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  • Rossi BC110 Positrack - anyone here skiing them?

    I'm updating my meadowskipping setup (Rebounds, SNS-BC system for the last 10+ years). I have some old Switchbacks (original version) and I have some T3s and Asolo leathers on the way from the Swap Meet board here. I was thinking of going for those BC 125s that are also on the Swap Meet board but since I'm already having fun on pretty small skis, maybe the BC 110 might match my style better and allow for a little more mileage.

    Any input? This would be for rolling terrain, long(ish) tours with meadowskipping turns in soft (cold) snow. Gearx has a good deal on them too which is always nice.

    Thoughts?

  • #2
    Agree that the 125 is too much for that and maybe the 110 as well. If you're in an area where you can occasionally follow other's tracks in order to make mileage, you lose that ability with a wider ski. If breaking your own track it makes less of a diff, but on the return you can still go much faster with a narrower ski. Across firm snow, such as a groomed surface, I can "kick and glide" with my 125's, but I'm putting a lot more effort into it and getting less glide than with, say, my boundless.

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    • #3
      My rebounds already don't fit in a groomed Nordic track, so that doesn't bother me too much. Most of the skiing I'll do will be breaking trail or following skin tracks from the skimo racer dudes. I figure I could also put some three pins on my Rebounds or even just keep them as-is until those boots self destruct for a narrower option.
      A little more flotation would be nice as sometimes I just fall through the sugar to the bottom on the rebounds. A tradeoff I know but one I think I'm willing to try for a few more turns when the conditions are like that.

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      • #4
        The 110's should give you quite a bit more flotation than the rebounds and more likely than the 125's to fit in whatever track you may find.

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        • #5
          Bought these skis for my trip around Crater Lake.
          I got the 179 length. I'm 5'9" and weigh just under 140#.
          Mounted them with Dynafit ST bindings.
          Much more glide than my buddies' Voile Vectors.
          Definitely appreciated that while jibbing around the lake.

          They are a joy to put on the pack - very light. Not a good idea on Shasta's suncups...
          But they held up well while lapping the lifts on the icy runs at Bachelor one day.
          Didn't hold up well at speed, but I wasn't expecting them to do so.


          With a day pack on - as opposed to my 45# Crater Lake pack, you can grip and glide
          at a running pace up hills.
          For example: Lassen - going up the road from the Yomkomwatchamacallit - super fast!

          I didn't find the massive camber to be a problem at Bachelor, but it was all hardpack.
          It comes in handy though when you're heading up a slight incline. Kinda shoots you out into
          a sweet glide.
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          • #6
            110's are nearly the same dimensions as the Karhu Guide / Madshus Annum ski. Skiing pretty similar terrain and conditions as you for the last few seasons I'd be tempted to go smaller than bigger. I'll probably update my meadowskipping gear to eliminate the waxless patterned ski this season and certainly would be if I were still in the same snowpack as you are. It's just too easy to kick wax for those conditions and it's so much faster and more fun on anything flat or tilted down. I'm not going to go off on a huge tangent about it, but I've come to the realization that for me it's the same as having a squeak on your bike. It seems like a small deal at first, but after four hours when you're cold and hypoglycemic the noise steals some of the joy out of the experience.

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            • #7
              Grip wax vs waxless, no one is ever 100 percent happy..
              So, I just had my patterns ground down a bit and will be
              using wax @ times as well..The grinding is more for
              better down performance/ less resistance ..Grip wax on tails and tips..
              If it's more rolling, the wax can just be an irritation..You don't
              think grip wax can impede the glide of a single cambered ski ?
              Good luck with that..

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              • #8
                I started using BC110s last year. They are mounted with 3 pins and risers and I usually ski them with Excursions. As others have observed, they glide better on backcountry trails that the track has already been broken than a wider ski like the 125 would. Most of the BC skiing around here is accessed by xc trails that are skied by folks on narrower skis.
                The bases grip well in pretty much everything but of course, deep new cold snow.
                I've found them to be a bit stiffer than the Annum, but I weigh in at 190 and am 6'1" so for me they arc out very nicely. I've skied them in everything from 3' of new cold powder to Cascade cement, breakable wind crust and sun crust and variable conditions and found them to be an awesome all around ski.

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                • #9
                  If your going to use them to cruise....go skinnier....wide tips are kinda like a snow plough....don't know if you have whips out there but wide do not handle that very well either....Couple of us have Rossi BC 90.s and they work but are kinda stiff...and slow...Slice and dice on skinnier....TM

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                  • #10
                    My every day bush whackers are old Rossi Tempo Mountain BC (85-65-75) with NNN-BC bindings. Love em.

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                    • #11
                      I got the BC 110s and put Switchbacks on them. Fun for what I'm doing with them but I'm having boot problems that will need to be solved with cash I think. So I'm back on the Rebounds while I get my light tele boot situation worked out.

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                      • #12
                        Let me guess... those T3's giving your feet issues? I scored a real old pair (pristine condition) at the local swap this year. They make my feet cramp with fatigue. The stock liner is horrible. I'm using the Palau liner that Scarpa spec'd for the F1's with success. Plain and simple that's a weird and narrow last. I wasn't crazy about the Excursion either... way too much volume for my length foot. I filled them with a lot of Intuition and it would work, but not ideal either.

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