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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 17, 2009

These are different than the Hellbents and EP Pros. These skis do not have reverse camber to them. They are a flat ski with a longer contact surface than a reverse camber ski. And the tips and tails rise earlier than a traditional ski but do not raise off the ground nearly as much as the ep pros or hellbents. These are also a very stiff ski compaired to the soft flex patterns of the hellbents and ep pros.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 17, 2009

The recommended binding for this ski would be the Marker Jester it can handle the abuse but if you want a total bomb proof binding that is mostly metal check out the Rossignol Freeride 150 or 200. The freeride 150 comes with a 100mm brake and the 200 comes with a 120mm brake so I you buy the Freeride 200 you would have to buy the correct size brake to go on this ski.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 14, 2009

The Line Sir Francis Bacons are a little softer and more playful than the Volkl Gotamas. The Gotamas are a very stiff ski. You should demo some skis to find out what type of flex you like. If you are light you might find you like a ski with a softer flex.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 9, 2009

I love the S5 it is a super durable lively ski that rips in all places, you will be stoked on the groomers, rip in the pow, and will slay the park, they have great swing weight so they dont feel sluggish when spinningThe S5 and the Bridge are going to be a little better for freestyle because they are lighter than the line prophets. The line prophets have a metal core making them a little heavier. I own a pair of S5's and loved them until I clipped a rock just below the surface on a groomer and blew out the side wall (so they may not be the most durable ski on the market). I have skied the bridges and loved them too. I prefer the S5 over the bridge in the park because it has a medium flex making it a little more forgiving on landings; but the bridge out performs the S5 in the all mountain category because of its very stiff flex.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 6, 2009

The best 50/50 ski would be the Volkl Bridge and for someone your size I would recommend the 185cm. If you want something a little more narrow and shorter check out the K2 extreme 179cm. Also, I would recommend avoiding foam core skis for someone your size; I'm 6'3" 185lbs and I blew out a pair of Salomon skis similar to these in one season.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 6, 2009

The best choice bindings for this ski would be the Marker Jester or Griffon with a 132mm brake, sold separately, (this is the binding K2 suggests) or the Rossignol Axial2 Freeride 200 wide XXL (120 mm brake). The Rossignol SAS2 150 Wide is also a good choice but you would have to purchase a 120mm brake separately to fit your skis. You could also buy a the Rossignol Axial2 140 Ti Pro XXL (even though it says the brake is 140mm I'm pretty sure it's only 120mm but check with a Backcountry gear expert and they may be able to tell you for sure). The Rossignol Axial2 140 Ti Pro XXL is basically the same as the Look PX 12 Ti Jib Wide binding but with a higher din or 14 and it comes with a wider brake that will come close to fitting over the waist of a pair of Hellbents if not you can make up the rest by bending the brakes out a little bit. I ride a pair of Line EP Pros mounted with Marker Jesters.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 6, 2009

Although I don't doubt you can handle this ski, 185cm or 195cm might be over kill for someone your size. Check out the Volkl Gotama and 4FRNT VCT. These skis are some of the stiffest choices in the freeride ski category. Both skis are awesome and have been some of the best reviewed skis over the past few years. Plus you will have more size options to best fit your needs. You might also check out the Volkl Bridge it's probably the best all-mountain ski available.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 4, 2009

Even if they don't match up, just take them to your local shop, and they can mount them, and fill in the holes from the old ones. No big deal, and fairly cheap. As for the weight... HEAVY!6 of the 8 holes will match between the rossignol axial2 and this binding. That means you are adding 2 new holes to each ski and will need to plug two holes. The difference is in the back two screws on the heal piece.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 4, 2009

I had a pair of these mounted to my steezes last year until I shorted a jump and snapped the toe piece off. I replaced them with the axial freeride 150s and have been very happy. Both are good bindings the freeride 150s are bomb proof metal housing while these bindings are plastic. If you want a slightly lighter binding buy these but if you want a better binding definately buy the freeride 150s.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 4, 2009

The brakes that fit on Rossignol/Dynastar/Look bindings come in 80mm, 100mm, 120mm. The Rossignol Axial2 Freeride 200 Wide XXL Ski Binding has a brake width of 120mm. The XXL is referring to the brake width. Although the specs on this binding say the brake width is 100mm I would suggest talking to a gear expert at backcountry because if this an XXL binding the brake width should be 120mm. This is also the recommended binding for a ski with a 109mm waist which is also an indicator that the brake width is 120mm instead of 100mm.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 3, 2009

Out of these two skis I prefer the Volkl Bridge. I would recommend mounting these skis +2 cm with Marker Jesters or Griffons, depending on where you set your din. I’m 6’3” 185lbs and would only buy the 185cm length and mount them with the Jesters. The 177cm length would be a good fit for you now but if you think you are going to grow over 6 feet tall in the next year or two you might consider buying the 185cm to grow into.

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GreenMan wrote an answer about on March 3, 2009

I beleive the freeride has more metal in the heel to make it stronger, which makes it heavier, a shorter mounting footprint, and is silver not white. the toe piece is the same but i think both have the upward toe release. If i'm not mistaken the freeride replaces the fks as rossie top of the line binding, and the sas2 is more of their park bindingThere is no difference except color. I own both of them. I have a pair of Axial2 freeride 150 mounted on a pair of S5's and a pair of SAS2 Freestyle 150 mounted on my Steezes.

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