I took the Rossi B1's out for a spin on new years eve at Sierra @ Tahoe.
I originally went in being skeptical of this ski. I'm a biased Volkl skier. I am 5'6", 140 lbs and was skiing on the 176cm skis with demo marker bindings using Salomon X-Scream Course boots.
when i first flexed the skis by hand, i thought that they were alot stiffer than i expected and was slightly bummed because I didn't want something stiff. In terms of stiffness, i really liked the first year G3 vertigo motions which were softened up from the G31 the year before, so I didn't expect to be making alot of good turns [img]smile.gif[/img]
the first thing i noticed when skiing them was that they were damp. too damp for my taste. I wasn't getting tactile feedback from the snow so it was very awkward for me. i like feeling what i'm skiing. I would put dampness on par with Volants, if not more damp. If i hit some crud, i felt a little garble, but not much. On the positive side, tho, this dampness enabled me to have a little more confidence with my skiing. It was nice having a damp ski, but personally I do prefer some liveliness to the ski.
Turning...in turns, if you loaded the tail, you definitely got a little "oomph" out of them, but nothing like the volkl t50 5stars or GS skis. that's not to say there was nothing. you could feel some acceleration out of the turns. because it was not much, though, a backseat skier shouldn't have a problem with getting kicked off the ski. it was a more difficult for me to do shorter radius turns than with the volkl motion, but long gs style turns were stable imho. i believe this has some to do with the ski being damp. in terms of directional stability going straight....it wasn't very stable. maybe it's the cants in my boots, maybe it's because i didn't have insoles, maybe it's because of the skis, but the skis did not want to go straight. at best, it would always skid one direction or another.
hardpack handling...not much hardpack on the 31st, but from what i did encounter, the stability didn't seem to be there. i kept on losing an edge on hardpack. this might be attributed to the smaller edge bevel angles than other skis on the market. rossi i believe uses 1 degree base 1 degree side, whereas the skis with supreme edgehold like atomic and volkl use a much more aggressive 1 degree base 3 degree side which allows the skis to "bite" into the hardpack more.
bumps...i suck at bumps but i was able to skid through them [img]smile.gif[/img]
i have to admit, aside from the minor complaints I had, the ski was fun and suited to my skiing style imho. i don't like short turns and like to just stick with longer gs turns and it had the stability there. in deep snow, it does just as well as any other all mtn ski i've used. but, the definite defining characteristic is DAMP. DAMP DAMP DAMP. if the modx felt damp, this ski is....dead lol. regardless of the skis making me feel more confident, i'd rather sacrifice that and know what i'm skiing on with tactile feedback [img]smile.gif[/img]
hope this helps!