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Atomic GS Race FIS 175 cm

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Hi,

 

Today was my third day out on these skis (Atomic GS Race, 175 cm, R>23).  I am usually a slalom ski guy, and frankly was a bit nervous to take these out on the hill except for early morning runs and weekdays.

 

I am finding these skis to be surprisingly easy to ski - not at all like the Atomic GS skis of the old days (Beta Race) which I found locked me into one big, scary turn shape at speed.

 

I can easily slide them around at low speeds when skiing with the wife, and I can make nice carved shorter radius turns at slower - medium speeds - they bend into a nice smooth powerful arc, and hold like there's no tomorrow - at medium speeds!  Today we had about 4 inches of snow on top of hard pack, and even at the end of the day when I had piles of snow alternating with hard pack, they were just fun, making lots of turns at medium speeds.

 

And they hold - of course - at high speeds on groomers.

 

So I'm really kinda surprised at how versatile they are.  They are much easier to ski all day than my Fischer WC SL hole ski.  The only down side is it makes my ski area in NH feel small all of a sudden :-)

 

Any feedback on how I'm finding the ski?  Just seemed surprising and unusual for a FIS GS ski.

 

Thanks!

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I have found the same thing to be true. It seems shaped ski design has been very kind to GS skis. I have a new pair of race stock GS skis, 27 m, and a new pair of consumer slalom skis. The GS skis feel great, they need a little speed, and won't do short radius turns, but otherwise I really like the way they ski. My new slalom skis, last years Rossi 9SL slantnose, don't have much grip, the tips are fighting the rest of the ski, and are only happy at higher speed stab and grab type turns. They seem to only want to do a quick on/off the edge turn. I am getting the impression that FIS or racestock skis are just superior skis overall, and are just a little biased towards higher speeds.

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