Pugski Ski Tester
- Nov 1, 2015
- Reno, eNVy
You would think this would be a much more direct comparison with all of the same boxes being checked: boutique brand, premium build, high performance, and 77mm underfoot. But the similarities, many as they are, go away when these two skis get on the snow. These two skis are vastly different in feel and in price with Augment being a couple hundred dollars north of the comma and the Blossom similarly south. But you are not buying these skis based on price, but performance, because both are well worth their asking price for very different reasons.
Even though the Augment All Mountain 77Ti is a newer design than the Blossom, it has a much older soul. The AM77Ti is about as traditional as it gets in construction and feel on the snow. It is an all mountain ski that, depending on the flex, any ex-World Cup racer would be happy to ski as their every day driver if they didn’t choose a full bore race ski. The Augment is full cambered with a medium to longer turn radius. For the higher cost of entry you have the option to choose the flex. Augment says soft, medium, or stiff but it is more accurately stiff, stiffer, or stiffest. The AM77Ti does have a high price tag, but I have yet to put a good skier on one that didn’t say they were worth the price.
Blossom is making a push to get its well tuned edges into the U.S. market and they are doing it with the tried and true method of offering a lower price than the competition. The White Out has as much of a following with our readers as anywhere for good reason. It is a ski with world class build quality and a typical off-the-shelf price point. Build quality is on par with Augment but you are getting a ski with a much broader performance range. That's not a bad thing, just a much bigger and relaxed sweet spot. The White Out is the more nimble of the two skis with a short to medium turn radius making it a bit more playful, especially at mortal speeds.
- Why choose the Augment AM77Ti: You want the best because you can ski and appreciate the best. These are NOT for people who just want to say they have the best.
- Why choose the Blossom White Out: You want a ski that has refinement but you know value when it stares you in the face.
- Insider Tip: The quality of these skis is directly inverse to the quality of their digital images.
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