I presently own the original RC4 Progressor, 2008 model, 175 length. I am very curious if anyone has compared the original Progressor to the new P-9. In particular, I would really like to know if the new Flowflex plate makes much difference to how the ski performs? If so, in what way?
Basically I am looking to replace my Progressors with a ski that is more compliant at slower speeds and in broken snow and crud. While I absolutely love the Progressors as a high speed groomer ski (smooth, stable, unshakable, agile), they seem to only come alive at higher speeds. I just don't ski like that all the time, and would like something more versatile. At slower speeds, I don't find them playful and agile enough, and are just too stiff to be much fun.
The flex at tip and tail seems not to be overly stiff, but there is very little flex under the binding plate. These have the bindings mounted on a thick aluminum Flowflex plate. In the following year, this ski was renamed the Progressor 9+ and was given a new binding plate with a flexible joint in the center, while the sidecut and double Ti layup remained the same.
I briefly skied the P-9 last year, and it felt like a very different ski to mine. But I didn't get enough time on them to really compare. That, and they had a rental binding.... Despite that, the differences were enough to make me think that the new Flowflex plate makes the ski much more compliant underfoot. They felt lighter, more snappy at slower speeds; easier to turn in soft broken snow, more forgiving overall. They were certainly just as stable and smooth at speed. Therefore I am eying the aluminum plate on my skis with suspicion now, as being the culprit.
Another ski that is looking really interesting to me is the new Progressor 10. It seems to have only one layer of metal, at 0.5mm, whereas the current P-9 and my RC4 have two layers at 0.8mm and 0.5mm. So far the reviews on these have been excellent. Question is, will they be solid enough to hold my size and weight..... 6'2", 220 lbs.....esp. at higher speeds? How do they compare to the P-9?
It would be great to hear from someone who is familiar with the original Progressor and/or the new P-9 and P-10. Many thanks in advance! Looking forward to hearing back.....