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no more rossi bandits?

post #1 of 10
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I was looking on the Rossignol web site and couldn't fine the Bandits. Did they stop making them? I think that is a huge loss for them because that was my favorite all mountain ski that wasn't a twin tip.  too bad.... 
post #2 of 10
Yep, they are gone.  The B2, B3, B4, B-squad turned into the B78, B83, B94, B100 for a year or two.
Last year (or was it longer?) they were replaced with the phantoms, which were similar but different internal construction.  Not sure what's in the lineup this year.

I have B3's that I love, so I'm a little sad to see them go as well.
post #3 of 10
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That's too bad, I thought they were great skis. And I think they stopped making them 2 years ago
post #4 of 10
If you love the Bandits then check out the Phantoms.  They made some updates but the main characteristics of the skis seemed to remain the same which is a good thing.
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The only Phantom I've tried is the 107 (or 108? something like that) in a 190-ish length.  Way, way too stiff for my liking.  But then, I was never on a B100-squad and it probably would have been too stiff for me too.

I haven't felt the need to try the B3 equivalent because mine are still going strong.
post #6 of 10
A bunch of the older noodle-core models are still available on sierra trading post.
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I came across something on eBay...

ROSSI-41.jpg

                                     Click skis to see eBay listing

 

"Limited Edition Rossignol Bandit B2 Olympic 41s recreate the look of skis first produced in 1941"

 

Listed as new, not used; thought they looked kinda cool. Anyone ever seen/skied these?

post #8 of 10

I have skied the bandits and phatoms. The phatoms are very similar

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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

I came across something on eBay...

ROSSI-41.jpg

                                     Click skis to see eBay listing

 

"Limited Edition Rossignol Bandit B2 Olympic 41s recreate the look of skis first produced in 1941"

 

Listed as new, not used; thought they looked kinda cool. Anyone ever seen/skied these?


According to a slopeside shop, they are just the old B2s with different graphics.

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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post

According to a slopeside shop, they are just the old B2s with different graphics.


Thanks for getting back with that. I know the B2 changed over the years, but I believe this is the one with the 78mm waist, maybe a 2007? (Don't know when Rossi's 100 year anniversary was.)

 

Poking around the net I've seen a "Bandit B78 Respect" ski from time to time, which is typically advertised as "a modern Randonee ski ... lighter version of the Bandit B78". Seems to have the same dimensions (116-78-105), shark nose, dualtec.

 

Curious, if mounted with Alpine bindings how would a B78 Respect compare to a "normal" B2/B78? Lower speed limit, not so great in harder/chunkier conditions? Being lighter (softer?) might it be a good mogul ski?

 

Just trying to fill in some blanks in my understanding. Thx.

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