Overall this a great ski for someone who rides at a resort with varied terrain, and who can't afford multiple pairs of skis. I don't recommend this ski to someone who plans on spending 75% of the day in the park, or maybe even 50. But, if you like to ski aggressively, hit natural jumps or drop 15-20 ft. cliffs, fool around in the park, and still be able to join your buddies on a pow day...this is the ski for you.
I love this ski. I used it last year as a 1 ski quiver, and I truly believe that it was a great choice. I loooved them on groomers, as they held edges amazingly well and seemed to want to go fast. They never felt unstable at speed. The turning radius is great, and I found them easy to maneuver through trees. They were competent in the park, but I found the swing weight a bit on the heavy side...surely the fact that I didn't have them mounted true center contributed to this. I didn't hit any huge jumps...nothing over 30-40 feet, but they felt really solid on landings. I didn't find this ski overly poppy, not dead, but I feel like I had to work a bit to get a decent ollie. If I had one major criticism, I'd say they're a bit on the heavy side for a "all mountain/park ski". These skis loved bumped up-varied snow quality laden runs. This is not a beginner ski, as they are not super forgiving if you are sliding turns and generally skiing lazily.
I love the graphics of the 07/08 Bridge. They're graffiti style with a Japanese/Samurai twist. My bases are white with black lettering, though I've seen them in black...not sure if they are different in different lengths, or they were a different pressing, or what.
Hard to say. I bought them new at the then MSRP of $675 US. I received a $100 discount for purchasing bindings and having them mounted by the shop (Boot Doctors @ the Taos Ski Valley). I've skied roughly 60 days on them, and they don't appear to have lost any camber or sustained any significant damage, so I guess I feel like I paid top dollar for a great ski, that did what I expected it to do.
Well, I don't know how to answer this.....
I'm 6'1" and I bought the 177s and mounted them -2 or -3 from true center. I probably could have gone as long as 185 and been happy, but I definitely would have hated anything much shorter for the kind of skiing I do. This is not a symmetrical ski, and it is not intended to be mounted true center. I guess length and mounting position would depend on how much park vs. other skiing you intend to do.
The Bridge is a relatively stiff ski. The flex pattern much more closely resembles that of a traditional carving ski, as opposed to a jibbing ski. The Bridge has a dual layer wood core, which undoubtedly adds to the stiffness. I had trouble pressing and buttering these skis, however, the stiffness was much appreciated when attempting to put these skis on edge. They don't chatter at all on hardpack, and never deflect in crud. The stiffness is also favorable for jumps, as they never wash out.
I didn't punish these skis intentionally in anyway. I took a minor core shot (mostly just p tex damage) after roughly 15 days on these skis after (accidentally) sending a 40 ft. exposed cliff to rag doll. I didn't slide a lot of rails, but I would take a few laps through the park per day and hit boxes and wall rides constantly and both the edges and bases held up. The top sheets have taken a beating, but I expected this as they are of a sidewall construction. They are not delaminating, but the topsheet is chipping. Overall, I'd say this is a very durable ski.