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B2 or Volkl 724 EXP - Help

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I am leaning toward purchasing Rossi B2s but I am having trouble finding good information on either skis.

I am a relatively new skier - all out West - and I am advancing fairly quickly but I am desiring a ski that is somewhat forgiving and will let me make some mistakes.
post #2 of 19
If you are looking for a more forgiving ski, go with the B2. Also, you may want to demo the Dynastar Legend 4800 and perhaps the Atomic Metron M10. There is plenty of good info. out there; however, demoing is always best. Go to this thread for plenty of websites with quality ski reviews: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=20015
post #3 of 19
if youre a new skier, go with the b2
its a much easier ski to ski
the volkl exp is better for speed cause its super stable
post #4 of 19
Go with a Rossi B1 instead of the B2. You will find it more foregiving and probably progress faster on it. If you improve then take a look at the B2 or similar ski...but not now.

Your main challenge as a progressing skier is to improve your technique and the B1 is a good balance of all mountain performance and foregiveness. There are other similar skis in other lines as well. The B2 is somewhat forgiving but not a ski for an aspiring skier.
post #5 of 19
Ditto. I would say bsimeral has a better plan, B1 now and next year then move up to the B2 or similar ski... or one step down from the EXP now.
post #6 of 19

Dissent!

Respectfully have to disagree. My every day ski (really my only ski) in the east is 74 mm underfoot. If you're in the west, I would say one of the mid fats with a waist width of 74 - 80 mm would be a good start. If you can demo the B2, Dynastar 4800, the EXP and M10, you should get an idea about which of these you like.
post #7 of 19
Max, bsimeral,
i found the B1 to be less forgiving than the B2 last year. unless things have changed drastically this year, i would think the B1 would still be less forgiving than the B2. The B2 felt softer and more "cushy" than the B1...

melloboy
post #8 of 19
B2!
post #9 of 19
The Exp Is Much More Forgiving Than The 724 Pro. B2 Is Too Soft. You Could Grow Into The Exp And Like It Very Much
post #10 of 19
I found the B2 to be a better ski all-around as well. The B1 feels like plywood, and 78 (I think its 78 in the waist now) is nowhere near too fat for the east.
post #11 of 19
It sounds like you are at the same point I was when I bought the original bandit xx when it first came out.I think the original was alot less forgiving than the new B2.The ski was a little much for the first 10 days or so but by the end of that season my skiing ability and the terrain I was able to ski were much improved.That was the 1999/2000 season.I have added other skiis to quiver scince then(xxx and b3)but still have and ski the old double x's 10 or so days a year.So for me the jump from a begginer ski to what was then an all mountain expert ski paid off.The b3 is now my favorite ski but I dont see how you could go wrong with the b2.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by MelloBoy
Max, bsimeral,
i found the B1 to be less forgiving than the B2 last year. unless things have changed drastically this year, i would think the B1 would still be less forgiving than the B2. The B2 felt softer and more "cushy" than the B1...

melloboy
Rossi designed these skis for different types of skiers...B1 for strong intermediate to expert and B2 for advanced to expert. The B1 is for the skier who skis groomed 75% and the b2 50%.

However, we all react to skis in a different way and forgiveness is very subjective. Both skis seem forgiving to me but you are right that the B2 feels softer as it is designed for more off piste skiing.

Bottom line is that there is no better way to select a ski than to demo. We all have different reactions to a given ski...even experts. One person's smile is another's grimance. Demo, demo, demo.

I work for a shop and get to demo a lot of different skis and have done so for the past 40 years. But what I like might be totally at odds with what you like.
post #13 of 19
B2 is more versatile
post #14 of 19
Between the B1 or B2, which is better in the moguls? Or both pretty similar?
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thank You

To those that replied - thank you very much. Your responses were very helpful. This is a great resource.

rs
post #16 of 19
I'm actually in the same boat. I can't decide between the EXP, B1, or 5 star. I'm coming off a 6 star last year and sold it because it was a little too one minded for me. and being only 165 lbs I didn't really have much weight to bend it. I loved it for bombing down the mountain but once I got in tight spots it became a little tricky. any other input for an advanced-expert skier?? I also skied the 4 star which was to squirrly for me at speeds. I'm a primarily east coast skier but am looking for a ski to do it all(don't they all claim that these days)? I work at a ski shop and we get a few pair of shop skis including the crossfire so thats why its not on my list, being the xt was my favorite ski last year.
post #17 of 19
Shea-bird, I would go with the EXP for a good complement to the Crossfire. I have skiied the EXP and love how smooth it is. And if you like how the K2s feel you will most likely enjoy the Volkls more. I found the EXP to be a great Eastern all mountain ski.
post #18 of 19
I'm super glad to hear that because I have been leaning in that direction for a while now...my only gripe was that it has been noted to not handle speed as well as some other all mountain skis in some reviews. being the pro's skinnier brother I find that hard to believe. Did you find the ski to perform well at high speeds, ie-edge grip, and stability?

thanks
post #19 of 19
demoed the exp at 170cm last year at okemo
i'm 5'10" 150lbs
surface was very hard packed (not quite boilerplate but close)
exp was the best edge-gripping, most stable ski i demoed that day (i also demoed B1,B2,elan 666, and a k2 ski i cant remember)
certainly the exp is a fine east-coast bomber ski
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