After a mostly hard snow year I'd like to add a new short turning ski to my quiver.
I had a great time on my Head iSupershape Speed (170cm, 15.4m radius) skis but when things were icy and crowded I craved a shorter turner. The Heads will make almost any turn shape you want but prefer to go fast. I've considered masters racing but hate to be tied down so I doubt I will do it, at least not next year so free skiing is the purpose. What I really want is a fun ski that holds the ice like crazy, gives me a workout and is versatile enough to spend the day on.
I am 5'11" and 165lbs, 48 yrs old, ski 50+ times/yr., decent modern technique but no Ted Ligety.
I have not found a good place to demo race skis but had a chance to demo a couple FIS SL skis at Alta on a hard snow day earlier this season:
Atomic RS D2 SL in a 158cm. Brought a smile to my face on every run. Felt a bit short/light but still super fun, easier to ski than I had imagined, more versatile & stable at speed than I had imagined. Much more playful than the Nordicas I demoed. I wish I could have tried it in the 165cm.
Nordica Dobermann SLR. 165cm. More serious feeling than the Atomic. I don't know how to describe it but they made such a strong platform when really pushed I felt like I would be invincible in a course (feel super torsionally stiff) but I'd call them good/not great free skiing. I've skied several Nordicas that make a strange hollow sound when they hit uneven surfaces that bugs me, anyone else notice this?
I've been asking around, both racers and non-racers. Some say stick to FIS, other say consumer versions would be best. Brands are all over the board with most adamant recommendations being Stockli.
Reading reviews and listening to recommendations, my ultimate demo day would include:
Stockli Laser SL & SC both FIS and non-FIS
Head iSL in FIS and non-FIS
Kastle RX SL
Dynastar Speed Omeglass WC & TI
Fischer Worldcup SC Pro
Blizzard SL Magnesium Power & SLR Magnesium IQ
Rossignol Radical Worldcup SL slant nose
I'm wondering if any of you has skied several brands and can give me input on the differences.
Since I am not racing, I don't need the latest so I'm hoping to find a leftover 2011 or 2012.