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big willie style wrote a review of on December 13, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was excited to try the Royale after reading great reviews about this ski from Powder mag. and other sources. after putting some time on these in varies conditions from Ice to powder I came away dissapointed. In powder they float and surf good, very fun. The downfall is when the crud starts to setup and get hard they get tossed around pretty bad. On anything soft they carve and hold an edge very well, but on anything hard they get real skeetchy fast and will not hold an edge at all, in comparison both the line Ep pro which is a noodle and the k2 hellbent are much better skis on the groomers and anything hard. But i must say they are very stable at speed, i found no speed limit with them. good skis but there are a lot better out there.

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big willie style wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

5 5

After skiing the EP PRO and New Hellbent as my daily drivers for the last few years, (yes I like and can ride fat skis everywhere) I was looking for a fat ski that was ski able in 2 day old sierra cement) not only do they float like a dream, bust through the thickest chopped up powder you can find, are quicker in tight tree's then both the Ep pro's and Hellbents, but the will rail groomers at mach speed without flapping all over the place. Not to mention you can even spin them in the air because there very light for there size. The Perfect ski for someone who loves fat skis.

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big willie style wrote a review of on April 26, 2012

1 5

Worst excuse for a boot I have ever seen, after having them heat molded they fit like a tight glove for ABOUT 5 DAYS, after skiing them very hard for about ten days they all ready packed out about a size and when ever landing hard off jumps the front buckle would pop open from the whole boot flexing so much, If you charge, save yourself the frustration and get a real boot. Don't listen to people who get PAID to say they can't ski the way they do without them. Thats BULL.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on April 26, 2012

Dave have you ridden the COMI? I use the 182 as my daily driver in the Tahoe area, I own both Hellbents and Ep pro's and the Comi is quicker in the tree's then both of them, and absolutely RAILS grommers at mach speed, and being that it is fairly stiff it just blast through 2 day old sierra cement, I even take it in the park now and then and it spins a 3 pretty well for such a large ski. I have not touched the hellbents or ep's since I got them. The best powder charging ski made.. And is still a playful ski when the powders gone.

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big willie style wrote a review of on January 3, 2011

5 5

After the riding Sir Frances Bacons for over 2 years I switched over to the E.P. Pro's for more float and was blown away by the first run. They CARVE RAILS on anything but full on ice and blow bacon's away on groomers. They are super soft in the tips and tails but STIFF under foot so when you roll them on edge they just carve away. Of course that is just a plus to there real purpose " slaying powder" they are so surfy and quick in the tree's if you can fit your soulders between they won't hold you back. The steeper and deeper the better. I have not had any issues with the soft tails at all landing drops up to 15' or so you just have to stay centered and they land them selfs. My only complaint is when our wet heavy sierra cement gets really chopped up you have to stay foreword and drive them or else you may get beat up by the softness of the tips.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on January 3, 2010

I have been riding Bacon's for 1 1/2 years now and while they do rip everwhere, They love jibbing in powder, boulder drops and pillow lines are so much fun. they are super quick and fun in tree's. But to tell you the truth I will be replacing them at the end of the season with a pair of rockered skis to get better float and a more surfey feel. I am 5'-7" and 165lbs. and have them mounted at +2 from rec. I know I would get better float at rec. BUT with all the rockered ski's out there Why not just buy a different ski. I will be looking at the Bibby pro or Night train's, E.P. pro's or another pair of Bacon's if they rocker them.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 31, 2009

The gun is softer then the s5 and a much better powder ski, The only prob. is that they do not hold an edge on the groomers nearly as well as the s5 they chatter all over the place because of the lack of wood in the core. If you loved the s5 get them, or try the 4frnt vct you would like them even better and I think they ski kind of like the s5.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 13, 2009

First of all I would not listen to anything a shop guy says, 99% of them don't know what there talking about. I would go 1 to 2 cm. back from tru center of the ski to avoid the wheely efect no matter how you ski them thats where they ride the best.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 13, 2009

I would go 171, your fairly light and the chronic is a bit on the stiffer side of a park ski, you will get a couple of years on them even if you grow, and a 171 will be better for you in the park.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 4, 2009

I'm not sure what you mean by off camber, but they have just a slight camber to them with no early rise or rocker, after about 40 days on my pair the camber is just about gone and they have softened up some but they seem to ski better and better every time out. and we just got 9' of powder in the last 3 days so the bacons will being in heaven.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 4, 2009

I have never heard of delam problems with this years or last years bacons, I did hear about some minor problems with the 06-07 model year the first year they came out, but since then they extended the core more into the tip and fixed that problem, I have this years and have put tons of hours on them skiing them very hard and don,t even have any top chips in them, they have held-up better then any ski I have ever owened, the bases are so strong, I have landed on rocks doing pillow lines and drops fully expecting edge blowouts and have just small surface scratches on them, so far no problems.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 3, 2009

The lord is 3 times stiffer then the anthem, its like a 2x4. You think the anthem is stiff, it is one of the softer park skis. If you want a real soft park ski for back country use the line elizebeth is it, but you may think it's to wide for you but it's what your looking for.

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big willie style wrote an answer about on March 2, 2009

If you are looking for a real powder ski I would go a lot wider then the goats, At least 110 to 120 in the waist, and at that size they will still rip the groomers. Kantana, pontoons, EHP, motherships, prophet 130, ARG, all are great powder skis that will blow the goat,s away in powder.

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