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Blizzard Titan Cronus vs Volkl Bridge

post #1 of 12
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I'm taking a hard look at both of these for an east coast all mountain. 

Current in use quiver:  Legend 8000, K2 PE, Line Prophet 90

Me: 5' 11" 183 lbs advanced

The Prophet 90s have very impressive edge grip, way better than the 8000 or PE.  However, I don't like how it locks me into a rigid turn radius.  I have to force the tails to release and after a couple hours I'm tired of it.  I got the 186 which may be too long for my ability.  I also found harder bumps a bit scary.  I'd be curious to try the 179 or 172 but haven't gotten the opportunity.

So I'm looking for an all mountain that has better grip on hardpack than the 8000 / PE but can still do soft snow, bumps, trees.  It's alot to ask, I know.

Does anyone think the Cronus or Bridge fits those needs?  Also considering the Mantra.
Edited by ed_d - 1/4/10 at 3:04pm
post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
Bump.  Fellas, I ask so little....
post #3 of 12
OK, you already own three skis that are all targeted at the same basic skier... so yeah, the Cronus and the Bridge are two more skis that fit the 'pretty good all around-er' catagory. The Cronus is softer tip to tail, has excellent grip, is damper feeling and doesn't feel 'twintippy'. The Bridge has great grip, a slightly planky feel and is very 'twintippy'. 

I prefer the Cronus, the Bridge is well liked by most. The Cronus, I feel, is better on firm groomers and in bumps, the Bridge, with it's wide shovel, could be better in soft snow. The Bridge is a true twin, so it will be better skiing backward.

I'd try retuning the Prophet 90 before spending money on a new ski.
post #4 of 12
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Whiteroom

I hadn't considered retuning this ski.  In fact I haven't tuned it.  I never tune new skis.  I was thinking that it has the best factory wax ever; like super teflon.  Previous factory waxes I've tried sucked.  And they grip the terrain like crazy...so I didn't think about tuning.

I'll probably try that.  Thanks.  Also, I've been leaning toward the Cronus.

I know all these skis overlap.  I just love skiing different skis.  I am looking for that one that really nails it, though.
post #5 of 12
ed_d,
I have been skiing the Titan Cronus for three years - is part of my Bliz quiver (Supersonic, Cronus, Argos). Have other skis in my quiver as well - couple pairs of recent Elans, a pair of Volkl Support 6 and Rossi B2's. The Cronus' are my favorite and the last ones I would give up. I could go on, but I already did. See my review:http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/83443/2009-blizzard-supersonic-174cm-vs-2008-titan-cronus-173.
You may want to check to see if the version you are considering has more metal in it than mine - which I think has no metal sheeting (mine are mostly white and festering green). Bottom line - great ski. Dog equivalent would be a  Golden Retreiver who is always happy, dependable, frisky and does not poop on the carpet.
David
post #6 of 12
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Thanks deliberate,

I have a New England pass so I make it to the Loaf every year.  I'll try to get in touch when I come up.
post #7 of 12
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So I tried the retune on the Prophet 90s.  Alas, I could tell right away it didn't help.  After 5 days on these things I'm calling it quits.  I think the major problem here is too much length for me since my other skis are sized in the low 170s.  Which reminds me, no biggie, I have other skis.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by ed_d View Post

I'm taking a hard look at both of these for an east coast all mountain. 

Current in use quiver:  Legend 8000, K2 PE, Line Prophet 90

Me: 5' 11" 183 lbs advanced

The Prophet 90s have very impressive edge grip, way better than the 8000 or PE.  However, I don't like how it locks me into a rigid turn radius.  I have to force the tails to release and after a couple hours I'm tired of it.  I got the 186 which may be too long for my ability.  I also found harder bumps a bit scary.  I'd be curious to try the 179 or 172 but haven't gotten the opportunity.

So I'm looking for an all mountain that has better grip on hardpack than the 8000 / PE but can still do soft snow, bumps, trees.  It's alot to ask, I know.

Does anyone think the Cronus or Bridge fits those needs?  Also considering the Mantra.

 

  You should try out a shorter Prophet 90... I'm 5ft 10in ands 150lbs and I ski the 172mm...they are just a phenomenal ski
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by ed_d View Post

Thanks deliberate,

I have a New England pass so I make it to the Loaf every year.  I'll try to get in touch when I come up.

Would be happy to make some turns with you. Just give me a shout.
D1
post #10 of 12
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  You should try out a shorter Prophet 90... I'm 5ft 10in ands 150lbs and I ski the 172mm...they are just a phenomenal ski
 

If the opportunity arises I definitely will.
post #11 of 12
Would I be wrong in offering up the sloppier yet more forgiving Line flight (has same graphics as prophet 90) that lacks the metal matrix?
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

Would I be wrong in offering up the sloppier yet more forgiving Line flight (has same graphics as prophet 90) that lacks the metal matrix?

I've looked into that and may demo.  Good suggestion.  Those demo days at a mountain are difficult too hook up with.  And if you want to demo straight out of a single ski shop, they usually don't carry everything you're interested in so you are stuck with their selection.  I live in seacoast NH, and all of the Blizzard dealers nearby don't carry the Cronus.  It's a bit of a western midfat, but they certainly carry plenty of wider, softer, skis around here.
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