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Rossi Pow-Air

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Rossignol has dropped the Pow-Air, the new Scratch twin-tip is this year's must-have trickster, and old Pow-Airs are turning up here and there at decent sale prices. Does anyone have any experience using the Pow-Air as an all-mountain ski? I usually play it safe and stick to the blues, but if somebody out there was to help me talk myself into getting the Pow-Air, who knows, I might even take a chance and venture into the terrain park. (Do they let old guys into those things?)
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The powair skis a lot like the single X Bandit but has no metal so you can land wierd jumps and not worry about bends. Unlike a lot of other twins it can be used all mountain without any drawbacks.
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What is your size/ability and what length Pow Air do you have? I demoed the 2001 model of the Bandit X, in 184cm if I remember correctly. It felt shorter and lighter than my Elan X-2000 in 183cm. I'm a 6ft, 170lb upper intermediate so I think I would go for the Pow Air in a 178cm length.
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I bought some beaten up 2001 Powairs from a friend at the end of last season. I was just looking for a beater ski I could jump on, ski woods, etc... But I was pleasantly surprized with their performance. I'm 5'8" 155 lbs and a racer, and I ski on the 168 length. They're not the greatest for high-speed steeper stuff, but as a cruiser carving ski, they're really good! They hold an edge well enough at lower speeds, and the soft tail makes them a lot of fun, and really easy. Their waist profile is quite a bit narrower than most park skis, so that makes them much more all-mountain friendly. I'd recommend them to you. Seems like a good choice. But maybe consider getting 168's. 178 is pretty long. I ski GS on 180's, just so you know...
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Welcome to Epic Ski. What kind of binding would you recommend for the Pow Air? I was thinking of switching the Tyrolia Cyber 7 binding with 9mm Carve Plate from my Elans to the Pow Airs. Should I leave out the lifter plate or would it help make the ski a better carver? I like the extra carving power you get with a plate but have no experience with using them on twintips.
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Thanks for the welcome! The plate should work on the ski, and will definitely help you carve better. I'd recommend it, as you don't want it as a park-specific ski. My friends who are "jibbers" tell me that lower is better for jumping, but for all-mountain, having a plate will do you good.
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