A great one ski quiver for my area, the northwest. If you want a ski that can play in the powder, drop cliffs with ease, slay the crud, and still shred the groomers you might want to give the blogs a look.
These skis are preforming admirably, so far I have skied groomers, ice, 21 in of fresh, and a lot of chopped up crud. they carve well on groomers although obviously they slip on ice like any other ski. In the deep stuff they float well and are fun to surf around. In the park they preform well on jumps, I have not done any grinding on them. In crud you can either plow through or bounce around more playfully. I prefer the second method and although these skis can charge they are much more fun to bounce around and air off of every available bump.
I dont love the topsheet but that is obviously a very personal opinion.
These were a great value on sale new for 300$
I am 6'1" and 178 lbs, I am skiing the 185cm model mounted at the team line. These skis fit perfectly. They are long enough to provide stability at any speed I can take them too but do not feel too long in the trees or tight areas.
Flex is soft and predictable, soft tips and tails make for easy presses and a playful feel, however the ski never feels noodly or too soft. It has plenty of pop and is very forgiving
Because these are a sidewall ski durability does suffer some, the edges of the topsheet do chip pretty easily, however these are all cosmetic issues. The bases do seem a bit soft and prone to scratching, however that could just be my poor line choice.
Frankly, I'm in love with the Atomic Blog. I was going to wait for the 12/13 model, but the specs are the same (which is fine with me, as I think it is perfect) and the topsheet is ugly on the new ones so if you're thinking of getting these get the 11/12 model.
As an all mountain ski, it's no surprise this ski performs well in every condition. But what I have have found is that most all mountain ski's only "handle" every condition instead of excelling in every condition, which I feel the blog does. I have skid them in 2 feet of blower pow and the early taper along with a good amount of rocker allowed it to make super slarvy high speed pow turns while not folding because of the soft flex, and I've felt more comfortable rolling with the flex of the ski and slashing into 180's and 3's than any other ski. Days after a storm riding through styrofoam windblown and manky pow they still blast through it, which surprised me being such a soft ski. I enjoy taking them out on a groomer almost as well as other conditions just because of the confidence they give me turning almost like a race ski.
I love the amount of taper in the tip/tail. It allows for hook-free pow slashes/turns. The amount of camber underfoot is perfect to give it the best versatile feel.
I got the 185cm and I love it, although at 6' and 170 lbs I could stand for it to be a bit longer around 188-189 cm. Regardless, mounting them at the team mark (-2cm from center), allows you to lay down race style carves while still being playful in the park.
This ski has a very interesting flex that makes it one of the most stable soft skis I have ever ridden. There are times when you have backseat landings and these skis handle it well, the soft flex makes it feel like you'll wheelie out but the almost "damp" feel of the flex creates a stability unlike other skis I've tried. Whether it's blasting through crud or on groomers, the blog's soft flex but "damp" feel give it the perfect stability.
I have yet to give them a whole season's riding, but this season (11/12) has been pretty snow scarce and left a lot of better terrain pretty rocky. However, I have hit a bunch of rocks and have only left with minor base scratches if anything at all on the bases. so no complaints so far.