Ok, guys..here is the data on my son (HS racer): I am getting conflicting advice on whether to buy a full on race FIS level ski or one step below that. I don't want to hinder my sons skiing by getting him too much ski -but- I also don't want to buy him too little ski? Confused and probably won't be able to demo before we need these.
Weight: 178 lbs.
Team: High School Varsity
Skill Level: Mid-level HS racer with room to improve.
Conditions: Michigan, Smaller to Medium Hills, Hardpack
Courses: Slalom & GS (hills not too long), not too much speed gained before turns start.
Current Ski: 2006 Nordica Dobermann World Cup SL 155 w/salomon binding 6-12 Din
Situation: Had a few issues with course wipeouts last season (partially technique) but am looking to get him the right equipment as to give him the best chance to succeed. Was told he is probably overdriving his 155's for his size. He also uses a rec boot and looking to move him into a race boot.
Narrowed it down to the following (probably getting him a 2012 model to save some $):
All in 165 (non-FIS version listed First)
A) Atomic D2 Race SL (doubledeck) -or- Atomic Sl World Cup (no doubledeck).
B) Dynastar Omegalss TI -or- Dynastar Omeglass TI World Cup
C) Rossignol 9SL WC - or - Rossignol WC SL FIS
D) Fischer ?
- Atomics with D2 decks are rated highly but they don't put D2 on the FIS level skis. They do put D2 on the Race SL version on e step below that. Atomic D2's are highly rated on the web by testers but tests were for accessible slalom skis and not only high level racers.
- Dynastar and Rossi are made by the same company in the same factory so I assume same (or very close) performance. Rated very highly.
- Fischer seems to be the local HS favorite and local ski shops really push them (only have fischers) and local ski shop says he should only get the FIS type Fischer ski (ski shop is in a high end area so I thin he is just used to pushing the top of the line no matter what - does he have a point to just get the best most race level ski?). Fischers are rated just ok online.
1) Should I only be considering FIS level skis -or- are those too much ski?
2) Which brand do you have experience with or have an opinion on?
Any other advice is welcomed.