I posted this in a thread on the CX 80, but this is a very different ski and should not be confused with the Phantom SC 80.
Here's the other thread on the CX 80:
Actually I demoed the Rossi Phantom SC 80, it's a dark blue/black ski with a tip in the rear though it's not I guess a true twin tip. It's in their "Freeride" category. I tried it in their what, 176cm 180cm length.
The picture on their website makes it look like you can actually see that detail on the ski, but it's actually printed in black on dark blue/black. Given that, you'd have to have some sort of truly exceptional eyesight to actually see what it looks like on their website. (I think I spend more time on the looks than on the performance. That should tell you something)
edit: Ok, here's a picture for you!
hmmm...didn't come out well. take this how you want but to me it's appropo
I think this is the ski broad described above in post#2, though I'm confused because they don't sound like the same thing. I suspect his bindings could've been mounted too far back.
The ski is very soft, though "very" depends on your weight. For me, at 200lbs, it's very soft. In fact, had I taken it out of the rack and flexed it, it's doubtful I'd have demoed it. I was in a hurry though, and was somewhat confusing it with good things I've heard about the CX80 out east.
You're going to have to look up the specs, but I believe it's around 86mm in the waist and somewhere around 16-18m sidecut? Sorry, but I demoed it from snowmass, skied it at Aspen and well didn't write this stuff down.
Edit: Ok, obviously it's 80mm in the waist, I looked up the specs:
122/80/109 size 180cm = doesn't say but 185 is 17.2 so yeah 180 is probably 16-16.5.
Conditions were packed powder with some tracked out powder.
Skied groomers and moguls mostly. (What else is at Aspen?)
The ski is meant for soft snow I guess, though frankly it did best in long radius turns on the groomers! Yeah, how bizarre is that! Though it would be foolish to buy it for that. Well, I wouldn't really recommend buying it for anything honestly, if you're near my weight. Lighter skiers might appreciate it a lot more.
I didn't really find the ski "there" much. It pretty much dealt with what it got, but had no character or quality at all. It was pretty good at absorbing moguls, a quality which had it's place when we made about 7 runs down the FIS lift moguls with no poles. Certainly it's better than a slalom ski for moguls but that only means it bends a lot easier. I'll take the slalom ski!
Absorbing moguls is one thing, having some spirit on the way out of the absorption is another. It had little, which make me declare it "somewhat dead". Actually, let's just call it "brain dead" since it does function. Beside moguls, it just had no character or spirit at all coming out of a decambered situation.
I could make some sort of bar/girl story comparison, but I'd just sound terrible and get in trouble! Let's say this ski is like warm chamomile tea with milk though you've left the mug on the counter for awhile. If that's your cup, then go for it. (Brits take note!)
Oddly, it's performance on the packed, firm powder was much more inspired. That may be skewed a bit though by the bar being set so low! I certainly wouldn't recommend it for the east or groomers though.
I wouldn't recommmend at all actually!!
Edited by Tog - Tue, 03 Feb 09 04:00:09 GMT