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2009 Rossignol Phantom SC97 Ski Reviews

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Good at everything but what you'd expect

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Pros: stable at speed, carves on hardpack, serviceable in bumps

Cons: Dives in powder

I demo'd a pair in 178 cm for one day at Vail in January, '10.  Had two day old snow, groomed that gave way to hard pack as the day wore on, boot-top powdery crud off piste, and semi-hard bumps.  What I expected:  a fat board that washed out at speed and on hard pack, sluggish to turn but able to surf through crud and float on powder.  What I found:  a ski that was rock solid at speed and carved pretty well on the groomers and hard pack, not rails and not terribly quick, but stable.  They also worked okay in the bumps, quick enough, never a struggle.  Off piste however where I expected them to excel  they tended to plow rather than surf the crud and in softer powder in the trees they...
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