Depends on what you want. Stiffness is not the only criteria. I'm a Masters racer, and have been using Atomic for years, I really like the D2 construction. Locally, we can get what I think is Level 2 race stock (flex matched, flex numbers written on the tail, very good manufacturing and finish quality). I use FIS 165s for SL, FIS 183 GSs (women's FIS) for GS. I have two pairs of D2 SLs from last season, great skis, very mellow, very easy into the turn. I just got a good deal on a pair of this year's non-D2 165s. Much stiffer in the tip. I think they're going to be better in a course as long as it's hard snow...which we haven't had for about a week or so. Watch this space...
Originally Posted by SkiNut
I'm wondering about the type of SL ski that most serious racers would buy that are actaully competeting (as opposed to the consumer who wants a performance oriented carving ski for freeskiing)