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Have SL and GS race skis changed much since 07/08?

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I've been out of the race scene for a couple years now yet I still have my Volkl Racetigers (165 cm 2007 SL, 185 cm 2009 GS 27 m) sitting in the closet. They make an odd appearance when I'm not skiing pow.

 

I was wondering if someone could fill me in on ski developments that have taken place during my hiatus. What would I notice if I got on 2012 skis? If there are differences in performance, what design features account for them?

 

(I'm aware of the GS ski radius/length changes that will be taking effect).

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I'm not savvy enough to know what all the differences are DC,  but if you jump on some current ones i think you will notice quite a difference.  On the 27m GS skis the earlier ones were often a bit of a bear to start the turn.  Example, the 2009 Blizzard GS 27m 185 was superfast but I was simply not good enough/strong enough to get it into the turn consistently.  A bit like the 2002, 2003 21 m GS skis were  a bit dead.  This season i have been on the 2011 Fischer GS in 188 and 183 27m and found absolutely no issues getting them to respond and them being skiable.  In fact after using them I got rid of my 23m versions.  i suspect it has been a process of evolution which has effectively led to the 27m skis being as easily skiable as the earlier >21m ones.    Also D2 on the Atomic GS seems to work pretty well and a similar power deck on the 2012 Blizzard (haven't skied it but some reports have suggested it makes the Blizzard too dead which is unfortunate as the 2011 Blizzard GS is a great ski)

 

On slalom, it is harder to nail it down but some of the improvements I have found have been the Atomic D2 SL with the "control deck" (i.e extended plate...) and the Rossi/Dynastar slant nose which is a helluva ski, lots more pop than anything else I have skied.   Can't speak to the Volkl changes (Speedwall?) as the last one I skied was the 2008 Sl  which just didn't work for me.


Edited by ScotsSkier - 5/3/12 at 10:19pm
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Shameless plug: selling a bunch of new or new-ish year GS and SL skis if you're interested in trying something new.  http://www.epicski.com/t/112191/the-racedude-will-no-longer-be-racing-race-and-recreational-ski-and-ski-accessory-sale

 

But ScotsSkier is basically the resident smart guy on race ski construction. 

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