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Purchasing 1st pair - Is Volkl Bridge the way to go?

post #1 of 10
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Hey everyone,

I just stumbled on this site a few weeks ago but really like what I have seen so far.

Quick back story. I've probably been skiing for about 8 years now (21yrs old) but only average 1-3 sessions per season, so all in all I've only gone 20ish times.

I *always* rent skiis because I know I never go enough to purchase, and I really just didn't care enough at the time.

Now on to the conundrum. My very first time skiing I was going down black diamonds by my 5th run down a trail. For me, skiing just felt natural. By the end of my first day I was hitting small jumps on the terrain park and going on closed off "ungroomed terrain" 'trails.'

Needless to say, I feel very confident on shitty rental skiis and there isn't any trail, trees, off-course, jumps, rails, whatever that I won't give a try. But I am tired of rental skiis. They just don't allow me to do what I want to do anymore.

I would say now-a-days I spend 50/50 of my time on diamonds/speed trails and the other 50% in the terrain park. I really want to start trying some harder tricks but know I need better equipment first.

I started looking online for twin-tip skiis that would match my style and I came across the 07/08 or 08/09 Volkl Bridge's.

..."As the name implies, the Bridge is an all-new ski that forms the 'Bridge' between big mountain and park riding. Even the graphic borrows a little from our big-mountain and park-specific graphics. The shape is 130-92-112mm. For the skier who wants a ski that will ride great in the park, yet still have the width and strength to take on really deep conditions."

By the way, I am 5'6, 140lbs. very athletic / agile and want to start averaging 10 sessions per season, so buying equipment is a must.

Thanks in advance for any help and can't wait to dive in to the community.

PS: It may be worth noting that my first time, 8 years ago, I used a pair of 140s and havn't gone any bigger since than for some reason. I guess I felt the shorter skiis helped with freestyle skiing. Is that accurate? And what does that mean for my purchase since I doubt the Bridges go below 150, although I want something in the 150-155 range anyway (i think!).

~johnnyBuz
post #2 of 10
Sorry for a canned response, but my strongest advice is to get boots.
With your description of enthusiasm and ability, I'd say go to a bootiftter and get a GOOD pair of boots. Then demo skis and see what you like.

By "rental" I'm assuming you're talking about renting from the basic mountain rental fleet? If that's the case, then you'll likely be shocked at the speed and performance of your options.

VolklBridge:
Its a Bridge between park, all mountain, big mountain, which means that it does everything 'ok', but it won't likely WOW you in any of those categories.

Hope this helps.

Oh, and Welcome to EpicSki!!!
post #3 of 10
Anyone know how the Salomon Dumont twin tips perform in all conditions? A local shop recommended to check out either the Volkl Bridge or the Dumont. The reviews over the Internet seem to praise the Dumont. Any opinions?
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks trek,

Maybe it's also worth noting...

I am from Philadelphia and mostly ski in the Pennsylvania/New York area and sometimes Vermont/New Hampshire while I am at school in Boston.

The Poconos (Pennsylvania) aren't the best of mountains, so do you think shops there will have skiis available to demo?
post #5 of 10
I see a fair number of Bridges up here in New England, but less as a park ski than a powder/tree/all purpose soft snow ski. IMO, not the best choice for further south or for 50% park use. Some other ideas:

Scott Punisher - Pops up on Tramdock periodically for silly low prices. said to be geared toward lighter skiers (you), and very versatile, good on hardpack.

Volkl Wall - Descendent of the old Karma, great grip on ice, good for air/landing. Hard to find cheap.

Line Anthem - Will be very cheap soon, nice all-around that's forgiving, as wide as the Bridge but flexier, so-so on ice.

Salomon Suspect - Also turns up on Tramdock, light but damp, excellent for lighter skiers who are more into the park than the groomed.

Dynastar Big Trouble - Will be cheap in a month, highest performance upside and most versatile of the bunch but also the most demanding, so lessons would be in order here.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hmm interesting take. I kind of like what I see from the Line Anthem and Salomon Suspect.

Two other things of note.

1. Most of the skiis I'm looking at start at 161cm or bigger. I found the Salomon at 151cm which I think suits my style better as I normally ride a 140-150.

2. I'de say I've been doing 50/50 groom/park lately. I want a ski that is more than adequate for the park but doesn't sacrifice any mobility/handling on the groomers. Me and my buddies love flying down the blacks with sharp turns.

I like the artwork on the Suspects too though. I'm gonna read up on them for awhile.
post #7 of 10
the bridges are good. my friend skis them and recomends them highly. Also the wall is a great ski as well as the mantra. check them out
post #8 of 10
The mantra would be a horrible park ski.
post #9 of 10
true bit it would kick ass every where else . a better park ski def' would be the wall.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by johnnyBuz View Post
Hmm interesting take. I kind of like what I see from the Line Anthem and Salomon Suspect.

Two other things of note.

1. Most of the skiis I'm looking at start at 161cm or bigger. I found the Salomon at 151cm which I think suits my style better as I normally ride a 140-150.

2. I'de say I've been doing 50/50 groom/park lately. I want a ski that is more than adequate for the park but doesn't sacrifice any mobility/handling on the groomers. Me and my buddies love flying down the blacks with sharp turns.

I like the artwork on the Suspects too though. I'm gonna read up on them for awhile.

Ok, first of all I work in a shop and sell Volkl's, Salomon's, and Line's and I am going to have to say go with Volkls. Such quality skis. The Suspects and Dumonts have quality issues.. they don't hold up too well if you're skiing a lot of park. The Line Anthems are a nice ski but I am not fond of the cap construction... gotta have the gnarly sidewalls you know? Get the Bridges or Walls. Sick skis. Nuff said.
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