On the General Ski Forum, the Gear Forum and the Consumer Review Forum, I've left no doubt that I have taken a liking to the latest iteration of the Rossignol Bandit XX. That ski is constructed with a tapered metal sheet - that is, the metal layer is wider at the tip and tapers to narrower at the tail. I have noticed what I believe are two distinct consequences of that feature: The ski turns REALLY quickly and can turn on a dime; and while turning, it has knocked me into the back seat and on occasion even knocked me down. This has not been a problem with other skis I've trialed, and it is no problem at all on my own K2 Mod 7/8's [today's Axis]. I have learned to avoid the problem by fairly constant shin pressure on my boot tongues. I have been advised by at least one PSIA examiner, who I expect to know about such things, that riding the skis this way is not sound technique. I am enthralled with the XX, so please don't say "Look at another ski!" The questions: What technique will deal with this situation? What ajustments to eqipment will deal with ths situation? Delta increase or decrease? Heel lift? Forward binding placement?
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3/27/02 at 7:54am