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Never mind the gap between the terrain park and the rest of the mountain.
The Volkl Bridge Ski is your connection to ski-slope fun. A curvy ski that spans the gap between an all-mountain and pipe-n-park due to a fairly short turning radius, the Bridge begs for slaloms, trick parks, and trees. While you won't encounter flying monkeys, you might find stashes of untracked powder, and 95mm underfoot means you can handle that, too.Volkl's full rocker and Extended Low Profile mugshot shows a flat camber underfoot, finished off by rocker tip and tail. The modus operandi of the ELP is easy handling in soft snow without abdicating all control on hardpack groomers. Given that the ski lies flat against the snow, it will be harder for a novice skier to put the ski on edge than with a positive-cambered ski, but well-seasoned park players and all-mountain maniacs will be in heaven.
Unlike the Tacoma Narrows Bridge built in 1940, the Bridge ski is a solid piece of German engineering. The multi-layer Sensorwood core creates a solid foundation atop which Power/Tough Box sidewall construction sits. If you envision the core in thirds, the center portion is made of ash, providing stability and secure binding-screw retention. The outer thirds of the ski are made from a poplar and beech laminate. Softer than ash, the laminate offers snap without sass, so you can ride the rails, land your jumps, and cruise the blues.
The Bridge is made using traditional vertical sidewall construction. First, the wood core is wrapped in a fiberglass sheath for side-to-side stability. Then, carbon-fiber stringers are then laid vertically over the ski, for tip-to-tail stability. By using different materials, Volkl's Power/Tough Box construction creates a ski that pops when you want it to, follows your lead, and dampens vibrations for a smooth ride.
- Full rocker, Extended Low Profile (ELP)
- Multi-layer Sensorwood core
- Torsion box internal layup
- Traditional sidewalls
- 95mm wide
- 16.5m turn radius @ 163cm
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I'm 5'9" 180 and can't decide...
I'm 5'9" 180 and can't decide between the 171 or 179. Any recommendations? I'll be using this more for mixed snow West and hopefully powder. My skill level is advanced, but not expert.
179cm without any hesitation. If you were beginner to intermediate I would maybe suggest the shorter 171cm but at your height and weight the 179cm is the way to go.
If you were a hard charging expert level skier in a big resort area that encounters tons of snow some people would try to get you into the 187cm. But I'm a firm believer in agile, nimble, and fun if somebody is on the fence about lengths. Then as your ability increases and needs change it's time to either go up a size or jump on a different ski.
I think you will love the 179cm as a one ski quiver, 171cm will be too short when encountering anything deep. Let me know if you need anything else and hope that helped.
Received the 179s yesterday in the mail. Next to my 171 RTM 84s these look perfect! They're gonna sit around until next season, but can't wait to get them out there. Thanks for your help skifreak, will be sure to review them after a few runs.
made in Germany; good for intermediate
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am not an expert ski reviewer, but coming from a 2005 Volkl camber skis. Just wanted to chime in to say that even though I'm more beginner/intermediate and not even close to an expert, the skis were a huge upgrade. I was worried that the width was too wide for me as a West coast skier, but works great even on crud.
Wish the graphics were a bit brighter but it's unique. Also, the evo Seattle folks said that for 2015 the graphics wouldn't be updated.
I'm a 5'10" and 180lbs and purchased the 179cm length and don't regret that at all.
Skier Ty Peterson gets a little wild on his Volkl park skis.
This is how the magic happens, folks.
Proof that this ski is also down for a little night skiing.
Are these made in Germany? I noticed the...
Are these made in Germany? I noticed the Ones and the Twos are 'designed in Germany and made in China'.
Past iterations of the Volkl Bridge were made in Germany, but the current model year are made in China.
Actually I purchased these 2014 Bridge skis and they are made in Germany.
A great all mountain ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I decided to get a 171cm pair of Bridges this year to use as an all-mountain ski. So far I have used them in the park and on groomers and they do not disappoint! In the past I have used the Bridge in a 177cm as a semi-pow ski but I have grown into a fatter ski over the last few years. I would recommend this ski to anyone who likes around 95mm underfoot that can go anywhere on the mountain- groomers, the park, moguls, pow. This ski was my first legitimate freeride-style ski and it gave me a great introduction into the wonder of fat ski tips and jumping off cliffs. I like to mount them a few cms forward from boot centre.