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Rossignol Bandit B78

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I'm helping 2 friends with ski purchases.  They found a very low price deal on the 2008 Rossignol Bandit B78.  Since I don't know much at all about the Rossi skis, I was hoping I could get some feedback from folks here about the pluses and minuses of these skis.  They will be used in the East as an all-mountain ski (one ski quiver) and the skiers are Level 6/7 and Level 7/8.  Both weigh in the 165-175 lb. range.  I realize these would not be skis that an expert would like, but how well are they fitted to these types of skiers?  What lengths might make sense?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 13

A lot of people around here seem not to like Rossi's, but I've demoed the B83 (same ski just a little wider) and thought it was a pretty good all around ski.  I didn't really think anything made it stand out as a great ski, but there wasn't anything particularly bad about it either.  It was a good stable all around ski.  I tried it in fresh snow in Taos and it handled everything well.

 

It's not what I decided to go with in the end, but it was good enough that when a good deal popped up on tramdock, I bought the women's version for my wife and she loves them.

 

 

post #3 of 13

174 and they are good skis

post #4 of 13

Not beefy enough to get the real hard chargers excited but for what your friends are looking for they will serve them well for a long, long time. ditto 174

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The B78 is a ski more people should buy but their egos don't let them.  They are a damp, forgiving ski that does everything well, but nothing excellently.  They allow recreational skiers to start trying to ski more off-piste conditions without fear of being punished for doing something wrong.  I've recommended them to friends more than any other ski.

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Thanks all for the replies ... sounds like these may be a no-brainer for the Level 6/7 skier.  How far can this ski take someone who is already a Level 7/8?  They found these brand new with bindings for around $295.

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Hard to go wrong @ $295 w/ bindings, unless they don't end up liking them....  They are probably appropriate for an average weight level 6/7'er (like your friends) as long as they are not athletic or aggressive skiers.  If they are, these are very dead ski's that don't react quickly to any sort of input (which is what makes them perfect for a less-agressive skier).

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No offense ski-ra, but as many people here who have skied with me can attest, I'm very aggressive and very athletic, ski mostly bumps, trees, steeps and backcountry and I own three pairs of Rossignols.

 

I don't see them as wimps. Just because they are known for being damp and forgiving doesn't mean they aren't for expert skiers. I'll back it up anyday.

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I consider myself an expert I guess, and I have the B83 and they're great in any kind of soft snow and off-piste, but pretty bad on hard groomers, which doesn't bother me much.  I would agree that they're forgiving and therefore confidence inspiring.  I think rather than thinking about their skill level, it's important to consider where they like to ski.  If they will stick to groomed stuff in the east, there are probably better skis for them out there at similar prices.

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Lars,
 

 

Do you mind telling me what your height and weight is and which models of Rossis you ski?  I've noticed a lot of posters in these forums are not Rossi fans, so it's good to hear from someone who has experience skiing them successfully.

 

Thanks.

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No offense ski-ra, but as many people here who have skied with me can attest, I'm very aggressive and very athletic, ski mostly bumps, trees, steeps and backcountry and I own three pairs of Rossignols.

 

I don't see them as wimps. Just because they are known for being damp and forgiving doesn't mean they aren't for expert skiers. I'll back it up anyday.


 

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I agree, the B78 are not wimps and many expert skiers find them a good balance between performance and ease of use. Some folks just like stiffer, heavier skis Unless your friend is young, athletic and aggressive with a preference for a stiff ski the B78 may be all the ski they will ever need.

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Lars,
 

 

Do you mind telling me what your height and weight is and which models of Rossis you ski?  I've noticed a lot of posters in these forums are not Rossi fans, so it's good to hear from someone who has experience skiing them successfully.

 

Thanks.


 


 

5'9" 186 at the moment. I've owned everything from the 4sk to the DirtyBird, which is my everyday ski today. Favorites over the years? 4SM, T-Power Viper in a 174, The entire Bandit Series, the XX and the B2 were my favorites but still use a pair of B3's for powder days.

 

I started skiing Rossignols when I started patrolling. I was looking for aa ski that I didn't have to think about skiing. That's important for a Patroller cause there's many more improtant things to do than think about making turns. Ya, they're a no brainer ski but they are also the most forgiving easiest ski to ski as well as being very durable. People think you need a big beefy stiff woodcore ski to get them around. Not true. In fact, many people would progress faster and ski better if they had skis more suitable to them instead of their friends.

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People think you need a big beefy stiff woodcore ski to get them around. Not true. In fact, many people would progress faster and ski better if they had skis more suitable to them instead of their friends.


 

You nailed it.

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