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B2's, What length?

post #1 of 18
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I am planning on picking up some Rossi B2's to complement my Volkl 5*'s (175cm) and would like opinions on what length, 176 or 182? Rossi's are 04-05 models with Rossi bindings. I am probably level 6-7 skiier 6' 220 lb. All suggestions appreciated.

Thanks

Cirque & AE, feel free to jump in here as we have skiied together and might have some insight.
post #2 of 18
182 there Big Boy.
post #3 of 18
of Nice to hear from you again. Enjoyed skiing with you last March. The B2 needs to be skied a bit longer than your 5 star. You will find it to be softer and more forgiving, and of course its wider, and can be a soft condition ski.

Actually, after skiing with you and considering that you don't have a big need for speed, the 176 makes some sense. You could easily ski either one, and based on my assumption you are looking for an easier turning ski, rather than a faster more stable one, I go short. This is an easier going ski than the 5 Star.
post #4 of 18
Definitely go with the 182, but compliment it with a B3 instead. Overall, I think for a guy of your size (just like me) you'd enjoy it more. BTW - I was born in Portsmouth, live in NoVa but heading for SLC in a couple years. CR, I'm coming to Tahoe in January... can I ski with you?
post #5 of 18
I'd agree with 182cm, but you'd be better to go for the 05/06 model if you can - they appear to be a big improvement on earlier year's B2s.
post #6 of 18
Take a look at the review by Peter Kealty in "Real skiers".
post #7 of 18
I've skied on B2's for the past two seasons in all conditions and find the 176 to be plenty of ski.
post #8 of 18
Bandit series is a nice friendly easy-going ski. You should have no problem with the 182.
post #9 of 18
I also point you to the B3 as a better compliment to your Volkl. I demoed both last spring. Not only is the B3 wider than the B2, it seems to ski that much better, espcially in tougher snow. Seems obvious, given the sizes, but you would know if you skiied them. I demoed the 182 in the B2 and the 176 in the B3 and both right for me (6'0" 178 and level 8-9).
post #10 of 18
Billiam, Not to argue with you but I own both skis and the B2 is much better on groomed and in bumps than the B3. The B3 is better in powder over a foot deep than the B2 but other than that, I'd rather be on the B2 most times.

He'd probably have no problems with the 182 but for my enjoyment the 176 excells in all conditions and carves better than the 182. Why go longer than necessary?
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Lars
Billiam, Not to argue with you but I own both skis and the B2 is much better on groomed and in bumps than the B3. The B3 is better in powder over a foot deep than the B2 but other than that, I'd rather be on the B2 most times.
Are you talking about the new, utterly different B3, or the old built like a plank B3?
post #12 of 18
Have you skied the utterly new B3? How would you know how different it is? It's last years B3 and it's not a bad ski. It just doesn't handle like the B2 does and unless you're a really good skier in all conditions it'll kick your ass. For that reason the guy should be on the B2
post #13 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars
Have you skied the utterly new B3? How would you know how different it is? It's last years B3 and it's not a bad ski. It just doesn't handle like the B2 does and unless you're a really good skier in all conditions it'll kick your ass. For that reason the guy should be on the B2
Do you actually think I'd ask that question and make that statement if I hadn't?

Its about 11mm narrower at the waist, for one thing. Its also different in a variety of other ways. Its a lot more skiable than the old B3.

Bill had a point, I was wondering if perhaps you disagreed with him because you didn't know the new B3 isn't the same as ye old B3.

Why so perturbed?

FWIW, the old mold is being used for the B4:
http://www.skimag.com/skimag/buyers_...ki1103,00.html
post #14 of 18
Lars: I was talking about the new B2 and B3, which are not radically, but significantly different from last prior two year's skis. I really liked the new B3 (it's orange colored) over the B2 (the blue ski). In the B3, I like the shorter length; in the B2 I like the longer length. I just think the (new) B3 is more versatile and yet skis bumps just fine.

I also rented the "old" B3 for three different powder days and like it but not as much as the Pocket Rocket. But I like the new B3 more than any of these mentioned skis.
post #15 of 18
Mr. Hazmat, the original poster was asking about last years B2. Not this years. I'm sure he has some kind of a deal going on them and not this years which I realize is different.
post #16 of 18
I'm afraid to even try the new B3 and 4. I might like themmore than the ones I have now and would have to buy a new pair of skis which I don't need. Maybe towards the end of the season.
post #17 of 18
Lars, you are right sir. For the "old" B2, I skied the 182 and it was great. It's swingweight is so light, that the "longer" length was no problems in tight spots or bumps. I think the new Bandit series will be better in crud and in edge grip.
post #18 of 18
You can bet that Lars will be demoing all of the new B series at some point during the Winter. And, please don't call me sir. Itmakes me feel old.
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