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Bridge Vs Morphics? Anyone tried both?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi,
I'm after advice, to end a debate with myself and finally get my new skis!

Background: male, 6' 0", 145-150lbs, athletic, advancing intermediate-aspiring expert. Been skiing about 5yrs. Most of my skiing in Utah, but a couple days per season EC.

I'm not a super aggressive skier, technically OK, bit of a cruiser. Have outgrown my beginner/ indermediate skis (K2 Stryker) and also need something fatter for UT.

I like all mountain mid-fat twins. Not too stiff cause I'm so light and not aggressive, but stiff enough to handle speed. I am just learning to do little jumps and love heading off trail to the trees or bowls. So looking for a fairly playful, poppy ski that will still ski well on groomers, but also some deeper stuff when I can find it. (will be OSQ)

I demo'd Rossi S3 and S6 this season at DV and enjoyed. S6 prob not practical for everyday ski though.

I get industry deals on a couple brands, and so based on my wants and the prices I can get, have basically narrowed it down to either Volkl Bridge or Liberty Morphic. Am not opposed to other suggestions, but I can get these 2 cheaper.

So vote away! Volkl Bridge or Liberty Morphic? I haven't been able to demo, would love to hear from anyone who has ridden both and can compare ( eg one feels much heavier/ stiffer/ livelier/ turns easier/ stable or whatever).

Looking forward to your thoughts!
Edited by SkiBean - 6/17/11 at 3:01pm
post #2 of 8

You demo'd the S3 and liked it.  This:
 

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I like all mountain mid-fat twins. Not too stiff cause I'm so light and not aggressive, but stiff enough to handle speed. I am just learning to do little jumps and love heading off trail to the trees or bowls. So looking for a fairly playful, poppy ski that will still ski well on groomers, but also some deeper stuff when I can find it. (will be my only skis)
 

sounds exactly like the S3 to me.  So, why is the S3 not on your short list?

post #3 of 8

Cheaper is only good if you know you will be happy with something. I would rather pay more and be satisfied. If you cannot demo the two you mentioned than IMO I would rather opt for the S3,seeing as you already know you like it and it fits exactly what you are looking for as jaobrien6 has pointed out.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. I see your point - I was being cheap. My only hesitation with the S3 was with the length/widths. I feel I'm between the 2 available for my ideal. The 168 probably a bit short with the twin rocker etc. I had a lot of fun on it - but feel I might think it's a bit short pretty quickly as I improve.
The 177 was still very skiable - but I didn't quite feel as comfortable (I'm so light, I noticed the extra length and slight bit of extra width - goes from a 96 waist in the 168 to a 98 in the 177) when trying to bring the skis around quickly in the trees etc. Was also wondering whether 98 waist it getting a little high for an everyday ski?


So was thinking maybe the lengths (171) and the slightly narrower waists (94-95) of the Bridge or Morphic would be a better fit?


Also why I threw in the idea of the S5 even though I didn't demo it, cause very similar specs/design to the S3, but better length/width combos at 94 in the 171 and 96 in the 178. Also, slightly less amount of tip and tail rocker than the S3, so also thought maybe the 171 would feel a little longer/better than the 168 S3...

I'm probably way over-analyzing everything to the nth degree. When it's all said and done - I'd probably enjoy any of the skis mentioned as they are so much better than my current ones! Just trying to make a good choice as I want them to last a couple years.  

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Anyone else? Comment on Bridge Vs. Morphic or any other suggestions besides S3?

post #6 of 8

The Liberty Morphic is a traditional cambered ski, it's light and poppy, a very fun all-mtn ski. The Volkl Bridge has 'ELP' and is burlier. The Morphic would probably make a better choice if you want to continue to advance technically on groomers while still allowing you to 'adventure' off trail. The Bridge will probably make skiing ungroomed snow easier for you right now, but may have a negative effect on your skiing 'growth' from a technical stand-point. The Morphic won't make you better by itself and the Volkl won't make you worse... it will just allow you to get away with some bad habits if you let it.

 

I vote Liberty Morphic.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks Whiteroom - some sound logic. I did think that the ELP on the Bridge would make them a little more forgiving and a bit easier in soft snow, but I see your point - I can be a little lazy/cruisy and they probably wouldn't help with any of my bad habits. I see some potential benefit in sticking with traditional camber at the moment to continue to improve my skiing. As I'm light and not that aggressive, I also don't like the sound of "burlier" when you refer to the Volkl, but tend to like "light, poppy, very fun all mountain ski". Figured the bamboo would have that effect. 

post #8 of 8

I've got some 164 Morphic's and love them, very easy to ski, quick edge to edge, good on the hardpack and can hold their own in the crud and pow as long as you keep your speed up.  I am going to get a pair of 171's for the heavier snow days.  The thing I like about the 164's is the ease of skiing, they feel solid on any terrain, nice through the tree's in tight spots very nimble, and have enough float in the chop and pow to keep you happy

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