Rating: / 5
Stability at speed: 2.80 / 5
Hard snow performance: 2.50 / 5
Crud performance: 2.85 / 5
Forgiveness: 2.80 / 5
Pro The shape and intended applications are identical to the B2, but in the B2W Rossignol makes key adaptations for women—namely, forward mounting position and a more supple flex. That appears to diminish B2’s famous stability in crud but increases its quickness in moguls and tight trees. At its core, it’s a comfortable long-arc cruiser, but on the feet of a skilled skier it will still slash its way down the hill with energy and a sense of adventure. It’s sold flat, which is unusual at this width but nice if you don’t need a binding. Most B2Ws, though, will leave shops mounted with Rossi bindings, which nudge women forward into the driver’s seat with 2 mm of heel lift. "Fun, light and lively on the groomers and especially adept in bumps," said Beekman. Con Strongest women will want more power (and length).