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Rossi S3 for teenage freerider

post #1 of 13
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I just picked up a pair of Rossi S3's in a 168cm for a price I couldn't pass up.  My intention is to give them to my 13 year son for Christmas.  If I determine that they really aren't a good ski for him, I will either give them to my wife for powder skis, or sell them.

 

I was hoping to get some opinions here.  My son is about 120lb. 5'4" and growing like a weed.  We live in Alpine Meadows, and he started skiing before he was 2 yrs. old.  He is now on the Freeride team and skis pretty much anything at Alpine Meadows with confidence and reasonably good form.  He is definitely a better skier than hucker, but he is becoming much more interested in the later (much to his mother's delight).

 

I was just wondering if people thought this would be a good ski for him, or whether I should really be looking for something else for him.  Last year he was skiing on older K2 Extreme's in about a 160cm.  Based on Rossi's size chart he should be able to handle the 168cm.

 

Here is a quick video of him skiing Idiot's at Alpine last year.

 

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post #2 of 13

I think the size would be perfect for him. That being said, I'm very similar in weight and height to him, and he's probably fairly close to my ability also. That being said, I've demoed the S3's, and found them way to soft for skiing aggressively, provided you ski a lot of what you showed in that quick video, I would have to say those are not the skis for him. The S3's work great in powder, and tight areas, but are easily overpowered. I don't want to make them sound like bad skis, they actually are quite good.. just depends on your skiing style.
 

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I think the size would be perfect for him. That being said, I'm very similar in weight and height to him, and he's probably fairly close to my ability also. That being said, I've demoed the S3's, and found them way to soft for skiing aggressively, provided you ski a lot of what you showed in that quick video, I would have to say those are not the skis for him. The S3's work great in powder, and tight areas, but are easily overpowered. I don't want to make them sound like bad skis, they actually are quite good.. just depends on your skiing style.
 

Thanks for the insight.  I found out that his weight is really 110 lb. and his height is 5'6".  He basically does a lot of that kind of skiing or the park.  I would be concerned about him being on skis that can't handle firm snow, and I don't really want toget him powder only skis.

 

Any suggestions for other skis?  Maybe Bushwackers?

post #4 of 13

I'd only be worried about the S3s being relatively soft if he's planning on going fast through crud and chop.  I'd think that they'd be fine for the type of skiing in the video.  I've only been on them briefly though and in the 186 (though I'm much bigger).  If he's into park style stuff, the S3s are supposed to be very playful.

 

Check out Blister Gear Review's article on the S3s.  It seems to give a good accounting of the skis strengths/weaknesses from the perspective of an aggressive skier.

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I read the review, which lead me to think that the Moment PB&J might really be the ski for him. Though I am not sure for his weight that it really would be.  Anyway, I am thinking that the S3 would be a great soft snow/powder ski, but it might be a little scary when you hit some icy patches on the steeps.

 

Any other thoughts out there?

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Originally Posted by AlpineBoy View Post

Thanks for the insight.  I found out that his weight is really 110 lb. and his height is 5'6".  He basically does a lot of that kind of skiing or the park.  I would be concerned about him being on skis that can't handle firm snow, and I don't really want toget him powder only skis.

 

Any suggestions for other skis?  Maybe Bushwackers?

 



I actually owned a pair of Bushwackers myself, they are definetly better in harder conditions then the S3, but they have the same problem of being overpowered, even at my (his) weight.

 

The PB&J would be an excellent choice I think, stiffer, but still rocker tip and tail. Would work great in the park and hold on firmer snow, but would work even better in soft snow then either the S3 or the BW.

post #7 of 13
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Well, I was checking out the PB&J at Moment's website, and it just made me think that he could probably get away with a narrower and lighter ski than either an S3 or a PB&J.

post #8 of 13

Search for the Blister Gear review of the Rossi S3 v's Rossi Scimitar v's Rossi Experience 98.  I've tested the S3 (and liked it) but now thinking the Scimitar might be a great compromise between the soft/playful S3 and the hard snow chops of the Experience 98.

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Well, I was checking out the PB&J at Moment's website, and it just made me think that he could probably get away with a narrower and lighter ski than either an S3 or a PB&J.

 

What width were you thinking then?
 

post #10 of 13
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From the Rossi line up the Scimitar does look like a good choice.  The only real negative in the review seems to be based on the lack of pop that goes along with the full camber design.  I am sure that I would hate it, but my son might find it to be just fine.

post #11 of 13
Honestly, i think the S3's would be just fine for what he's doing, especially at 13. At that age, with his weight and the physiology of a 13 year old, i doubt that they will be too soft - i weigh 'significantly ' more and no problem. My 13 year old has Armada TST that he picked out abd will receive for Christmas. Im a big proponent of letting the kids choose their own skis (with guidance and within reason, of course). I was actually steering my kid towards S3 myself, but he didnt want them, pRobably because i had a pair and it would be way to uncool to ski on the same skis as your old man.
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What width were you thinking then?
 

I was thinking maybe something closer to 80-85 cm.  I am thinking that given his weight, he doesn't really need the extra width in soft snow, and that the reduction in weight of the ski would be more of a benefit for him.

post #13 of 13

Don't know about the width, but if you are interested in the Scimitar, it's on Evo right now for $300 new.  I can't imagine that the 171 would be too long given its rocker.

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