Originally Posted by Whiteroom
Rossiskier, I like the authority and conviction with which you speak, unfortunately you don't know what the current (last years and this coming seasons) B3 is DO YOU???
Thats what I love about this site, advice from people who sort of seem to know what they are talking about, but in reality have no clue.
The B3, FOR EVERYONE NOT SURE WHAT IT IS: 120-83-110 17.3m Radius. NOT THEIR 'POWDER SKI'.
Beyond, sorry dude but the 'Free Absorber' mounting plate is going to cause a lot of headaches trying to mount an AT binding. They make the 'Powderbird' tele ski (same ski without free absorber)for use with AT bindings. AT bindings on a B3 will definately void any warranty. As long as no screws are off the metal area of the 'free absorber' you will probably be alright but that will be a crap shoot, it seems like they designed it to be a pain for any binding thats not a Rossi/Look.
There are somewhat more diplomatic ways to suggest someone's information is wrong than to suggest that people have no clue. And SHOUTING (with caps) doesn't necessarily get your point across BETTER!
I'm pretty sure that the recommendations you're peeved about were made in completely good faith.
Unless you're piped directly into the Rossi tech organization, it's extremely difficult to figure out where on the spectrum all these B-Series models (and their backcountry counterparts) fall. Here is my impression; none of this is correct and I'm making it all up, but you get the point:
"The 2003 B3 has essentially the same dimensions as the 2002 B2 except for a millimeter or two somewhere along the ski. The 2005 B4 is the 2004 B3 but a little stiffer/softer/narrower/wider than the Sickbird/Snowbird except for the ________________. And the 2007 B4 is sorta like the B-Squad but that depends on whether you're talking about the 184cm B-Squad or the 193cm because they're completely different skis aimed at totally different skiers."
I'm sorry, but how in the world is anyone supposed to keep all that straight?
Even if Rossi didn't *intentionally* hash this all up to confuse the casual ski buyer, they have succeeded in making it really difficult for an awful lot of people.
Anyway, you have great input and it appears that your knowledge of Rossi's is light years better than mine. I just think your tone could be a tiny bit more civil.