Slalom, SRC for Slalom, Competition for "extra turn". WRC and SRC are traditional for Blizzard, there is nothing unusual. Competition, however, is a questionable model - why is it called competitor? Out all the other skis in this category, this one has the least to do with any kind of competition. The ski has a medium turn radius which doesn't require slalom-strength or giant-slalom-speed. In other words - this is a typical ski for "extra-turn". All the skis have been designed using completely new technologies both WRC and SRC have two variants, which differ only by binding - there is a cheaper one (XCELL14 DEMO) and a more expensive racing one (Marker WC Piston Plate). Again, this category is an interesting one, because why are there racing skis, which will never work as good as the skis for athletes and are actually not much cheaper. Of course, there are skis of this category that are interesting, but in order to find those interesting sides, you should really think outside of racing. But who knows, maybe the skis will break this stereotype.

3. Skis for amateurs

This category has two models each of which has two colour schemes: Ti and Race Ti. The only difference between them is the length of the race plate. Race Ti has a longer one which gives it better stability at a high speed. Ti has a shorter race plate which makes it better at short turns. Radius, binding, and geometry of the skis are the same. Again, technologies are completely new, which is surprising, considering that high-performance racing skis is a rather conservative branch. The skis can be categorised as "very good on-piste skis" without associating them with any kind of sports.

To sum up, the collection is understandable and usable. In contrast to what was before, its good news. The only thing left to do is to test the skis.

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