My neighbors recently gave me a pair of their daughter's old GS skis, and I can't tell if they're good skis or not. They are Rossignol Radical X's, 167 cm, radius 17, I think the '06 or '07 model. Is this too old? Has technology changed too much? They are not World cup but they say "FIS approved." What does that mean? And I've heard that Rossi's are not as stiff. I've been racing on Atomic 165's , not World Cup either. They've worked ok for me but I demoed the 2012 Fischer GS 170's WC last year, which felt crazy stiff, poppy, and overall more powerful compared to the Atomics. Will the Rossi's be worse than the Atomics? I'm racing U16 (J3) next season, I'm 5'4 and 115 lbs. Thanks!
Rossignol GS ski question
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1.How old are your atomics?
2. How much use have the atomics and the rossis had?
the fischers may have felt stiffer and more responsive because they were new, compared to your atomics which may be dead (depending on 1 and 2) it makes me think your atomics are dead since you said the fischers were stiffer.
what I have been told is atomic is stiffer than both, fischer is a bit stiffer than rossi, but what the main difference between the two is that fischer has stiffer parts of the ski, whereas rossi has a more consistent flex.
As for technology changing, atomics technology has and is changing year to year. I think rossis technology has changed too because they really got popular it seems when they came out with the slanted nose sl ski.
If these are all junior skis, then the stiffness won't really be too different ski to ski.
Its hard to say if one ski will be worse than the other, because it depends a lot on how much life they have left in them. It also depends on how much experience you have.
If all of these skis were the 2012 model with the same amount of life, I would go with the fischer or the rossi 170 (or whatever it is for rossi)