From the tram deck to the the boundary gates, one ski to rule them all.
- Full wood core gives the Bridge all-mountain stability underfoot and forgiving tip and tail flex
- A mellow rocker profile sets this plank afloat when you head into the depths of powderland and makes for great maneuverability in the trees
- Torsion box construction provides added durability and liveliness, and the vertical sidewalls increase edge-grip tenacity
- Twin-tip shape allows for easy tracking when charging forwards and fun switch riding as well
- Carbon reinforcement between the core and base evens out your ride and improves durability
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Love this ski, super fun, easy to turn will punch through any crud and hold a solid edge on the groom. It handles heavy pow fine but struggles a little in the super soft. Best all rounder I've skied :)
Hi, I'm 5'11" 165 lbs, aggressive skier. I'm in moguls whenever I can find them, and otherwise all over the mountain. Would you recommend the 171 or the 179? Thanks.
You'll be fine on the 179. The longer ski will give you more stability and it will make you a better skier as you adapt to the length. Plus the ski has mellow rocker so it will "pivot" a bit into turns, making it ski a bit shorter than it looks.
I'm 51 and have been skiing for 35 years. I ski the whole mountain trying to stick with my 19 year old son who started when he was 4. At my ag... level a maturity I am not looking for speed but something that can ski the mountain, good in bumps, good on the steep, works in powder and can handle the hardpack if that is all there is to ski (like this week in Utah). I tend to stay out of the trees though my son does like taking me down chutes. With him we pretty much ski bumps all day despite my occasional pleading for something less hard on my body. I do well in powder and don't want to spend the money on a powder only ski. I ski primarily in Utah. I am currently still on my Rossi Bandit 2 skis which were my first shaped ski which are 176cm. I'd like to go shorter since skiing fast isn't a primary requirement for me. I'm 5'6" and 165 (but working on getting down 10-15 pounds before next season. Is this a good ski for my mission?
The Volkl Bridge Alpine Ski would be a decent option for you from the standpoint of dimensions and sidecut which fit the everyday skiing in Utah pretty well. The only hesitation that I have is Volkl is not known for being a softer ski. They usually run pretty stiff. But, at the 171cm size, they should be a good ski for you to have for more technical everyday skiing and bump running in Utah.
Thanks Wally. My last pair of straight skis were the Volkl P10 that I got for a song after the season. They were shorter than the K2's I was skiing at the time but I recall them being great on the boilerplate. Given the conditions we had last week in Utah I was tempted to bring them out because my Bandit 2's have never impressed me on the hardpack much less what we were skiing on in the morning (ice skates would have been my first choice). My son skis the Head 80 Mojos. He is a couple of inches taller than me but about 30 lbs lighter (dammit!). His skis are 163 and hit me about dead center in the forehead. He skis the bumps with ease and it makes me jealous. He is an accomplished skier even though he isn't as stylish as I am, whatever he does works well for him (of course his center of gravity hasn't shifted north as mine has, working on that - mine, not his). He is very much an "all mountain" skier but he does like having me ski with him (mostly so he can gloat and complain when I stop halfway down a run to catch my breath). Actually, he does like skiing with his old man I think. I'm thinking about going shorter just for the bumps. As I said, I don't generally ski fast because my body is not near as bendable as it used to be and I just simply can't keep up with him when he lets it rip anyway. I did try but damn! He may be looking at buying some new skis so I might try to see if I can "demo" his to see how different they are and see how a shorter ski works for me (I don't think I could go that short but I have seen guys bigger than me on ski that short). I'll probably demo another pair next year just to see what a shop guy would recommend. But when I buy I'd prefer to buy here. About his only complaint is skiing in the powder but I think part of that is he doesn't keep his weight more neutral in those conditions. Still, looking at them they aren't as fat as my Bandits and I don't want to give up too much if we get a powder day. Before I bought my Bandits I demoed a pair of Pocket Rockets during a week when heavy crud was king. Great ski for that but they just felt a bit heavy and sluggish once I got out of the snow and onto the hardpack. Actually I ended up tearing my calf skiing them on a windblown bump run that got the afternoon sun. My fault, I told him it wouldn't be a good run but went with him anyway. My thinking is that I can keep my Bandits but I'd like to add a ski that is going to work better for me in the bumps. I still want that second ski to be a good all mountain ski as well since even on a good powder day it gets skied up pretty fast and you are then looking at mixed conditions. I'll have my Bandits as a backup plan but I am generally a one ski in the quiver type of guy.
which binding do you recommend to go with?
I would go with either the Marker Griffon or Squire depending on your level of skiing and/or size. I personally have used both the Griffons and Squire on two different Bridges in the past. I am currently skiing on the Squire because I got a really good deal on a pair. Some will say they are a bit light, but I am an aggressive skier (5'11" 170lbs), and have never had problems. If you find the right deal you can't go wrong with the Griffons for any level or size skier. If you are looking for an AT setup, check out the Dukes or another Marker AT binding. Marker and Volkl are a perfect pair (as they are company partners).
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.
I am an advanced skier, 179 lbs and 5'9". What size of Bridge skis would be best for me? Thanks,
I would go with the 179. I'm 5'11" 170 lbs and the 179 is perfect. Its quick in tight spots, but can hold an excellent edge when speed picks up.
I just got back from Vail a couple weeks ago. High level intermediate skier. Skied the 179cm and I'm 5'9" and 190lbs. Loved these and skied them on everything. Groomers, icy crud, powder, they killed it all. I've been demoing the Bridges each of the last 3 years and they get better each year.
Turn's fast and hard, like's to play around a lot. Prefer's to stay on edge as opposed to run flat and hard. Not wide enough to float, but works out just fine most of the time. Inspire's confidence and likes all the turn shapes. Nice ski
Anyone out there skiing the new bridges? Thinking about getting these.
Its an amazing ski and I highly recommend it. My favorite so far. Amazingly agile and it kills the park. Go for it
Demo'd a pair last week here in CO. Amazing ski, loves to plow thru crud, handles nicely in powder (we only had 4-5") is pretty quick in bumps and a blast in the trees. Plan to pick up a demo pair at end of season.
Wouldn't race on them and not greatest for extreme hardpack, but darn nice for all other conditions. Just one fun ski!
These are awesome. Best bump ski I've ever been on, even though they are 95 underfoot. The ELP allows them to pivot ultra quick, but when you tip them over they rail. Rules everything except ice, and bombing crud fields at high speed (go with the Katana if this is a priority). They ski pow effortlessly as well, I've skied up to 20" fresh and really not missed having more width.