So, I am heading to South America for the summer, and am getting round to thinking about what skis to take. I figure I'll only be able to take one pair. At the moment I have Chopsticks, Walls and Progressors, none of these is what you would call an all mountain ski, so I think I need something new.
Whilst I am down there I want to do a bit of soft touring, resort skiing, and where there's a park, park. The Bridge sounds good for those. Thinking Dukes on them. Anyone skied the Bridge for these applications? How does the rocker/elp deal with touring? Do Dukes hold up ok for occasional park laps?
Any ideas for alternatives? S3s? Blends? Patents?
I'm 6'2, 85kgs, strong skier. Thanks in advance for any replies.
The Bridges seem like they would be sick for what you described. As long as it's soft, you should hopefully sink in enough to have plenty of surface area with the skis, especially with the small rocker. I have heard of Dukes breaking from landing switch, but never seen it...just something to think about. Maybe look into the MFD Alltimes for a touring alternative?
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I have to say I've been riding the Line Blends for a little while and they've been a great for a ski that can shred all over the mountain, piste, off piste, and park, no rails though. The resort I ski at doesn't get an incredible amount of snow, but me and my buddies went hiking up on a glacier and they were fantastic.
I have this years bridges and they are sweet at everything. Really light and low swing weight, elp rocker which carves really hard when you want it to. Floats like a dream in the pow. A little chattery/unstable at super high speeds, but if you are a good skiier you will have no problem.
Dukes might be fine in the park, but the might break (especially switch). I wouldn't risk it on a $500 binding.
Dukes and Jesters are different patterns. Talk to your shop about what will work to space out the holes properly with the bindings in the position you want them (eg. alpine at -1, Dukes at -5) and your size of boots.
YEAH DUDE, BECAUSE TOURING ON SKIS WITH AN EFFECTIVE RUNNING LENGTH SMALLER THAN A SNOWBLADE IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA.
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bridge and schizos is what u r looking for.. i just bought them and i am very happy!! 6 cm at the mounting point is a lot of diffrence... i skied on deep powder they were excelent, park with the schizos on +3 they rocked, on piste and carving quit well thought at high speeds they were a bit unstable but i may be rided them wrong cause was my 1st rocker ski..
My ski bag is plenty big enough, I have been carrying 2 pairs of skis round the world in it for the last 5 years. The issue is that South American budget airlines don't have much baggage allowance, and as I am taking quite a few flights (going to an island in Venezuela before the snow, and Bolivia after), staying under that baggage allowance is key.
This said, I am seriously thinking about just getting another set of skis when I get down there, just one pair is going to be a pain for a whole season.
Read my previous message. They're different. And you might want your mounts at different points. Get your shop to line it up with the jigs at various mount points and they'll tell you what works and what doesn't.