OK, after a couple of years of denial, there's no longer any ignoring the fact that my beloved 2005 RX8s are toast. No camber, no rebound, floppy shadows of what they used to be.
What did I love about them? Quick, light, lively, could make about any radius turn I wanted with them. Loved carving all kinds of round turns with them at close to silly speeds sometimes, and beer league "oh my gosh, look at how deep those ruts are" racing. I thought they gripped really well on the eastern "firm".
What didn't I like about them? Not much. They did get kicked around a bit in the crud, and with a 66 waist, didn't float too well in anything much over 6". But I've got a pair of Nordica HR Pro Burners better suited to our Eastern "powder" days.
Me, I'm probably a level 7 or 8 skier, late 40s. Ski about 20-30 days a year recently, on the east coast.
I'm looking for suggestions for skis to demo. I've never skied an early rise or rocker ski, and for the purposes of replacing the RX8s, I'm not sure they'd fit the bill here. My list so far
Fischer Progressor 900
Fischer WC SC Pro (for giggles)
Nordica FireArrow 74 EDT
Nordica FireArrow 80 Pro/Ti
Head i.SuperShape Speed
Thoughts about these? Other suggestions?