Best for: Savings
Like it's name suggests the Blend is what happens when you take a quiver of skis and run them through a Cuisinart. While the 100 mm underfoot and early rise tip suggests fat ski performance—and it definitely floated well in powder and crud—when we laid these skis on edge most of the ski found snow for excellent carving on groomers and surprisingly responsive performance in the bumps. Centre mounted and twin tip like the G3 Infidel's, with traditional camber underfoot, they had a playful feel, solid and controlled smearing and buttering turns, skiing switch and jumping in the park. Out of bounds the width and tip kept them planing on the surface and stable at speed and off airs. They felt a little heavy in the skin track with the same issues as any other twin tip ski (see the Infidel). But overall we found these skis exemplified our goal of a ski that's fun to ski everywhere and with a price tag of $650, these are the deal of the test.
This ski test was performed by Ryan Stuart & Paul Karchut