I researched skis for MONTHS before I made a final decision, and these were my final decision as I was on a limited budget and wanted the absolute best skis I could afford. I wasn't disappointed.
Slightly cambered, with a very slight tip rocker
PROTIP: If you do buy these, mount them halfway between the center and
boot center lines, that's what everyone (including myself) recommends.
On groomers these things carve RAILS, and are crazy fast. The 185s have a
21.6m turning radius, these things love to go mach-OVER9000 and carve
giant turns. They're super stable, I haven't been on a faster ski. On
bumps they're nice and fun, poppy and stable.
I didn't get into much powder this year, but on the days that I did
these things had pretty good flotation for their 92mm waist. I really
like the 130mm shovel on the front, and they appear to be slightly
rockered in the tip, sort of like the 09 Kung Fujas. Great in
ridiculously steep tree lines, as well as slower, more open areas. They're certainly not going to float you as well as a fatter ski, but for a one-ski-quiver I couldn't be happier.
I bought a cheap pair of Rossi Scratches for the park, but I ended up
ignoring them almost completely, these things handle the park just fine.
Nice and stable on jumps, and decent on rails, they aren't park skis
but in a one-ski-quiver they kill it.
The thing I like most about these is the fact that they're so
effortless. They transition SO SMOOTHLY to and from every type of snow
condition imaginable, something I didn't get from my Scratches. They're
so effortless to ski all over.
I like the top sheet graphic on these, and they felt like a quality ski; polished and quality construction.
These skis would absolutely be worth full price, they are the most stellar all-mountain ski I've ever skied.
I bought mine in the 177cm length, I was going to get the 185s, but I got a good deal on the 177 so I decided to pull the trigger. I am 179cm tall, and while I'd probably go with the 185 given the choice, I could barely have been happier with my 177s. The length adds flotation in powder and stability at speed on groomers. They're still easy to swing around in the park. The length is very manageable in the trees, although when it gets steep it can be hard turning if you don't know what you're doing.
The Bridge is a really stiff ski, not the stiffest I've skied, but the flex works well. Personally, I like stiff skis, I find that the flex of this allows me to charge hard on the groomers, and it absorbs transitions from one type of snow to another effortlessly.
I bought the 08/09 model as I got them for a sweet deal, but also
because the 09/10 skis are made in China, and are of much worse quality
than the older, German-made skis. The bases on these are not Head bases,
although they're still fairly durable, I've only had one core shot so
far skiing on what would certainly merit more than one shot. The top
sheet did chip along the edges quite a bit, but that's to be expected
with a sidewall ski. The edges are 3/4 laminated on the tip.