Advantages Go anywhere do almost anything - on snow, of course!
Disadvantages Snow melts :o(
There I was wandering round the Ski Show at the NEC looking for my dream ski - Salomon's X-Scream Series - at a decent price. I found it several times over, but as usual, overpriced for what they were. Salomon's never seem to be bargains, in my experience. Then the boss of my favourite holiday company suggested looking at Rossignol's Bandit B2. According to him, the French ski shops loved them. Intrigued, I wandered around again looking for them. No luck. They didn't seem to be there. Disappointed, I went home and decided to look on the net for this mysterious ski. I didn't find much there, either. I began to wonder if they really existed.A week or two later, I bought a skiingmagazine that had a review of all the upcoming 2004 skis. And in there, was a review of the mythical beast that was the Rossi B2, along with it's siblings the B1 and B3. It turns out that the B1, B2, and B3, are the successors to the Bandit X, XX, and XXX, respectively. The reputation of the original Bandit series is legendary and living up to it will be some feat. Exceeding it will be miraculous. However, according to this magazine, the Bandit B2 did exactly that in comparison to the Bandit XX. In fact, they called it one of the best ski's they'd ever tested - Ski of the Year 2004, no less. And another skiing magazine agreed! Impressive.
I was now intrigued. I rang my favourite holiday company and asked him to book a demo pair for me.So there I am, in a French hire shop surrounded by people getting boots fitted, etc., being handed a pair of 170cm Rossi Bandit B2's with Rossi 110 Axium hire bindings on. Normally they'd come with Power 120 S-Plate bindings, but being demo skis you can't be too choosy. First impressions? A bit wide, aren't they??? I expected it, of course, as the magazine review put them in the 50-50 off-piste/on piste bracket. But under foot they were still very wide. I began to worry that they'd be too wide and too heavy. Bindings set up and off we went... the 5 year old lad wanted to try out his new sledge as he couldn't ski there and then!! The B2's would get tested the next day.
So let's take it step by step:Low speed on piste:
Up to the top of the green again, I decided to put the speed up a bit and try a few things in relative safety.
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