After reading many helpfull threads, I still need some input so I've decided to join the community and ask for advice.
About myself: 22 years old, 184cm (6'1), 78kg (172lbs) without gear, advanced skier (10 years+), good physical shape. Current equipment: Atomic SL9 @ 160cm, Atomic M90 boots.
Having the possibility to change my skiing equipment at after-season prices, I decided that the time has come to do it. I will use these new skis mostly on packed powder, artificial snow, hardpack, moguls (not so often though). In order to get a better picture, I consider the current ones to have the following drawbacks: not enough edge grip on hardpack, unstable when pushing them, mediocre rebound out of a turn, radius to short.
Therefore, I'm searching for a livelier ski, with more feedback, edge grip, rebound out of a turn and stability. Lenght-wise, I'll go either 165 or 170 max, depending on the model. I narrowed it down between the following Atomics:
- RS D2 SL (FIS model) 165cm radius 13m
- RS non-D2 SL (FIS model) 165cm radius 13m
- D2 SL 165/170 cm, radius 11.5/12m
Unfortunately I can't demo any. So, please tell me which are the most important differences between them. Even if I like to ski aggresive, I don't know if a FIS model won't be to much. Although the advantages are quite clear. They will be paired with Hawx 120 boots. What do you think?
Thanks in advance,