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Looking to move up in the ski world, need some advice.

post #1 of 11
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OK, first off i must say sorry, Yes this is another "which ski should i get thread".  Next. I am a rising advanced skier. 165-170Lbs 5'9". I tend to play on groomers mostly but very much enjoy a good powder day, I am not a bump skier, but if i have to get through some bumps to get to fun stuff i will. I do enjoy a jump here and there but by no means anything big.

 

Just this past weekend i was up at Mammoth Mtn for two days of fresh tracks and i made the mistake of stepping into my buddies 179cm Volkl Bridges... comming from my old rossignol z6's the bridges excelled in every single thing so much it blew my mind. So i demo'd some skis the next day or two. I started on some Line Chronic's .. while they were allright i did not like the centered binding, I am not a park skiier and in the pow i found myself having to sometimes to watch my weight distribution or else they would take a dive. Next i demo'd some Volkl Mantra's ... these were much better but i felt as though i had to be rather agressive with them.  In the end the best set of skis i rode were my buddies Bridges... they were very easy to ride, extremely easy to carve on the groomers, handled the crud great, twin tip made for playing backwards here and there enjoyable etc.

 

Really im comming to you guys as i am about to pull the trigger on some bridges... and was wondering if there was anything else out there with similar characterists as the bridge... aka something that seems to be a jack of all trades master of none ski, thats playful and easy to ride.

 

Thanks.

~Nd4

post #2 of 11

Here is a suggestion.  How about some Volkl Bridges?  Why?  They are a great all mountain twin tip that has the ability to play in the park, rail some groomers or to play off piste.  Plus you already tried them and love them.  So why look elsewhere? 

 

The grass is not always greener on the other side.  But if you want an alternative i would suggest the Blizzard Bushwacker which will do most of what the Bridge does except maybe ski backwards as the Wacker does not have a turned up tail.

 

Good luck,

 

Rick G

post #3 of 11
^^^^
That was easy. Next? smile.gif

The only thing I would add has to do with your comment about "mostly groomers," in spite of your recent powder days at Mammoth. If you really do MOSTLY packed runs, you might want to try a slightly narrower ski just to see. You might still like the Bridge better. When in doubt, always go with a known quantity, especially when you like it.
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post

Here is a suggestion.  How about some Volkl Bridges?  Why?  They are a great all mountain twin tip that has the ability to play in the park, rail some groomers or to play off piste.  Plus you already tried them and love them.  So why look elsewhere? 

The grass is not always greener on the other side.  But if you want an alternative i would suggest the Blizzard Bushwacker which will do most of what the Bridge does except maybe ski backwards as the Wacker does not have a turned up tail.

Good luck,

Rick G

I went from bridges to Bushwackers and never looked back
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

coming from my z6's which are 70 under foot... the bridges were actually easier to sling side to side.

 

The thing i like about the bridges that i havnt found in any other ski is the configuration... twin tip full rocker thats not an insane rocker... i havnt found any other ski out there thats similar.

 

Im just coming to you guys to see if there is anything else out there.... the bushwackers are a nice looking ski but i want at least the 95 under foot for that day where im in pow.

 

 

And lastly looks like i can get a 171cm set of bridges, marker griffon bindings, and mounting for $615 all said and done.

post #6 of 11
If you liked the 179s, stick with that length. Going shorter to save money is a false economy unless you KNOW you'll like them as well. (And you probably won't, as you are borderline big for 171s in that kind of a ski.) My two cents.
post #7 of 11
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My buddies 179's felt long. I also rode some mantra 179's and mantra 170's and the 170 mantra's felt much more suited to my height.

 

 

And lastly.. bindings...  Marker Griffon's? Salomon STH12's?  assuming the bridges 95mm width... will a 100mm brake work?

 

All the skis i tried over that weekend had marker griffon's on em... great bindings never had any issues (i am weird ill ride on a Din of 4 because i effed my knee up awhile back due to too tight of bindings... i never have them prerelease on me) ... but truly i am ignorant when it comes to this stuff... ignorance is bliss!

post #8 of 11

I'd stick with the 179 Bridges - the Mantra at 170 will certainly have felt better because it's no were near as rockered as the Bridges, so the 179 will have felt long. I'm your height and weight, and I'd suggest you go 179 if you want powder to remain fun with the bridges.

 

100mm brake will work, I wouldn't go bigger than 110. Griffons or the STH12 are fine too, although DIN4 sounds a little... dangerous almost... they really stay on in powder?



This thread's bad, I'm now considering keeping my bridges even though I don't think I really need them. cool.gif

 

 


Lukas

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

wanna sell the 179 bridges?!?!??! biggrin.gif

 

 

Din 4 and never had a ski pop off when it didnt mean too.... after tearing my mcl due to a binding not popping in a slow turning fall... id rather have a ski pop off a little too soon then not at all.

 

 

My buddies 179 bridges felt just a tad long... honestly i dont really ski the pow all that much (i wish i did more) so the 171's will more than suffice on the occasional pow day.

 

 

So now im down to bindings... what ones to get...  so many choices.

post #10 of 11
Ive got a feeling that the small matter of the atlantic might prevent me selling the Bridges to anyone in North America.

Bindings, Im not sure whethet its worth getting something like the Marker Griffons or STH12 considerig your low Din, but then again the springs in weaker bindings like the squires tend not to last that long.


Lukas
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

haha ya that big pond tends to make shipping a mess.

 

For the most part i ride at a 4 in the front and a 5 in the back... if i start playing on real steep stuff i kick it up 1 or 2.

 

 

Its just in my research for bindings there seems to be a pretty good divide between salomon lovers and marker lovers...  What i do know however is the fully adjustable axiom bindings on my z6's have so much slop in the tracks that theres no way ill be going with a bindings like that.
 

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