I am a huge fan of the Volkl Bridge. I'm 5'11 170lbs, and I'm currently on the 179's. I began the season with the 2011 Bridge 171 and loved it, but felt I wanted a little more ski under me as speed pick up, and drops got a little bigger. An offer came around for me to pick up the 178 Rossi S3's cheap, and unfortunately I went for it. I picked them up, and immediately began missing my Bridge's. Not that the S3 isn't for some people, but I found the S3's a little too soft to handle the varied terrain that you'll find out east. Even the 171 Bridge felt like it had more ski under it. The low profile full rocker on the Bridge is perfect. It floats in powder, glides between tight trees, rolls through bumps, and holds a solid edge on hard pack. I just picked up the 2012 Bridge in a 179 and my quest for the perfect ski is over. I'm sold. I'll be riding this ski as long as Volkl keeps pumping them out. If you are on the fence, go for it. Anywhere you want to go, they kill it.
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