I finally bought a pair of this years Speed Course Ti (11/12) in 177 to ski groomers as we didn't have any snow by February. I like the ski for the fact I can make fun racing turns when its crowded, and keep the speed down.When the hill is clear they have nearly the stability of a FIS GS ski yet make nice slalom turns as well. You can go for the tail in the flats and get a rocket out of the turns. It skis OK in broken snow and pretty good in mixed conditions. This last Friday I had a chance to bring my four pair of skis out for comparison and in the run I took down frozen granular bumps with a hint of fresh windblown, they were well behaved enough to enjoy the run. I spent over 5 hours skiing groomers on them on Saturday. When the edge sharpness wears away they still grip well enough on firm and are light enough with the plate so you won't get tired skiing them all day. The Avenger Ti was a close consideration, but the Course Ti is better on hard snow and ice. I'm using a Lange WC ZB flex boot and they are well matched. On an earlier day I had to ski back to the car and the best slope on that side had gone through to rocks with the traffic, (a case to have taken the shuttle). Some minor Ptex and edge repair but I will rate the base and edge quality as very high after workking out the case hardening, ans completing base and tuning steps. Fast bases, they ride like a FIS ski on the flats. Good technique is required, If I start the pressure late, the ski wil slide out, start it early and tracks unwaveringly. I was thinking of getting the 159 for my 14 year old daughter but its quite stiff in that length, and will probably get her the speed cross with less metal in it.
45 years of skiing
200 lbs 6'
Dynastar '12 LP 105 192
Dynastar '11 LP Sultan 94 184
Dynastar '9/10 LP Sultan 85 184
Dynastar -12 Speed Course Ti 177
Atomic '05 Snoop Daddy 185 (still going strong as rock skis)