2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 ladies snow skis with bindings
2019 Blizzard Black Pearl 88 with RX 12 bindings (binding details below).
We like this binding on this ski very much, but if you have a different preference in binding choice, please let us know.
♦ Ski Dimensions are 126-88-110.
♦ Side cut radius is 13 meters (159 cm)
The Blizzard Black Pearl 88 has been one of the best selling ladies' skis on the market, and it has earned this pedigree because it is one of very best All Day, Every Day ladies' skis available on the market, and a perennial magazine test favorite. But, Blizzard set out to raise the bar even higher. This new version is all about quicker turning and better flotation in deeper snow. The ski's tip has been widened, and the widest point of the ski has been moved back, shortening the sidecut length. This new shape offers more surface area in the tip area for better performance in deeper snow, and the shorter, tighter sidecut arc makes the Black Pearl 88 an even easier, quicker ski to turn. Its unique combination of width, rocker profile, and lady specific Flip Core technology, make it very, very difficult to have a bad day on this ski. If you are looking for the one ski quiver, perfect all mountain ski, most versatile, (we like to call it an All Day, Every Day ski), or whatever its label, this is the one!
The Black Pearl 88 includes Blizzard's lady specific Lite Core construction. Eco friendly, light weight Bamboo laminates are mixed with even lighter isocore material inside the ski. The result is a ski that weighs less, and has a lower swing weight, but is still very stable and super smooth. ABS sidewalls further enhance the performance of this ski by providing a suspension system for the edges, and also by increasing torsional (twisting) stiffness.
This BP88 also includes FlipCore, a Blizzard exclusive technology that is really quite simple in its concept. By turning the camber profiled, milled core upside down when the ski is assembled in the mold, the wood isocore stores more energy, and rebound from turn to turn is improved. Skis with laminate wood core construction are always very smooth, very stable, and offer outstanding edge hold on hard snow. But, the downside to them is that they are deader on the snow, with a bit less rebound from turn to turn. Flip Core breaks this paradox, allowing a laminate ski to be much livelier from turn to turn. Flip Core is truly unique, and you will love the personality it brings to your new skis.
And now Flip Core incorporates carbon fiber, making it even better. Blizzard's unique Carbon FlipCore adds layers of graphite at the tip and tail, replacing the heavier fiberglass used in previous models. The addition of carbon graphite component lessens the weight of the ski's rockered tip and tail sections, making it more stable at speed, and giving the ski a lighter, livelier feel on the snow. CARBON FLIPCORE MAKES A GOOD SKI WAY, WAY BETTER!
Yes, the newest Black Pearl 88 skis even better in deeper snow, and yes it turns even better on the groomers. But, for those areas where new snow and smooth groomer gets skied out quickly, this ski absolutely rocks it because it turns even tighter, and easier in bumps and trashy afternoon conditions. When your favorite runs are all bumped out, the Black Pearl 88 is the killer ride, and it doesn't even mind much when it gets a bit slick. For most of us, groomers are the majority of our ski days, and the Black Pearl 88 loves to carve it up on the corduroy too, with quite a high speed limit. With rocker at tip and tail, and Carbon Flip Core storing rebound energy, these babies are super fun edge to edge.
We have this ski matched up the Tyrolia RX12 binding. This model from Tyrolia has everything a performance lady skier wants in a binding at a great price. High performance toe and heel comes from Tyrolia's classic race inspired components. The RX 12 is super easy to get in and out of, even in deeper snow, and offers outstanding control of the ski. Check out the features of the Tyrolia RX 12 Diagonal bindings:
♦ Tyrolia Lite Diagonal TRP Toe - can release in any direction from horizontal to vertical. Offers very good protection in combined twisting falls.
♦ TRP toe is light in weight, with a good firm link between boot toe and ski. Four roller bearings built into the very wide wings in contact with the boot toe minimize friction as the boot toe moves laterally to filter out vibrations, and also provide a low friction interface when the boot needs to release from the system.
♦ Integrated mechanical Anti-Friction Device (AFD) provides consistent lateral release with a DIN boot sole. This AFD under the boot toe is super durable, and offers outstanding contact between the boot sole and ski, even as the boot is moving side to side to absorb high energy shocks. There is no Teflon piece under the boot toe to wear out, or get compromised with dirt, degrading the ability of the binding to release the boot.
♦ Diagonal releasing heel is a proprietary Tyrolia feature. Like other binding designs, this heel can release straight up. But, unlike every other heel on the market, it can also release in a 45 degree diagonal direction as the boot moves vertically when it is releasing from the ski. If for some reason, in a forward fall combined with twisting force, the Diagonal heel can relieve this twisting force if the toe cannot (such as when one ski is trapped under another, or under an obstacle)
♦ Easy Step in Heel design makes this the easiest binding in this category to step into, and one of the most durable bindings money can buy. Nothing is more frustrating than having a difficult time getting back into bindings after a yard sole on steep terrain. This heel design is proven to be super durable, and suepr easy to get into (and out of).
There is simply no easier binding to use, and it performs great as well. ♦ DIN range of 3 to 12, and will work for any skier with a DIN setting of 4 or higher. This is the choice for any good adult skier.
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