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Rossignol Bandit B3 (2007)

Rossignol Bandit B3 (2007)

Pro After all these years, the B3 is an institution. Thank heavens Rossi hasn’t lost interest and discontinued this perennial sales champ but has updated it to keep up with the times. In construction, the B3 is the same as the B-Squad (see Free XXL). In performance and overall feel—damp, powerful, smooth—it’s similar. But in versatility, it’s in its own class, thanks to a shape that gets the job done in even the deepest powder but really shines in everyday conditions: crud, bumps, groomers, etc. Perhaps no ski better blends muscle and nuance, flow and grace, calm and quickness. "A great ski, especially in crud and powder, though still fun on groomers," said Woods. "If you’re lazy, it is too, but strong skiers will love it." Con Not ideal for fans of light and lively skis.

PRICE (MSRP): $849.00
Product Specifications | How We Test
Year2006/2007
LevelAdvanced
MSRP$849.00
GenderMale
Bindingwithout bindings
Lengths160, 168, 176, 184, 190
Tip/Waist/Tail120/83/110
Rating: Powder Performance3.32 / 5
Rating: Stability at Speed3.29 / 5
Rating: Long Turns3.43 / 5
Rating: Medium Turns2.97 / 5
Rating: Short Turns2.51 / 5
Rating: Maneuverability2.51 / 5
Rating: Hard Snow Grip3.10 / 5
Rating: Crud Performance3.18 / 5
Rating: Corduroy Performance3.33 / 5
Rating: Moguls Performance2.48 / 5
Rating: Forgiveness3.14 / 5
Rating: Quickness/Bumps3.14 / 5
reviews of Rossignol Bandit B3 (2007)
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This is simply the easiest ski to get on and ride that I have ever owned. I'm an Advanced skier and have been on skis an average of 20 to 30 days a year for the last 30 years or so. At 41 I am still an aggressive skier a good part of the time. I ski a lot of Western crud, powder pockets, backside and groomers. I have a two ski quiver consisting of the Rossi B3 and Volkl Gotama for full on powder days. I have never been left wanting bringing these two skis to the mountain. They cover every condition and every terrain that I ski. The Bandit in 184 is smooth, responsive, stable and simply a pleasure to ride. It has lots of float through powder pockets and trees and is stable doing easy air stunts. It's more like a Mustang than a Porsche. It handles very well at speed and holds and edge beautifully but isn't a poppy or quick ski necessarily. I'm 6' and 220lbs so "poppy" is not my style. It's not for moguls or tight trees or the park if that's your thing. The B3 is a mountain hound willing to hunt down any piece of fresh you can find while blowing easily down any piste with the ease of a big-city mayor stroking local constituents. For those reviews that make claims that these are heavy, hard to edge, or "dead", one thing is clear, intermediate may be your pinnacle achievement. Ride on!
 
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