Originally Posted by Ghost
Ski reviews, but with a difference. This time tell us what is wrong with your skis, not just buyers positively biased first impressions. If you need help, just think how you would describe the ski to your significant other when justifying the need for another ski.
I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with my skis but I do think that one pair is wrong for me:
Atomic Metron 11 B5 164cm 14M TR NEOX 4/12 - 2007 (?)
I've posted about them a couple times and I really like them unless there is ice. I can't not get them to hold an edge on ice. I do not have that issue on any of my other skis. I'm willing to accept I have the deficiency but if there is any ice out, they stay in the rack.
I keep thinking about selling them but I really need to get in the bumps and I think they would do very well in bumps and they've done me well instructing. Since I'm coming off ACL reconstruction it would probably be good to start the season with a nice soft ski.
Atomic LT11 170cm 16M TR NEOX 4/12 - 2006 or 2007
These have been my go to ski for quite some time. They're a cheater GS ski and have served me well. After a slight mishap in the race course this past season (rode a rut, found out about rebound and went into the trees), one of the bases took a nasty gouge (I'm still not sure how I survived that crash with nothing more than a bruise on one arm from a sapling). Had them repaired but I do believe they are now really nice rock skis. The also have 3 seasons on them. They will probably be my other early/late season ski.
Elan GSX 176 cm 21.2M TR Marker Pro Comp 12 and Piston Plate - 2003 (binders are 2009)
Though not FIS anymore (like that matters to me), these are real race skis (2003 model). I'm not that big (5'7"/170#) so I consider these my "big boy" skis. At the end of the my season (cut short on these skis), I was doing very well on these (for me) in NASTAR. I was gaining on the fast guys; even the younger ones. Though these skis are 2003, I found them in a local ski shop brans spanking new! Still had the stickers on the bottom and no bindings had been mounted yet. All that for only $99! 10% of current year brand new.
For me, the only down side is you have to stay focused the entire time skiing them. They aren't fun skis outside of the gates. They're great skis, but I wouldn't call them fun. I didn't get to really use them until I used their sister skis - Elan SLX below.
Elan SLX 155 cm 11.5M TR Solomon 912 V-Tech Race plate - 2003
Mid January this past season I wasn't carving that well and felt that if I went to a smaller ski, it would come to me quicker and I could move back to my "big boy" skis. It worked great! In one of the instructor clinics they made me remove my goggles to make sure it was me because they couldn't believe I was skiing so well.
These are the sister to the GSX and even the same year (2003) so they make a nice set. The only draw back is they are 155cm and I wish they were 165cm. The best part about these skis was getting them off craigslist for $50 with the bindings and race plate! The bottoms aren't perfect but they ski nicely and hold a nice edge on ice. I really like these skis but I can't race on them as they dig in too much and it seems to slow me down.
AND both Elans match my boots (Kryptons) perfectly and everyone knows that makes you go faster.
So, my skis don't really have anything wrong with them, but I am going to be getting something else for this coming season. I want to get an SL Race Ski or another cheater GS ski in the 165-170 range. Something that carves nicely and is long enough for NASTAR/Beer League. I don't go in the trees (on purpose ) and we don't get enough powder to make me want to crossover to any of the early rise/rocker/fat stuff. I might actually buy a current year ski ! Leaning towards another Atomic. Maybe the SL D2 or something along those line.
I'm also thinking about starting the L2 process so I should probably weigh that in my decision. Maybe something less for racing and more towards L2 .
Anyways. Sure that is more than anyone wanted to know about my skis.