I have had 2 pairs of those. Last week..I came across some SL's that are almost new..forgot I had them lol. Those got moved..and stay! in my straight ski collection!
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Anyone still ski and love vintage equipment? - Page 4post #92 of 2123/7/13 at 10:52am
So what vintage skis are some of us still looking for? I am looking for a pair of 205cm Olin Comp GS's from the mid 80's. Would also like to find a pair of Rossi 3G's or Atomic GS skis in 205cm. I thought I had my hands on a pair of Olin Comp GS's that I sold to a buddy years ago but learned his wife had given them to Goodwill when I stopped by to pick them up, AARG!post #93 of 2123/17/13 at 3:29pmI never skied the Fischer Superglass, would like to but w modern bindings. The 60's sucked for bindings, no brakes and "safety straps" that tied your skis to your boots, and occasionally hit you when you wiped out...post #94 of 2123/17/13 at 3:29pmpost #95 of 2123/17/13 at 3:52pmpost #96 of 2123/17/13 at 4:44pmpost #97 of 2124/19/13 at 4:46pm
I so feel you. I tried for years to make the move to carves but finally came to the conclusion I can't let go of my Volkl P9 rs. Like you I don't see the point of making my life easier. I can do anything with those ski's and I never had the feeling I was missing something. So why would I want to change? In 2008 one of the ski's delaminated at the top (heartbreaking) so I posed the question " now what" see thread Life after volkl p9 rs super
I followed the advice and took lessons but it never convinced me. Sure you can ski well on carves but so can you with straights and you don't need to keep them 5 or 10cm apart. And at high speeds the stability is pure bliss.
If you see someone on the slopes who seems to have their ski's glued together you can bet they are on straights. Sadly enough a rare sight today.
I couldn't find anyone to repair my volkl's so I stored them and solely took out my mono from then on until last year I found someone who had a go at repairing them. They lasted 2 years but sadly enough near the end of this season they delaminated again . I will try to repair them again but I know eventually the day will come it will really be their last season. So like you I am on the quest of finding some dream straight skis with of course the Volkl P9 RS (203) at the top of my list.
So if anyone got any ideas I am all ears................Rossi Smash care to sell....................??
Edited by LizzyVL - 4/19/13 at 5:26pmpost #98 of 2125/3/13 at 10:24pmpost #99 of 2125/5/13 at 3:02pm
Oh my goodness Greg. I skied the Rossignols ST's for years. They are like concrete, very stable and great skis. Thru them out some 15 years ago when moving. Your pictures are a trip down to memory lane. Thanks for that.post #100 of 2126/12/13 at 2:35pm
Yep, went through a couple pair of those segmented Northland's. After two winters of heavy hinting that pair of Head Standards finally showed up under (beside) the tree. Replete with the requisite cable-clamp-heel Markers, of course. Had to upgrade the longthongs though. Trying to remember the exact length options. Max was like 36" or like 6' it seemed.
Ahem. But I have to take issue with ya about the Rotomat thing because the heel units on later competition year models were made safer and reliable. And the cool thing was they didn't make the rear-ends of your sub 203cm skis resemble the back ends of a pair of kids snowshoes. Had some Looks on a pair of shorty rock skis one spring but didn't trust those half as much.
Anyway it was funny remembering the 'segmented edge' concept. It actually became a veritable ice edging coup for Olin until that day when you (I) tore two segments half way out, on some mashed potato concealed (pre-grooming days) ledge, early on a sunny morning at Cannon, on your first run. At least with Northland's a shop tech could splice in new ones on the fly, right?post #101 of 2126/12/13 at 2:42pm
Ha, Just saw the pics.
Was trying to recall the brand of the rock skis, on which I mounted Looks.
Graves they were.
Manufactured in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Stole em at a factory sale.post #102 of 2126/12/13 at 5:04pmpost #103 of 2126/12/13 at 8:28pmpost #104 of 2126/13/13 at 3:07pmpost #105 of 2126/13/13 at 6:20pmpost #106 of 2126/13/13 at 6:21pmpost #107 of 2126/13/13 at 6:34pm
Are you sure? I thought that the would be even closer to infinity!post #108 of 2126/13/13 at 7:04pm
I really enjoy these posts. The recent one with the Dynastar's reminds me of one of my favorite pairs (still in my collection of 300 pr) was the MV5 Geant. I acquired these second hand and they had an engraving that read "HABIBI". Fellow straight liners would scream HABIBI !!!! as I navigated in a rather turnless style on these boards. Worked and attended at the Stratton VT on snow show back in the 1980's. Dynastar was notorious for bringing in hand made pro stock gear. The rack skis were not the same, so sad.
Anyone out there ski the "SQUADS". In the lifeline when you made eye contact with another Spalding freak, you would just nod in acknowledgement, knowing that this ski was a beast and you had better be ready for ride. I did score a pair from a retiring pro racer that had a radical sidecut not present on earlier models. It was an early shape ski in its day.
A real missing link in the Spalding ski history book was the "Platinum" model. It was debuted at Stratton in the mid 1980 as Spalding was reintroducing their ski to the US again. This model sported a detachable vibration absorber, much like the Dynastar tomato heads as we called them in the shop. The idea was to unscrew the receptacle to make the ski quick and agile, while remounting it gave the ski very damp cruising ability. I skied the model on the first day of the show and it was a viable idea, it worked as designed. The problems began on the second day of the show when temperatures dropped to near zero, fahrenheit that is. The vibration absorbers shattered showering the skier with a handful of MERCURY!!! The model was quickly deemed and environmental hazzard and never made it to market. The rep being a friend of mine donated the last remaining pair (he believes) to my collection. They are mounted in a display on the wall in our stairway up to the upper level. They are unmounted, and still mounted with their Mercury reservoirs. More to come...post #109 of 2126/14/13 at 8:31ampost #110 of 2128/9/13 at 6:48pmpost #111 of 2128/9/13 at 7:22pmpost #112 of 2128/10/13 at 12:00pmpost #113 of 2128/10/13 at 3:52pm
I had some Alsop Shocks.. Had them for a little over a month then they got stolen Got a good deal on Kermas to replace them. I still remember that my wrists were throbbing the morning following the first day using the non shock poles. It really did make a difference skiing Midwestern hardpack. I'm surprised that nobody sells something similar these days.post #114 of 2128/10/13 at 5:49pmQuote:
I had some for years until I forgot to load them in the car at park city and ran over them. it was a very sad day I love the rubbery grips and "stay open" wrist loop too.
Royalpost #115 of 2128/10/13 at 10:46pmpost #116 of 2129/1/13 at 5:09pm
Pre GSP 210 Tyrolia 420 (TR: 54m)
Rossi Equipe DH 223 Tyrolia Racing Calgary (TR: 84m)
Kastle RX 201
Head Racing Radial 207
These are what I've skied last season. Hoping for more this season.
I also love newer long-er skis:
190 + GS (longer for me, I'm only 154 & 5'7)
Atomic BR 9.28
Fischer WC 'hole'
Rossi 9xpost #117 of 2129/2/13 at 4:12pm
Up until two years ago I was still skiing a Fischer SL (red sled) and an Elan GS, both 205cm; and, paired with the old black and red Raichle flexon comp boots. Finally modernized to a Volkl racetiger GS 183cm, and a pair of Full Tilt high fives. The shaped skis cut through crud and heavy snow a lot better than the older skis; and, if you ski them with the same technique, the performance is amazing.post #118 of 2129/2/13 at 7:59pmpost #119 of 2129/3/13 at 6:07pm
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