|Originally posted by Prosper:
You're right, they are very different feeling skis but they are both billed to do the same things. I definitely found the Bandit XX to be easier to initiate and quicker but also a bit more unstable at speed. The XX was considerably easier in bumps and is much more forgiving. It is probably a bit more versatile overall than the R:EX.
Has anyone else skied both these skis?
Up until a week ago, I owned both in the 184 length. For reference sake, I am 5'8", 170 lbs. and a decent skier.
You have it figured out. You know what the XX does well, and you know recognize that the REX is a beefier tool. If you like the finesse and agility, but can sacrifice speed, get the XX. If you want to rule the bowls, crud, groomers and anywhere else you can open a ski up, go with the REX.
You might consdier looking at a K2 Axis XP. It really fits nicely between those two models. Also, the B2, next year's XX is a bit fatter (76-mm) waist and supposed to be a bit better at speed. Last, Salomon is offering the X-Scream Spicy-hot and Extra-Spicy ski with 76-mm and 82-mm waists for 2004. Those should be softer than the REX, but give nice float for western snow. The 2004 models will cost more, but might provide a higher level of satisfaction.
BTW...I DO NOT have the XX's anymore. Fun ski, but not enough ski for me.[ March 17, 2003, 04:23 PM: Message edited by: Bandit Man ]