I know these skis are out of production and didn't sell well. They're available cheap all over the Internet, and I even have a line on a pair of new BBR 8.9s for less than they go for on ebay. Everything I've read seems to suggest these would be excellent skis for low intermediate skiers interested in a do everything ski that is forgiving on groomers, fun on easier off-trail stuff regardless of snow conditions, and can handle a little powder.
So I guess my questions are these: is my perception of this ski correct? Would they make good "getting back into it" skis for an athletic ex-skier and current snowboarder (me) and a somewhat athletic ex-skier (girlfriend)?
For reference, I am considering the 179cm BBR 8.0 with integrated binding or the 186 BBR 8.9 with "binding TBD" for me and the 165cm BBR Starlite for my girlfriend. She is the one who turned me on to these skis.
For reference, I'm 34, 5'9" and 205lbs, very physically active (run, bike, lift weights, advanced aggressive snowboarder who gets out 2-3X week, Nordic ski occasionally). I have skied only occasionally since I was in my late teens. My girlfriend is 28, 5'5" and 160lbs, moderately active, very strong in the legs from rock climbing, and skied quite a bit as a teen. We would be skiing at Bridger Bowl in Montana primarily, so generally excellent quality snow and lots of it, plus fairly burly terrain.
I should note that I push myself very hard on a snowboard and will not be content sticking to groomers on skis for very long. I was riding pow (and often eating it) on my fourth day on a snowboard, for reference. She probably won't push it as hard as I do, but as a teen she loved skiing powder and wants skis that won't be horrible in it even right now. Right now I'd say we'd both rate as green/blue skiers.
Thanks for any replies!
PS: we know they're goofy looking and might earn a few giggles thrown in our direction. We're both secure enough that this isn't a factor. Only performance is. :)