Bandit B78 Skis are created specifically for experts
who want total versatility. Modeled after the 2007 Rossignol
Bandit B2, the B78 excels in powder, crud, and has amazing grip on the hard pack. New for 2008, these skis feature the TPI Free system. This Freeride-specific tool-free integrated ski/binding system allows individual toe and heel control beams to combine in the center with VAS (Visco material that absorbs vibrations). The Axium 120 Bindings feature Performance Geometry, a design that allows the binding to become a performance-enhancing tool. The forward pressure has been increased by 30%, improving rebound and responsiveness. The Elastic Travel is the longest on the market and creates a dramatic improvement in the transfer of power to the snow. Killer advancements in the 2008 Bandit B78 Skis + Axium 120 Bindings go to show that optimal performance and the latest technology are to be expected from the Pure Mountain Company, Rossignol.
B2 info here... http://www.evogear.com/outlet/skis/r...t-b2-2007.aspx
Rossi/Look/Dynastar/Lange was approaching its last days with Quicksilver ownership when the 78's were made, now there are a whole new batch of Rossis coming out with wood cores and World Cup sandwich construction. I am looking forward to trying out a pair of CX80's sometime this year.
Instead of viewing the ski as being designed or marketed to experts or intermediates, take a look at it this way...
I ski mostly at Telluride and Taos. 75% of the time the snow is soft. Thats where these skis excel. They work well in bumps, which is where I spend much of my day. They carve well, but not anything like a carving ski. As mentioned before, they are light...helps alot when hiking. Good to great all around ski.
Whale of a reputation but gracefully heading into the history books.
If you have lots of dough, skip the 78's and get some Phantom 80's...similar only better.
Hope that helps...I got them because I am low on dough and coming out of ACL reconstruction. Seem like a great ski for my new knee.