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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hello All,
I have been following the forums for a few months now and just registered to ask for advice on my upcoming purchase. I am a lower level advanced skier, 5'10", 170lbs. I ski mostly in the North East but will be making atleast one trip out west this year. My previous equipment list is the lange banshee and the boring rossi viper S 183cm. I have been researching new skiis and would like your input on the the 2006 Bandit B2. Would you recommend the 166 or 174 given my info? Also looking to purchase the lange comp 120 fr mf or the lange crl80, which would be more suitable for me? I am looking to purchase the best match for my ability with allowing some room to grown in regard to skill level. TIA
post #2 of 6
For an all around ski like the B2 I'd probably go with the longer choice, especially for an advanced skier.

As to the boots, you are way beyond the crl80.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks coach13, i am leaning toward toward the 174. Any suggestions on binding?
post #4 of 6
ctski, welcome to EpicSki!

If you stick with the Rossi, I'd suggest just going with the Rossi bindings.

However, you don't really ask any more than about the B2 (which is a fine and popular ski). What are you looking to get from your skis? Is there anything that you prefer in a "feel" or that you'd like to avoid? What turn shapes?

Did you check the Gear FAQ?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
hello ssh,
Thanks for welcoming me and for your advice. I am looking for an all mountain ski and understand some of the deficiencies that come with a product that claims it can do it all. I have also heard many great things about the metron b5 and am open to any other suggestions? I rarely ski the bumps and prefer to cruise along at decent speeds making long drawn out turns. My current ski is the Rossignol Viper S in 183 and it lacks the responsiveness i am looking for as well as any excitement.
post #6 of 6
ctski, one of the things that I do when considering a ski is to note that I prefer a "lively" ski over a "damp" one. Others have preferences in the opposite direction. I find, for example, the Metrons to be a bit livelier ski than the Nordica SpeedMachine series. The Rossis have historically been more of a damp ski, but I've not skied the Viper and so can't do a direct comparison.

You mention that the Viper S is "boring". What are its characteristics that have you describing it that way? If you like "energetic" and "lively" skis, you may find the Metron series (b5, M:11, M:10, and even M:9 according to some folks here) to your liking. But, you may also enjoy the Nordica Hot Rod series, the Fischer RX8 and RX9, and the Elan MagFire series. Among others, certainly.

I have not skied the B2, either, but understand that it is more along the "damper" end of the spectrum than the skis that I've mentioned above (and which I personally prefer). Just remember that skis are very individual, and what one person likes another may not. I do my best to describe the skis I've been on in terms that allow others to make decisions about what they might like. If you haven't taken a look, you might get something out of these reviews (one by dawgcatching, two by me):

Dawg's: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=24363
Mine (04/05): http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=20651
Mine (03/04): http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=12105
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