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Rossignol Bandit B-Squad Carbon (2008)

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Rating: 3.60 / 5
Price: $800.00
Year: 2008
Level: 3
Gender: Male

Toebox fit: 2.00 / 5
Forefoot fit: 2.00 / 5
Ankle fit: 2.00 / 5
Instep fit: 2.00 / 5
Adjustments: 3.54 / 5
Closure: 3.78 / 5
Response: 3.88 / 5
Support: 3.88 / 5
Flex: 3.68 / 5
Steering: 3.72 / 5
Comfort: 3.42 / 5
Average Score: 3.60 / 5

Rossi has substantially retooled its Bandit liners, using tapered, injection-molded padding instead of harsher-fitting die-cut material. The B-Squads use a low-volume, 98-mm wide shell, but many testers said it felt big. The main difference between the Carbon and the Composite is a slight variation in forward stiffness. The Carbon fiber in this model gave a decided snap to the finish of each turn. “Work that spine, and you can really load up the ski,” said Elling.

Best For

Launching from turn to turn.

Not For

Slim or short-toed feet.