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Volkl Bridges or what?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hi,

Been looking at some Volkl Bridge 169 for a wide variety of uses. I am 5'9 and 200#

 

I live in Ct and ski a couple times a week locally and plan to be skiing a few times a month a little more up north VT,MA, etc, I am also going to going to CO sometime in feb.

 

Is the volkl bridge the right ski or is there better alternatives for about $500-$600?

Mantras?

 

post #2 of 16

It's probably a bit short for your weight. Are you prioritizing your everyday skiing or your trip west? If you everyday skiing is the priority, you could do better. If you are prioritizing your trip to Co.....it's a good call. (still too short though)

 

SJ

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

hello,what is the size you would reccomend. i will be going coloado and skiing for 5 days.  but i probably wont be going there again,i just want a ski that will be great in crappy ct skiing but still fine in powder, thanks

post #4 of 16

Length depends upon the ski of course but something in the 174-180 range and possibly in the 85-90mm waist width range. A couple of options might be a Dynastar Legend 85 or a Rossi Experience 88. In older skis something like a Nordica HR Burner. If you can't find the correct setup locally, we have the 2010-11 HR Burner in 170 & 178 @ Starthaus new, for $325 + bindings.

 

All those are medium flex skis and have enough grip for anything short of bulletproof and are also wide enough for a little mixed snow skiing as well.

 

SJ

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you i will be taking your suggestion and going to check out the dynaster 85 and the experience 88 at a local shop thanks.

post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

Actully Jim, how do you think the Sultan 85s would do compared to the others?

I can get them for very cheap thats why i ask

post #7 of 16

HR Burner in 178 @ Starthaus new, for $325 + bindings sounds like a smokin good price to me.  I have Sultan 85s and like them a lot as a firm snow day ski.  Good in bumps, very good in steeps with excellant edge hold, but I have always been a dstar fan.

post #8 of 16

The Sultan 85 is the same ski as the Legend 85 minus a bit of (sorta invisible) rocker. The HR Burner is very similar in performance and basically a tossup. Couldn't go wrong either way as both are overperforming and underhyped skis.

 

SJ

post #9 of 16

 

 

 

 

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Sierra Jim:  Do you still have the HR Burners in 178?  I currently have older jet fuels which I have enjoyed.  I understand the HR Burners are flat skis, a little lighter and more lively than the Jet Fuels.  Is this correct, let me know what the price with bindings will be.  I am 6' , ski primarily in at Sugarbush, VT and am venturing more and more into sidecountry.  Looking for a ski that is a little more orientated for off-piste than the Jet Fuel but recognize that I mostly ski on hardpack in the east.  Also considering some Volkl Kendos or Blizzard Bushwackers.  Thanks for your help.

 

Steve

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follow up -- weigh 210 lbs, age 43, advanced/expert skier, depending on location.

 

 

 

Sierra Jim:  Do you still have the HR Burners in 178?  I currently have older jet fuels which I have enjoyed.  I understand the HR Burners are flat skis, a little lighter and more lively than the Jet Fuels.  Is this correct, let me know what the price with bindings will be.  I am 6' , ski primarily in at Sugarbush, VT and am venturing more and more into sidecountry.  Looking for a ski that is a little more orientated for off-piste than the Jet Fuel but recognize that I mostly ski on hardpack in the east.  Also considering some Volkl Kendos or Blizzard Bushwackers.  Thanks for your help.

 

Steve



 

post #11 of 16

Steve:

 

Yes, we still have an HRB or two in 178. Price is about $325 or so and bindings are your choice at whatever the current market price is. I carry LOOK/Rossi, Sollie/Atomic, Markers, and Tyrolia derivatives. Most are not on sale but I do have a few Fischer/Tyrolia X-17 for $179 from last year and a Rossi FS 110 for $109.

 

The HRB is equally capable to the Blizzi BW in regards to all mountain versatility. Both are vastly superior to the Kendo in mixed snow but not quite as grippy.

 

SJ

post #12 of 16

you will like the bridge, (probably not the Mantras), but you need to go a size up.    Why don't you just rent them in Feb when you go up, just make a couple of calls to some shops.  

post #13 of 16

SJ,

 

Just purchased the Hot Rod Burner skis!  looking forward to getting them.  Thanks for your help and for a great deal.  Now, I just need some snow to use them on.

 

Regards,

 

Steve 

post #14 of 16

Good......glad you got them and thanks for your business. We don't have much snow here either except for some manmade. If I go out on X-mas day, I probably take an HRB demo out myself as the rest of my personal stuff is pretty wide.

 

Course I might take out an Atomic Crimson......then again I really like the Bushwhacker and the Steadfast too. Geeze......we've got a Blizzi Mag 8.7 and a Rossi Avenger Ti-82 just sittin' around. Oy!!!!.....whatever will I do????.......probably lay awake nights thinkin' bout it.................biggrin.gif

 

SJ.

post #15 of 16

SJ -- Decisions. Decisions.  Now you are making me jealous.  I would be even more jealous if you were talking about 2 feet of snow and trying to decide which powder  boards to grab.  We are expecting 2-3 inches of snow tonight and everyone is acting like it is End of Days.  Just tells you how desparate we are for the white gold.

 

   

post #16 of 16
Skied on the hr burners for first time today. Conditions were mostly man made snow but relatively soft. loved the skis. very quick and lively and held an edge even on hardpack. great in bumps. feel like the ski a little short but then again they are only 178s. confidence inspiring skis. some chatter at high speed but i might be a little large for the size. bought them for easrern all mountain and trees and think they will be ideal. thanks for the reccommendation in the thread.n
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