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All Mountain Ski --> Line Sir Francis Bacon or Volkl Bridge?????

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I am looking to get a pair of skis and was debating between the 2012 Line Sir Francis Bacon or the 2011 Volkl Bridges. 

 

Advanced skier I mainly do 60% mountain, 30% pow, and 10% park (I only am doing park to learn how to control myself off jumps better so I can do better on cornices and jump off rocks).

 

I do moderate speed skiing. Never done trees but want to badly next time I head up to the slopes. I ski up in Tahoe up at Kirkwood and Heavenly.

 

There were a couple other skis I was looking at:

-2012 Line SFB

-2011 Volkl Bridge

-2012 Armada TST

-2013/2014 Atomic Theory

-2011 K2 Kung Fujas

 

I want them to be great skis that are playful, poppy, real light, and overall really good all mountain skiis. I'm 5'10" 180lbs.

 

Could anyone give me their opinion on those skis or suggest any other good ones? Thanks! 

post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 

anyone??

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by chrisc1 View Post
 

anyone??

 

Hi, chrisc1.

 

I'm sorry I can't help with more of your choices.  I've skied the 13/14 Bacon and the 13/14 TST.  Of those two, if I were picking a ski based on "playful, poppy, and overall really good all-mountain", I'd pick the Bacon.  I don't know about the "light" part because neither seemed significantly light or heavy when I tried them.

 

My own impression was that the Bacon was an "easier" and more relaxing ski.  The TST took a little more paying-attention-to.

 

I liked both skis a lot, but I would personally feel that I could just relax on the Bacon and have a good time no matter what.  With the TST, I'd feel that I needed to be a little more engaged and driving most of the time.  If I were buying one or the other, I would probably pick the Bacon.

 

Others might feel differently, but that what I came away with.  I liked both skis for the way they perform, I just felt that I could zone out a little bit on the Bacon and not get kicked around, whereas the TST wanted to have someone calling the shots most of the time.

 

I hope that makes some level of sense.

 

Just as a disclaimer, I rep for Rossignol and the above impressions are only based on a couple of runs on each ski at Snowbasin last Feb.

 

Good luck with your choice.

post #4 of 10

The bacons are the most fun ski I have ever been on. I'm 6' 150 lbs and ski the 178, you will definitely need the 184 if buying last year's model. 

post #5 of 10
My wife finds her Bridge's very good for soft snow or fresh snow short of deep powder. A good every day ski for most of the west.
post #6 of 10

i have the 2014 theory. only been out on them three times so far, but they're a lot of fun. i live in new england and ski pretty much everything except park. i've had them out on one hard-snow day, one medium day, and one powder day so far this season, and they've handled everything well. the first time i tried to turn on them, i almost crashed because they grabbed and initiated the turn so quickly. i've taken them through moguls, up to some pretty high speeds on groomers, and off a few jumps. based on your description of what you want, i think they'd fit pretty well. definitely playful when there's any soft snow around.

 

i can't really compare them to anything else, though, so i'm not sure how helpful that is. the theories were an upgrade straight from the 160cm 69mm-waisted dynastars i'd been using for almost 10 years previously.

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forsure.. Im on a pair of Nordica Hot Rod Afterburners and they are absolute beasts. Soooo heavy and hard to flip around thats why I was asking if they Bacons were light.

 

From everything I have seen the Bacons are highly rated. I have definitely heard more reviews on the Bacon than the Bridge. I just was thinking about the Bridge because this guy at my local ski shop highly recommended the Bridge because he had a pair.

 

For the Bacon does the  108mm really affect its turning and popping around? I know the Bridges are 95mm underfoot.

 

Does anyone have more reviews on the Bridges? I think its really coming down to either the Bacon or Bridge and I starting to lean more towards the Bacon, it seems to be an all around great ski that is really fun.

 

Thanks!

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by chrisc1 View Post
 

forsure.. Im on a pair of Nordica Hot Rod Afterburners and they are absolute beasts. Soooo heavy and hard to flip around thats why I was asking if they Bacons were light.

 

From everything I have seen the Bacons are highly rated. I have definitely heard more reviews on the Bacon than the Bridge. I just was thinking about the Bridge because this guy at my local ski shop highly recommended the Bridge because he had a pair.

 

For the Bacon does the  108mm really affect its turning and popping around? I know the Bridges are 95mm underfoot.

 

Does anyone have more reviews on the Bridges? I think its really coming down to either the Bacon or Bridge and I starting to lean more towards the Bacon, it seems to be an all around great ski that is really fun.

 

Thanks!

 

I have to disagree with the poster above, they feel very light...only 2,175g per ski and are mounted 2cm back of center. Also really quick edge to edge for a 108 waisted ski. It sounds like exactly what you are looking for although you do have 30 lbs. on me.

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Originally Posted by chrisc1 View Post
 

forsure.. Im on a pair of Nordica Hot Rod Afterburners and they are absolute beasts. Soooo heavy and hard to flip around thats why I was asking if they Bacons were light.

 

From everything I have seen the Bacons are highly rated. I have definitely heard more reviews on the Bacon than the Bridge. I just was thinking about the Bridge because this guy at my local ski shop highly recommended the Bridge because he had a pair.

 

For the Bacon does the  108mm really affect its turning and popping around? I know the Bridges are 95mm underfoot.

 

Does anyone have more reviews on the Bridges? I think its really coming down to either the Bacon or Bridge and I starting to lean more towards the Bacon, it seems to be an all around great ski that is really fun.

 

Thanks!

I love the Bacons. Skied them in the east all last year and the only days they weren't capable of putting a smile on my face were on icy days. Like Bob said, not a very demanding ski at all. Poppy, jibby, and you would be surprised with the GS turns they can lay down if you know how to work them. 

 

With you skiing Heavenly, I think the Bacons would also double as a nice pow ski.

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