Originally Posted by ssh
As one who dropped into much of the steep terrain at Alta/Bird this year at the ESA, I'd disagree with this. I also have video (which I have not figured out how to get off the DVD and into a form that I can post) of me skiing bumps on the B5 with a very definite soft-edge bias. The B5 can do this just fine.
I agree with you SSH. I bought a pair of B5s near the end of the season (after demoing many different skis during the season) and I love them! I have read many posts on this forum about how B5s are not good in bumps but my experience is exactly the opposite. I think they are great in bumps.
Now, I will concede that there are better pure bump skis but for one ski in many different types of terrain (especially in the East), the B5s are the best for me. I feel so much more confident in the bumps on the B5s because I can turn quickly and the edge grip is fantastic. In short, they work very well for my style of skiing. YMMV.
I demoed the Recons a couple of years ago and while they are definitely a good ski, they were too damp for me and my skiing preferences. They did not respond very well for me in the bumps or in steep Eastern terrain that required quick slalom turns. It all depends on your style of skiing and your terrain preferences which is why the mantra DEMO, DEMO, DEMO is right on.