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Rossi S3, Volkl Bridge or Line P100

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Hi,

 

I am 6ft 180lb 33 year old advanced Skier. I am looking for a very versitle ski suited to West Coast conditions. These skis look great for on and off piste. I am getting back into skiing after some years on a snowboard.

 

Can't decide.

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endeavor, here is some info on some of the skis I have skied on this year. I'm 6' 205lbs, 48yr  fairly strong skier, likes all terrain. I'm on the east coast but have managed some powder on these skis.All skis are new for me this year.

 

1st  Rossi S3 in 186cm length, this one I have been on the most, my first rocker ski. I love its ability in the powder, the soft rockered tip just keeps rising up, not getting tip dive at all. Have cruised powder from 6-10" a few times and once last week 18-24" dumping. I like the woods the best and the thing I really like about the S3 was its ability to run over down logs, stumps etc and not have the tips dive under. I used to go around lumps in the snow that look like down logs, stumps, now I seek them out. S3 is very good at bumps, had them on pack powder bumps all day yesterday at Mad River Glen and they were very easy turning and stable. They have held an edge well cruising groomers with firm conditions but by no means would I want to use them exclusively on groomers. The only downside I have seen so far is in really tight and steep trees the length is problematic for me. They ski short but there is still 186cm of actual material to maneuver around trees.

If I'm going to be cruising groomers all day I would not use this ski but for everything else I'm on the S3

 

2nd I have a Line Prophet 90 in a 179cm, I'll assume the only difference is the 10 mm of width underfoot. I like this ski also very much, has not seen as much action as the S3, It has seen some firm hardpack groomers and it rips those very well. Excellent edge grip, felt very confident on them at speed. Very quick edge to edge for a ski as wide as it is, 90mm. Have been in some small bumps with it, because it has metal in it it feels like a bit more work absorbing the bumps. Has floated good in about 5-8" powder, eats up tracked up powder easily, solid ski mashing through that stuff.

 

I have 1 more ski I can tell you a bit about. I got a Blizzard the One in a 177cm for my son. He is using my old boots so I could test that one out. I took it out the other day in about 8" powder, and tracked off stuff, powder bumps and some p.p.groomers. I tried pushing the ski as I would any of my skis but his bindings are set at about 5 on the DIN and I am at a 8 DIN. Well lets just say I had to ski gently or I was popping out of those skis. Even at a subdued pace this ski was fantastic. It was a better groomer ski than the S3, skied powder equally as well as S3, and felt great in the bumps.I didn't want to go thru some woods with it and possible wreck the bases and listen to my son moan about that so I called it a day on them. But some time this year I'm going to crank up the DIN and give these things a ripping. They might work out better in the tight steep trees than the 186 S3 does.

 

As all the skis ski short I would recommend the longer lengths especially if most of your skiing is in more open spaces, if you are in really steep and  tight trees i.e. 3-5' apart or less then the longer length could be a factor. I have no experience with the Bridge. I think BWPA can give you even more info on these skis and maybe the Bridge as well.

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Originally Posted by endeavor View Post

Hi,

 

I am 6ft 180lb 33 year old advanced Skier. I am looking for a very versitle ski suited to West Coast conditions. These skis look great for on and off piste. I am getting back into skiing after some years on a snowboard.

 

Can't decide.



I demoed the S3. Found it to be very good off piste, but not real good on groomed runs. Felt unstable and skiied very short. Versatile? Not really. But a good choice for off piste.

 

I ended up with a Sultan 94. Compared to the S3, it gives up a bit in off piste performance, but you gain much on the groomed runs. Depends on what you're looking for. I wanted a ski that does well in 12'-18" of fresh or ungroomed snow and still does a good job on groomers.

 

IMO the Sultan 94 is an excellent ski on soft groomers-something that is typical on the same days one finds 12 inches of fresh snow off piste.


Edited by Mr5150 - 1/21/11 at 4:00pm
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I like "the one: alot. Alot of people who have skied compared to other things like it as well.

 

I can safely say its better than the Sultan at everything, better than the P90 at everything besides groomers, better than the S3 at everything.

 

The bridge is slightly pivoty than "the one", I dont know if thats a good or bad thing but it is what it is.

 

I really like mine(Blizzard "the one"), so much I am going to replace it with the exact same ski. I just wish I didnt hit so many damn rocks and stumps with them so the edge could stay sharper.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies.

 

Wow, I never even stumbled across "The One" during my ski review searches. Looks like a killer ski and is far more visually appealing. lol. Not a fan of the crayola Volkl look. Have to do some more digging...

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I like "the one: alot. Alot of people who have skied compared to other things like it as well.

 

I can safely say its better than the Sultan at everything, better than the P90 at everything besides groomers, better than the S3 at everything.

 

The bridge is slightly pivoty than "the one", I dont know if thats a good or bad thing but it is what it is.

 

I really like mine(Blizzard "the one"), so much I am going to replace it with the exact same ski. I just wish I didnt hit so many damn rocks and stumps with them so the edge could stay sharper.


Well you could just stay on the groomers roflmao.gif but what fun would that be. Oh I took out about 9" slab of base down to the core on the S3 going over what I thought was a well covered rock/stump. I know how to use a ptex stick, getting lots of practice with that.smile.gif Stay warm out there this weekend.

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I skied the S3 a few days ago all day. A buddy let me borrow it as he decided to use his snow board. Conditions were foor of fresh powder cement. -4 out. I really liked this ski alot. It floated my 230lbs better than I expected and did a good job in crud latter on. There was one fresh groomed run and when the legs were screaming at me i would go over and rip a groomer to give the legs a break from the Powder. I liked how easy the S3 turned on grommers for a rocker ski. Very quike edge to edge and I could lay them right over. They were mounted -2 of center. They really like the bumps to. I had a lot of fun zippering soft bumps on the face that had some powder on them. I would say its worth a try any way. Not sure if I would spend a lot of money on a pair? On groomers they did lack snap from edge to edge. More of a easy carve and very easy on the legs I found compared to my Nordicas.

 

      The one has been getting very good feedback. I would look at that ski also. You might check out Elan this year also? They have some very good tech in there skis from what I hear. I want to try a Spire. For a bigger stick the boomerange has also been getting great reviews. Lastly I would check out Fat-Pyus D sender? Again a great ski with super guys behind there skis.

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