Originally Posted by AlpineA
If I press on those skis like I'm heavy-squatting at Fitness19, then BAM. The skis flex, the edges engage.
Ummm, about 12 turns of this and my legs need recovery. That's not sustainable technique.
That's one way of doing it. Like freeski919 says, if you're not prepared to do the work, than this is not the ski for you. If you are having problems with it than your technique needs work.
I'd love to say I'm a pro, but not a chance, I get out about 5 to 10 times a year, but I'm full out every time and strive to ski hard and technically correct every time and thereby over the years have become an extremely good skier. After 47 years on straight skis these feel pleasant and easy to turn.
Honestly, you have to learn to set them on edge and a little pop into the shins and you are there, can't get any easier than that. Once you get the hang of it, you just go and play. Just make sure you don't smile to much on cold days as you'll frost your teeth.
I noticed that you didn't ask what was the best set up. You should, factories aren't always the best. Just Vacuum...hmmmm house must be clean. Seriously, you may still need boot/ski/body alignment adjustment. Not always as simple as it sounds. BTW race skis generally need stiffer boots for the energy transfer to work.
BTW I'm at least 20lbs lighter than you and on 165's and have no problems so don't use my/physiology/genetic as an excuse, that's just lame. When I was younger I weighed about 70lbs less than you and was skiing 210's at 15-16 and finally snapped them under the boot. If you don't want to work on technique, well....don't ski. Or to solve this issue, this is what you have to work at and stop complaining about it if you want to ski the higher end race skis.
Take it as you may, have fun.....learn something from this.