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Anyone tried the Salomon BBR yet?

post #1 of 13
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Saw a pair the other day , was woundering peoples thought about the shape.

post #2 of 13

Check the review forum, plenty of posts on those.  Great ski if you fit the skier profile.  

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wow you say  Salomon sells PBRs.  Very cool. 



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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

wow you say  Salomon sells PBRs.  Very cool. 



I prefer the sidecut of the bar bottle model.





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Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by catskills View Post

wow you say  Salomon sells PBRs.  Very cool. 



Now for sure this stuff is definatly, sex in a canoe


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Hi, Skied the 7.9 in a 179cm for 2 weeks in all the Tahoe resorts Early April. within 5 mins. of getting out of the car I was thinking of charging skiers £1 to look and £5 to feel (the skis). 


They say a Bumble Bee should not be able to Fly but it does. 


BBR = Bumble Bee Revised. 


I have skied for nearly 40 years (missed last year) and these are the best leap forward since Olin launched the Mark IV. 


Short, Long, Hard packed, Powder. not once did they let me down, slight bounce over some Death Cookies 1st thing in the morning but hay ho should look where I am going at that speed.


Cried when I had to send them back to Salomon.


Also had the New Salomon Access 80 Boots - Fit my Web Feet a treat - If you have WIDE feet with a HIGH instep then your problems are over (Kept them!!)

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I demo'd the BBR's for a handful of runs - they perform as advertised, seem to be able to handle a variety of conditions and can make an ok one ski quiver for an intermediate skier; however, if you're anything more than an intermediate skier, I think you'll want something a little more exciting.  


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I skied them in spring crud and found them fun.  The early rise and super wide tips made it so that I could keep my weight more forward without any tip dive, and they seemed to carve well in the soft snow as well as on groomers.  They held on in icy patches too.  However, they were not much of a change from the performance of my Fischer Atuas, with the exception of the wider sweet spot due to the tips.  For a bit I was tempted, but after getting back on my Fischers I didn't see much point in paying for a pair.


It's a good ski that lots of people will probably like a lot.

post #9 of 13

How would you compare them with the Salomon Lords?

Has anyone skied with both skis recently?

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As I replied elsewhere, this is a close to a one ski quiver as I have seen come along, I like the Bumble Bee analogy, as a bumble bee shouldn't fly, this ski shouldn't be this good. This ski will help a lot of terminal intermediates and advanced skiers have more confidence in terrain they were unable to get into before. While many skiers here are in the lunatic fringe and have skis for every sing type of condition, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the BBR to someone who can have only one ski that performs very well in all but the Nth conditions. 

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Benny has...



I guess that's "Mr. Benny" to l'il ole me!  ;-)



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Who's  bumped it?

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Spent a day on a pair of the BBR's last Spring in Vail and I can attest that there's substance to the hype, but it's not for everyone...


First thing I noticed was obviously the appearance. If you want to get noticed, these ought to command enough attention to satisfy the biggest egos. The second thing I noticed was the weight. They're heavy. And as a result, they're great to cruise on. But I found for all that weight, they're surprisingly nimble.


This ski is, at heart, a beautiful cruiser, with the tail of a bump ski, the tip of a powder ski, and the body of a rockered carving ski. It's essentially a frankenski. I chalk up the surprising agility to a magical combination of a skinnier tail and the rocker which allow you to swing the tails around pretty easily so they're even quite good in tight spaces. Turn initiation while carving is stupidly simple as well. The skis practically ski themselves, and are much more intuitive than I expected.


I skied a ton of terrain and conditions and thought the BBR's managed to make easy work of the mountain, on and off-piste. The only time I started to feel unsettled was during high speed GS turns when that fat tip started flapping. Pushed harder, I noticed the tail started to give a bit.


If you're an intermediate skier looking for a one-ski quiver that'll garner attention and like a softer ride, but still want to swing the tail around in tight spaces, it's a ski worth checking out for sure. I think expert skiers will find the ski a bit too buttery, but really a matter of preference. The way I look at it is the BBR is like the concept car you see at the Geneva Auto Show. It's crammed with features that may or may not be the future of the industry, and certainly Solomon will move forward with some elements of the design. But likely, it's a rough sketch to be refined in future models, and a pretty darn good sketch at that.

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