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Rossi Phantom SC 97 - Dynastar Legend Pro - Line Prophet 100

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Am in the market for a wide-body ski to fill out my quiver or actually to replace a pair of Nordica Enforcers.  Wanted to step down a bit in burliness to something that would have similar capabilites to the Enforcer in the soft snow, but would handle better on the cruise back across the groomers to the lift line or the base lodge.  The three above are my finalists at the moment.  Anyone had a chance to ski these three?  I can find a ton of comments in the member review section on the Legends, a few on the Line's and almost nothing on the Rossignol's.

From what I've seen in the shops, the Rossi's are a bit stiffer than the other two, but the Line offers a shorter turn radius (more sidecut) than the other two.  I'd venture that the Dynastar is the softest in flex.  The Rossi's and the Dynastar are nearly identical in their sidecut.  From appearances, my guess is the Rossignol would be the better ski for the groomed and crud, the Dynastar for the powder performance and the Line blending a middle ground between the two.  Again, just looking to see what the experience has been with other Bears.  Thx
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Answering this question is somewhat dependant upon the lengths in question. For example, the Enforcer is pretty different in the 177 vs. 185 lengths as is the Line in 179 vs. 185, etc. Generally, the Line is most similar to the Enforcer size for size. Both have quite deep sidecuts and prefer turning vs. cruising. The Legend Pro in 176 and 184 is a great mix of flex and a fairly straight shape that combines to create a nearly ideal mix of groomer/crud performance. The Rossi 97 is quite a stiff ski and despite the tendancy to lump it with the legend Pro, it is not as versatile.

I guess it comes down to what you mean by 'handle better on the cruise back to the lift' If you mean a more carvey/sidecut oriented ski....you already have the best on your list. If you mean something less sidecut dominated, the the LP is the call.

SJ
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Thread Starter 
I'm looking at all three in the 178 - 179 length comparing to the 177 in the Nordica.  I've skied the Mythic Rider in the Dynastar, have never skied a Line product and haven't been on Rossignol's since my old Bandit XX's.
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Allllrightythen................

If you have a 177 Enforcer, the Line in 179 will be more or less the same thing. The Legend Pro 176 will be smoother in crud, better in powder and more of a GS feel on groomers. The Rossi is stiffer and more demanding in all aspects.

SJ
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Thread Starter 
I guess what it boils down to for me, recognizing that none of these skis is meant for hardpack, is which of these skis will handle best on the groomers?  Or to put it another way, which of these skis, in the experience of the Bears, will most make you forget that you have 100mm underfoot when you are carving those GS turns back to the lift?

I expect that they all will have similar powder capabilities, but the opposite question could be asked as well; which one would you want on your feet heading into a back bowl with 18" of untracked?

With any luck, it's the same ski for both.
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Frontside-Prophet (or the ski you already have), Backside-Legend Pro.

SJ
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Thread Starter 
Settled on the Rossi's for two reasons: good recomendations from friends who have skied on them and a killer price on a pair compared to what I could find for the other two.  Full review posted in the member review section - quick summary here: a great ski!  Handles wonderfully on the groomed and through the crud.  Haven't had any really deep stuff to try yet, but in a light pow day (7+"), they were also excellent.
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