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Rossignol B94 RESPECT?????

post #1 of 8
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I have been looking at Rossignol B94 W skis for my girl friend to use in heavy powder and slush.  There aren't many available anymore but my searches keep coming up with Rossignol B94 Respect models in the size I'm looking for (158cm).  There isn't much on-line about that model except it was a backcountry model designed that used aluminum instead of titanium to make them lighter.  Does anyone have any more information on this ski and how they ski compared to the B94 or B94 W?
post #2 of 8
I demoed a pair when I was considering them as a backcountry AT ski.  I was on much longer ones, and skied them on hard pack snow, including bumps and some thick old untracked snow.  It was not really a very good test, but I decided right away they were not what I wanted. They had a very light flighty feel to them that is exactly the opposite of what I like. Considering their feel, they did hold an edge pretty well, but I had to constantly be aware so I did not over-ski them.  Light easy turning skis requiring a light touch.  As a deep snow ski for a women they might be alright, but I would have doubts about their heavy powder and slush capabilities based on my limited experience.

My wife has a pair of Rossi T3, which was their tele/AT ski model with identical dimensions as the B2 and B2W.  I checked and determined that her skis were between those two, in that they had a metal layer a little thicker than the B2W.  I have a feeling the B94 is similar, and is probably slightly beefier than the women's B94 W, but that is just a guess.

For whatever reason the B94 Respect was not very popular, (maybe they didn't make many), but they seemed to get discontinued and put on sale pretty quickly.  IMO, if is definitely not a ski for a heavier person, but for a light women it might be an OK soft snow ski.
post #3 of 8
 Out of curiosity, what about her Kiku's?
I would think they would kill in the conditions you're talking about.
However its possible that she's looking for a nice ski in the midfat range where my Kastle's fill the gap with 84 under foot.
Am I on the right path?
BTW I've demo'd the Rossi B94W a few years ago.  It was one of the most uninspiring skis I've ever been on.   I realize that different people like to get different feedback from skis so I can only suggest.... She may want to demo this one before she buys it.
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The Kikus have worked great for her in most powder conditions she's skied except for the heavy, sticky stuff the falls around 28 degrees or warmer. I have skied the B94 and found it to be a boring ski on groomers and not very good in light powder but they really shine in heavy crap.  Unfortunately the B94 isn't around for demoing.  I am going to have her demo Auras, though.
post #5 of 8
"Uninspiring" is a perfect description of my experience.  I had the impression they were shooting for a light ski, and ended up sacrificing performance because of it.
post #6 of 8
 honestly if I were going to get something for that purpose, I'd look at the Nordica Nemesis or Volkl Kenja, if I weren't going to get a Kastle (which I did get)........just saying
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 honestly if I were going to get something for that purpose, I'd look at the Nordica Nemesis or Volkl Kenja, if I weren't going to get a Kastle (which I did get)........just saying

I haven't heard of the Volkl Kenja.  The Nemesis looks interesting but is probably more ski than Marian wants.  As for Kastle, these are going to be niche skis brought out only a few time each year so I'm not interested in paying much for them & I haven't seen any firesales with the new Kastle line.
post #8 of 8
 If I were you I'd talk to Phil or Whiteroom(or ptex since he's in your neck of the woods) and see what kind of end of season stuff they had in their coffers.  I think you'd be surprised 
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