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Rossignol Bandit XX All Mountain Review

Rossignol Bandit XX


Description
The definition of an all-mountain ski. Designed for skiers who spend 50% of their time on groomers and 50% off piste. If you have to have one pair of skis to go anywhere and do anything, this should be your choice. Ski Magazine - Gold Medal Winner. INTEGRAL DUALTEC Two technologies integrated into one structure. The bottom half of the ski is a traditional construction with short, thick 90º sidewalls to give the ski a solid edge grip. The top half of the ski is a cap construction designed for energy and rebound out of the turn. Technology for the expert skier. FREERIDE V.R.S. NEW - Specifically developed for Rossignol’s new freeride skis, this new V.A.S. significantly increases their performance. These wider skis, which are used in a variety of terrain types, have vibrations coming via the edges as well as the base. Freeride V.A.S. is sandwiched in between the cap and the sidewalls, similar to Dual V.A.S., differentiated by the fact that it wraps up underneath the cap going from edge to edge. You can see where the Freeride V.A.S. is located: just ahead of (designated by 3 ovals) and behind (designated by one oval) the mounting zone of the ski.
Picture and Description for Model Year:
Length 170.177.184.191.195 Weight 1760g [184] Sidecut 107/74/94



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Review Date
December 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Sinny2066 ,  Double Diamond

Summary:
Best ski I have ever used. Rossignol came out swinging at the fences and hit a grand slam. The technology of skis have come so far and this is one ski that can prove it. Its an all around any condition ski that will put your friends in the rear view mirror.

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Marker M 1500 Titanium Bindings with Contact Control xi.

Nordica X12 boots.


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Review Date
December 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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Reviewed by: cooksey4200 ,  Double Diamond

Summary:
What can I say, this is a great all mountian ski. I have been living in Tahoe 8 years. Typically, I have skied longer skis like aroung 190-200. Over the years, everything has become shorter and wider. The xx bandit I ski now is only a 184 but it is as stable as a longer ski.

Similar Products Used:
K2 X15, Dynastar Bigs, Volant


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Review Date
July 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 months to 1 year

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Reviewed by: Jason Mutka ,  Advanced , from Corona, Ca, USA

Summary:
Just an all around great ski to be out on. You can go everywhere on the mountain all day long and have no worries about what condition will be there. I've always like rossi and this ski just confirms everything I've like about them. I wouldn't trade this ski in for anything.

Similar Products Used:
mod-x, bandit x, bandit xxx


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Review Date
June 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
3 months to 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Bob ,  DoubleDiamond , from Vail, Colorado

Summary:
I used these for everything from wedge classes to crud and powder classes in the Back Bowls. Just a VERY versatile ski. Don't get it too long, though. Go shorter than you think you should. Previously I was on a 198 and went 191 on these this year and probably will go shorter again next year.

Similar Products Used:
Volkl G41 (which is also awesome)


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Review Date
April 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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4.33 of 5, 6.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kevin ,  DoubleDiamond , from San Ramon, CA

Summary:
This ski does what it's designed to do EXTREMELY well. Unfortunately, I'm not the right skier for this ski. I had a chance to demo it at Squaw after a nice 2 foot April dump under cloudless, windless skies. In the morning, I skied untracked pow under the Palisades and then skied tracked up, wet, mixed conditions the rest of the day. The Bandit XX ROCKED in the untracked snow, including heavier and windpacked stuff. It really shined as conditions deteriorated. Sloppy, skied-out, chunky cottage cheese was absolutely no problem for these boards. Places I would normally avoid on my non-shaped, stiff slalom skis were a walk in the park for the Rossi's. The skis also excelled in the trees and rock outcroppings around Granite Chief where conditions ranged from untracked deep, light snow, to heavy packed slush.

On the groomers, the XX's made perfect carved fast long turns and would NOT be knocked around by soft patches or crud. They rolled smoothly from edge to edge and did not need to be muscled in the slightest. If I were a powder skier, a backcountry skier, or a long-turner, these would be the ski for me. But I'm not.

The Bandit's weakness was in the area I like to ski the most: the bumps. I found these skis to be a bit slow edge-to-edge and had to force them a bit to make a nice round short turn. These skis felt like the exact opposite of the K2 Mod X, which I really liked. Not better or worse, just different. Where the Mod X could make short snappy, fast turns, the Bandit XX was sluggish. Where the Mod X had signficant trouble holding a long turn, the Bandit XX was smooth and fast.

Because of all the new snow, few deep bumps had formed yet. However, even in the moderate bumps, I found myself overlapping the fat tips of the Bandits when skiing the zipper line. After adjusting my stance a bit wider, they were much better.

If I had my way (and I could hide them from my wife), I'd buy two pairs of skis for next season: The Bandit XX and the soon-to-be-released Salomon TenEightyMogul. Of course, then I'd also need a ski caddy to carry the pair I wasn't wearing :)

Recommended Skier: Long turner cruisers; powder/chute/tree skiers; Out-of-bounds skiers.
Not Recommended for: Bumpers, short turners.

Similar Products Used:
K2 Mod X, Salomon 1080 Mogul (2002), Atomic 9.22, Salomon Xscream 8 Pilot (yuck!)


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