Originally Posted by hobieboy
I searched but couldn't find the answer so thought I'll start a new thread to ask -
Anyone can comment on their experience between the Progressor 9+ and 10+?
I'm looking for a Eastern on-piste ski to replace my Speedwave 10 which is too soft now that my skills are better.
I recently demo-ed the Contact Cross (feels too sluggish from edge to edge for me), Nordica Spitfire (feels a bit like a stiffer Speedwave but not that great in getting thru cruds & a few inch of fresh snow), and Volkl AC-30 (feels great edge to edge and can plow thru cruds & fresh snow verrrry smoothly. It likes a bit of speed but a bit too GS like for my taste).
I had tried the 8+ a long while back and liked them. I'll have a chance to try the 9+ so would like to hear about how it compares to the 10+. Another ski that I'd like to consider is the Volkl Tigershark 10 foot; so again appreciate any feedback / comparison.
I don't know if you saw my reviews over on the member gear reviews forum, but I assume not. Anyways, here goes (I have skied the 10+ as it is one of the 2 pure frontside skis our shop is carrying this year, and owned the 9+ in both 170 and 175cm).
Progressor 9+: stiffer, has metal in it, a larger turn radius. I felt it is a "race-lite" frontside ski, suitable for any hard snow surface. It rips around at speed, is damp, smooth, stable, and powerful, and is a slightly softer version of the WC RC. Basically an on-piste ski: it does OK in bumps (a little stiff, not too bad) but really is biased toward hard snow and not too junky crud. No speed limit.
Progressor 10+: much softer than the 9+, no metal, but instead has a carbon laminate wood core layup. A little tighter turn radius. On snow feel is completely different: much lighter, livelier, snappier, and a bit more forgiving. Softer tip, softer flex, a touch less stability, and more energy in the tail. Beats the 9+ in bumps and softer snow: much easier to handle, with a larger sweet spot, and more forgiving tip. On pure hard snow, not quite as edgy or aggressive: 9+ probably slightly gets the nod if you are really laying them over at speed, otherwise, it is a wash.
So, if you like the more forgiving and lighter nature of the 10+, then the 9+ won't really comparable. If you are skiing pure hard snow, I think the race-derived 9+ would be slightly better; if you venture off-piste and want a true all-mountain frontside power carver with versatility, the 10+ gets the nod.