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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never come out of these bindings while I was still on my feet. They always stay on and give me a shot at sticking tough lines or off balanced landings. They are heavier than most bindings but they put your boot closer to the ski and keep you there. Be careful setting them up . . . heavy springs and fingers don't mix. Never met someone that had these bindings and didn't like them. I was stoked to see Rossignol put these back in the lineup a few years back. I dig the orange!

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 24, 2011

5 5

Easy rider! The shape of this board, combined with the softer flex (compared to the experience) makes it great for tight trees and soft landings. Compared to some of the big mountain boards that require work and precision, this board lets you relax and is still there when you need it. Magne-tractions gives you the extra grip and edge hold without making you crank on the egdes. Amptek makes turn initiation effortless, giving this board a the unique abilty to be a big mountain rider with street smarts. This is like the AWD sports car of snowboards.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

4 5

This is a great DV ski or perfect for anyone that loves the groomed and hard pack. I love the graphic with the bull nose tip. Lots of shape and power for those of us that like to make a ski work. It has a nice damp feeling and super clean edge once to get it into the turn. This takes a little more work to get into the turn and be sure you detune the tip and tail if you plan on trying to do anything but carve on these.

I would have given this 5 stars, but I wish it was a bit more like the Classic 80. It's nice and damp and a little more fogiving than the Classic 80, but I like the rebould and responsiveness of the classic 80. I really like the Avenger 82, but I wish it gave back just a little more - I'm picky

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

5 5

I've been teaching skiing for many years and I need a boot that is comfy all day, but is ready to crank it up when it's time. This is my boot! The 97mm last is wider than most boots with a 130 flex, so my feet aren't going to sleep from the second I put them on (compared to race boots at 92mm). The love the power you get from the 130 flex and control, compared to wider recreational boots. The rubber soles are great for parking lots, tram decks, and boot packing the ridge tops. The comfy liner is good for dawn patrol touring before work as well.

This boot brings the best of all the catagories together -
-stiff, but not race boot stiff
-not too wide or too narrow
-comfy liner (rare, out of the box fit)
-rubber sole so I don't slip and wear out the plastic sole

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

5 5

Great do it all ski. I skied this a few days at Park City in the spring and was amazed with how easy it skied. Also took a few runs at the Snowbasin demo. Think about turning it and it takes off. The shape makes it super fun to set an edge, but the most impressive characteristic was the stability. Groomed, crud, powder, ice (what little we have in Utah) . . . this ski is so solid under foot that it put a big grin on my face everytime I skied it. Crank it up to speed and it only gets better, but still so easy to ski when you want to relax and just cruise. This ski is on a short list of skis I must have.

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ryan dittmarwrote a review of on October 20, 2011

Recommended (very highly!)
5 5

I've been teaching skiing for 19 years, I have also done a few magazine and website ski tests the past few seasons and this is my go to ski for everyday (I went out of my way to get it, and even paid for it). I'm an x-racer gone powder junkie that can hold my own in the park (for an old guy).

Best thinig about this ski is the versatility. Flat camber (rocker) makes it easy to initiate a turn, but it's stiff enough to put on edge and set railroad tracks. Wide under foot for float, but with some shape to make if fun on the packed snow. I love the twin tip for jibbin around or when I'm in the park.

Just wish I had my touring bindings on these

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