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Next set of skies after Rossignol Bandit B2

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello fellow epic skiers,

What set of skies would you recommend for an active and agressive skier looking for stiff, carving and powder-friendly skies?

Currently I own Rossignol Bandit B2 for couple years and it's time to get something better.

 

Any advice?

 

Thank you,

Sergei

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post #4 of 8

:braces for the barrage of Blizzard 8.7 and Volkl Whatever responses:

post #5 of 8

Sarcasm aside, it's hard to go wrong with almost any of the new skis out there.  There are so many and they are all fun in some way.  I would try something fatter than the B2 just to change it up a bit.  That Blizzard that people in here love probably is a really good choice.  I think it's the Magnum 8.7.

 

Haven't skied it though.

post #6 of 8

Well, he did say stiff :)

 

SJ's recommendation looks great to me. Others that you'll want to google reviews of are the 8.7s, and Volkl AC50, AC30 and Grizzlies. And Fischer Watea 84.

 

To me, it depends how you value carving vs powder. One ski can't be great at everything, so you will have to compromise on one end of the spectrum or the other, or both. I skied AC50s the last two years but am going with two pairs this winter, one more carve-oriented, the other more powder-oriented.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyboy! After reading replies here I've realised that all I need is in general same skies as B2 but with little bit more carving ability and way fatter to stay on top of powder.

 

I am 6'1 and 210 pounds and on my 182 B2s I am knees deep in powder ;)

post #8 of 8

The age-old issue is that carving ability and powder flotation require contradictory characteristics. There are lots of ways of working around this and many skis that are solid in both areas, but to excel in carving, you want a narrow waist and a stiff ski. To excel on powder, you want a softer ski and a wide waist. Very broadly speaking.

 

If you want one ski to "do everything", you will need to define what "do everything" means in your case and where you are more willing to compromise.

 

Unfortunately, almost every ski you see advertised claims it can "do everything."

 

Your Bandits are, what, about 78mm in the waist? If you want more carving than that, you might look at a Mach 3 or a Tigershark. If you want more powder flotation, you might look at a Watea 84. But to get more carving AND better flotation ... unless the B2 is a poorly designed ski, that may be difficult.

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