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Thread: Softs or Stiffs: a Bro question
03-18-2006, 01:19 PM #1
Softs or Stiffs: a Bro question
I've looked around, but a little personal help is always nice.
I'm 6'2 190, current skis are: spatulas for pow, 188 k2 axis xp (big mountain bad conditions), 182 foil (park, some big mountain). I use to love the k2's, they plow through crud, but I found myself going to the foils instead this year, little more float, a lot more forgiving and doable in tight spots, but i missed the length up front. This has me leaning toward the softs since I like the fun of a more forgiving ski. I'm wondering if the more forward mount of the bros(compared to the K2's) would make them ski 'easier', more manueverable in tight spots. This has me leaning towards the stiffs since I don't need a pow ski and the stiffness would make big turns in the crud more fun.
Which ever Bro I get will be my AT/everday patrol ski in TahoeGo Sharks.
03-18-2006, 02:28 PM #2Registered User
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- Oct 2003
I would say stiff, but honestly I don't think you can go wrong with either.
03-18-2006, 07:37 PM #3
First of all, I love skiing on the Bros.
I have a pair of last year's stiff Bros w/ Tyrolia demo bindings and this year's soft Bros w/ freerides.
In terms of flex, this year's softs are pretty close to last year's stiffs. Splat took last year's Bro, a great ski, and with a few minor changes, made it even better this year.
If you are going to be using the Bro for AT and patrol you might like the soft for tight trees, slower speeds (though it has no problem going fast), and easier maneuvering. This year's stiffs seem to have better edge hold than the softs or last year's stiffs if that is an issue for you.
Feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions.
I'll be bringing both pairs to Mammoth tomorrow.
03-18-2006, 10:16 PM #4
I've only got one day on them, just borrowed Cowdog's stiffs , but at your size and planned usage I can't imagine you'd have any trouble skiing stiffs. They ski light. Maybe they feel kinda stiff hand flexing but they don't ski like a stiff ski, at least in the sense of being demanding/unforgiving etc.
03-18-2006, 10:27 PM #5
Vets!, i'm in mammoth tomorrow, will be hitting up the gondola at opening, i'll let you ski my spats in the morning, 315mm boot, don't mind tweaking the bindings if neccesary. Green pants, green boots, black jacket, black helmet, spats or foils. I'll be looking for a BRO.Go Sharks.
03-19-2006, 11:39 PM #6
Well, a big thanks to Vets. He showed up at mammoth with this year's softs and last year's stiff and I got to ski both Enjoyed them, very solid ski for the weight. I'd say I felt more comfortable on the stiffs, didn't feel like they were bouncing around as much at speed. I can't really say I noticed a difference in manuevarbility between the two (the softs were significantly lighter with freerides compared to the stiffs with demos) but I never felt like the stiffs were more difficult to turn. So, perhaps the stiffs will be my everyday ski next year.
Big thanks to Vets and pmgear simply for spreading good vibes, solid company and peopleGo Sharks.
03-20-2006, 12:35 AM #7
I'm 6'1" 230# and ski soft bros and they can't turn short radius in powder which is nice I'd go with the softs just because they are really stiff still.Its not that I suck at spelling, its that I just don't care
Days on snow 12/13 season: 67
03-20-2006, 08:26 AM #8Funky but chic
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They CAN'T make short turns, which is nice? not following you there Patrick.
Hey fluffballs I bet bad roo would love to take that extra spatula off your hands for a fair price although it might be a pain to ship it to the UK. Actually I think his bud Brownmonkey might still be in the U.S. right now, maybe he could snag it from you. Maybe pm roo if you're so inclined.