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post #31 of 44
hi , i had this mystical revelation last week . i can't run anymore , i can only walk half-arsed anymore , but after 20 years between mountains , i can still ski! ! can anyone please tell me what kind of skis i should look for for my wife , who is beginning? (as a skier) i am on 203 dynastar course GS and love them . as you see , i am beyond help , but will someone have pity for Georgina , and give us some advice?
steve
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by PhilT View Post
I was up at whistler a month ago and I ran into Hugo harrison and some of his friends and roomates (who compete and are very good skiers) every single one of them was on a set of 94' squads. I have never seen that many rossignols in one place before. Counting mine and my friends I think there were 8 pairs of squads at the top of that run add some random dude who I remember skiing by on a pair of mutix and thats a lot of rossis together. In canada.



Oh yea I ski rossignol does that make me a canadian at heart.
No chance that was because he (and they) are sponsored by Rossi, right?

Don't know about the squads, but I've had B2's as rentals and they are VERY boring. No snap at all. I think ponderous was the term I used when I was on them. Even the shop (Summit) apologized because it was the only thing they had left.
post #33 of 44
Thread Starter 
Since I posted this thread back when, I'll throw in coupla thoughts:

1) The original point was to ask why Canadian REVIEWERS liked Rossi's so much more than their U.S. counterparts.

2) I think 89% of humanity would agree that the B-2's are plain vanilla - although surprisingly competent when pushed hard - and their identification as intermediate rentals is probably responsible for far more badmouthing of Rossi than any other model.

3) Is it possible that for whatever reason, U.S. reviewers just like stiffer skis than Canadian reviewers? After all, Canadian reviewers also tend to award Sollies more kudos than most U.S. sources. Hmm. A trend?
post #34 of 44

A biker analogy

Actualy, the best analogy I can think of is Rossignol = Honda motorcycles.
Best sellers, extremely well thought out and designed. They always get the job done and never get in the way.
They're so helpful they eventualy seem boring.
post #35 of 44
Rossi Honda
Atomic Kawasaki
Fischer Suzuki
Salomon Yamaha?
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Rossi Honda
Atomic Kawasaki
Fischer Suzuki
Salomon Yamaha?
Something like that.
(If we pretend that Kawasaki is dominating the MotoGP, of course )
Fisher = Excellent value for money. Not the most progressive brand, but delivers excellent performance with sometimes dull looks.
Salomon = new concepts, good design and marketing.

Where's Dynastar ?
post #37 of 44
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Where's Dynastar ?
Somewhere out there with Elan, Head, K2, Nordica, Stöckli, and Völkl, I guess.
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
Somewhere out there with Elan, Head, K2, Nordica, Stöckli, and Völkl, I guess.
I don't care about Elan, Head, K2, Nordica, Stöckli, and Völkl...

(My point being, actualy, that Dynastar is a Rossi brand with a different target)
post #39 of 44
Is Dynastar officially a "Rossi brand"? I thought they were just under the common ownership of Quicksilver, but continuing to develop independently. Certainly, the skis themselves (at least the advanced ones) have little if anything in common.
post #40 of 44
Rossi is Honda; Dynastar is Honda with a good steering damper.
post #41 of 44
AFAIK Quicksilver owns Rossignol who owns Dynastar (who owns Look and Lange). Dynastar has its own R&D dpt and is as independant as it gets. But it's a subsidiary of Rossi since the late 60's, I think.
post #42 of 44
I'm a racer and ski Fischers. I'm not an obnoxious arrogant american, but I will say that I've tried a fellow racer's Rossi race skis and seemed to overpower them (I'm only 150 lbs). You think the difference could just be in the way skiing is taught in the two countries? I don't really know too much what the canadian culture is like, but a more French approach to skiing might lead to more rossi's. I'm not saying that they're "woman" skis, but its whatever fits your style and works. I gave rossi's a chance and they wanted to pop me out of the turn in the middle of the turn. I took this to mean I was overpowering them.
post #43 of 44
Overpowering would be indicated by feeling that the ski wants to fold in half or lose grip. It sounds like you felt the energy you put into the ski coming back at you. If that's true, and you did not feel that before, I suggest you make the switch to rossi.
post #44 of 44
In my experience, it's a lot easier to overpower Rossignols. On the other hand you can become pretty ham-fisted on Atomics (not to mention a steady diet of Kästle SGs). Fischer seems to have the right balance for me.
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