Originally Posted by MelloBoy
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...
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.