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post #1 of 10
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i am considering buying rossignol b2s vs dynastar 8000 (or 4800). i am 6' tall, 180 lbs, high intermediate to advanced. i usually ski linked large-radius turns on groomed runs in lake tahoe ski areas, but i of course need to make it through occasional slush, ice or sierra cement. i like to turn by leaning the skis on edge. i am 57 years old and am often limited by how tired my legs get by the end of the day. any advice which of these skis (or another if you wish to recommend one) will keep me lively til the end of the day?
post #2 of 10
Hi John: Either of the skis you mentioned sound excellent. My wife has the B2's and totally loves them. They're soft, easy to ski and highly regarded. The Dynastars have all receive rave reviews this year. I'm sure you'd like them also.

If you find your legs giving out, consider spreading your weight more evenly between your skis. In days gone by, it was always: "weight the downhill ski".

This still applies on difficult steep slopes, on ice or when racing.

However, on most terrain, you can "double" carve both skis simultaneously. This gives you twice the edge control and spares one leg from carrying an extreme burden.

Once you get the hang of it, double carving is easier on the legs, and provides more effective control.

Good luck!
post #3 of 10
I just bought a pair of head monster i.m 77's 170cm from dawg/check is sale. They are great and I was not nearly as tired skiing them. There is a shop in Truckee that demo's them. I ski of pieste when I can so you may want to look at the 70 or there 1100/1200 skis for mor groomed.

I also tried using the two footed skiing style. This was the first pair of skis that I really got it, so may also have helped.

I skiied with some one that just bought a new pair of K2 apache rencon's and loved them, skis similar to you. Another demoed the 8000 and love them as well, but lower level than you.

Bobos mogulmouse in Reno is also having a demo day at MT Rose March 20th I think and you can sign up to demo with them. Granite Chief at Squaw alos used to have a demo day the first part of April so yo may sheck with them.
Good Luck, there is lots of good skis out there.
post #4 of 10
Buy the 8000 and don't look back. It's the best ski overall in that class without exception IMO. A close second is Elan's 666.

You may want to try Nordica's new Hot Rods as well. I haven't skied them, but I hear they're sweet skis.
post #5 of 10
Tough call between those two skis. I have recommended the B2 to three friends because of how damp and forgiving they are. The main reason I recommended the B2 is because my friends venture into steep terrain, crud and moguls where the damp nature of the B2 really helps.

The 8000 is not as forgiving but has better edge hold especially at speed and on hard snow. You would have to work them more in moguls and tight spots. On the other hand you won't have to put as much effort into them for long radius turns on hard snow. Since you're mainly sticking to groomers you'd be happier with the 8000.
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Originally Posted by Rio
Tough call between those two skis. I have recommended the B2 to three friends because of how damp and forgiving they are. The main reason I recommended the B2 is because my friends venture into steep terrain, crud and moguls where the damp nature of the B2 really helps.

The 8000 is not as forgiving but has better edge hold especially at speed and on hard snow. You would have to work them more in moguls and tight spots. On the other hand you won't have to put as much effort into them for long radius turns on hard snow. Since you're mainly sticking to groomers you'd be happier with the 8000.
Damn, I hate it when you're right.
post #7 of 10
Before you buy new skis, try taking a few lessons and learn how to get forward on your skis and let your bones carry your weight not your leg muscles. A lot of people ski with their butt hanging over the back of the heels. you need to stand up and keep your butt over the arch's in your feet. That way the bones line up and carry your weight. You should find that your legs do not get as tired. You will also find more performance out of your current skis.

If you think new skis will help, go with the 8000 try it in 165cm first.
post #8 of 10
I'm not from Tahoe, but groomers are relatively similiar. Why no suggestions for the 4800? i say this because:
1. I love my 8000's, but I try to mix groomed/ fresh
2. Specifically stated he wants them for groomers
3. Even when there's some fresh the 113-74-99 dimensions aren't exactly narrow (very similiar to B2)
4. If it really dumps, then demo/rent something fat.

my Vote: 172 Legend 4800.
The 4800 will be better on the groomed and ice that he mentioned and slush just kinda stinks all around. Neither the B2 or the 8000 are crud busters so Its not like you're giving anything up there. Because the 4800 is a touch softer and you are 180 looking for longer turns, i choose at least 172, possibly 178.
post #9 of 10
Just purchased the B-2 this season and cannot put em down.I've been on packed,ice(takes a lot of edging),soft moguls,18" powder and love the way they work for me.
I'm 55 , 215lbs and been skiing 20+ yrs. I ski them at 183 . Never skied the 8000's but heard good things of them.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks, everybody!

john
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