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Salomon BBR 8.9

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 WHY:  It handled anything on the mountain, from carving down groomed slopes to Wachusett's icy 'hardpacked.' A good GS-ski that's light-weight, easy-to-turn, has quick edge-to-edge transitions and great edge grip, and more  versatility to travel off the grooms.

 

As the 2015-season has progressed, Wachusett has developed these seldom [ie.rare] accumulations of unusual 'non-groomed stuff' -- powder.  I found the need/want for a ski that would handle more float and deliver a shorter turn radius than my Kastle/LX82-82/172(16.0). I spoke with our Salomon-rep who has been 'more than vocal' about the BBR's overall capabilities.

 

So, I bought the 8.9 version ... 147-88-110/176(12.5) ... online for $300. Although it may be a little late, after bilateral knee replacement surgeries, I've been using the KneeBindings -- (Core) on this pair. 

 

From day-1, the most fun I've had in a long, long time!  It has great flotation in the soft snow and crud; the full wood-core absorbs the terrain; the narrow tail and short radius make for quick edge-to-edge turns.  And, it's stable at speed.  As I look back over the seasons, the BBR is about as close to a one ski quiver as I have ever skied. To date, it's great in all conditions -- from the Wachusett groomers, to the 'hard-pack' (it's only 'icy' if you can see your reflection),  to the 'frozen, snow-cone' bumps, to this 'non-groomed stuff.'  Although it may be 'ugly' in appearance, it's versatility [easy turn initiation, quick transitions, strong grip, greater float] makes it the 'best, all-conditions' ski I've ever used.

 

Find it.  Buy it. You'll love it.

post #2 of 13
Considering how cheap you can find these on ebay right now, I keep wondering if it's worth it to grab a pair just because...
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Especially now since it appears they've been discontinued... Not in this years line up.

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Most misunderstood ski ...ever. Great in powder in spite of the narrow waist. I think the shape threw people off. You can get them really cheap now, if you can find them at all.. 

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An excellent ski for those, like me, who want an all around performer rather than a big quiver.  I ski lots of varied snow conditions, often on the same run, and the BBRs have been great at handling almost everything.

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My son and I skied on these last year and love them. From packed snow at Targhee to some stashes found in the trees at Solitude and powder at Bachelor they flat out handle everything!!
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Anyone know wear to find a pair of 9.0's from 2015 in Canada? I would have bough a replacement pair if I knew they were being discontinued! 

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ColoradoDiscountSkis has them and will ship to Canada for a price.

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If I can't find a replacement pair in Canada I'll look to the states...Been on the BBR 8.9's for four full seasons and they are getting pretty tarnished!

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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

If I can't find a replacement pair in Canada I'll look to the states...Been on the BBR 8.9's for four full seasons and they are getting pretty tarnished!

I have a pair of 186's, new, that I mounted with AT bindings but the whole rig was too heavy so I switched out to Soul Sevens. I may sell them or give them away at some point... but in the meantime, I think I found you a pair at REI

 

I bought a pre - production pair, one of 250 pairs that were released in the US in January 2011, and skied them 'till they were just hammered. If you can find them, they're going cheap. People really had a hard time understanding those skis, but coming from a surfing background, the design made sense to me. Ski design has caught up a bit, I thought the Soul Seven was close in quickness, but didn't quite have the float of that massive shovel....

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Agree with what others have said, completely misunderstood ski. The key to the BBR is to not drive the ski at all, it is so responsive to subtle pressure it is easily over-skied. Back off and let the ski do the work, it's the easiest broken snow ski I've ever been on, others may be better in chop but also require much more effort. The BBR may have been ahead of its time, the Pinnacle 95 and Cham 97 seem to share a bit of its design ques, just not as radical.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
 
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Originally Posted by Kulharin View Post
 

If I can't find a replacement pair in Canada I'll look to the states...Been on the BBR 8.9's for four full seasons and they are getting pretty tarnished!

I have a pair of 186's, new, that I mounted with AT bindings but the whole rig was too heavy so I switched out to Soul Sevens. I may sell them or give them away at some point... but in the meantime, I think I found you a pair at REI

 

I've been wondering if anyone toured with them.

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Guardian 13s + BBRs was too heavy. I switched to Tyrolia Ambitions (10) and a semi retired pair of Soul7s.  Haven't mounted them yet, and it's strictly slackcountry for now. I'm expecting some good terrain to open up between PC and Canyons, we'll see how easy the access is, and what patrol has to say. Spoke to a new patroller and he wasn't sure they'd like people skinning up Pinecone Ridge, but if it works, it'll be a whole lot easier than boot packing the beast from the other side. 

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