or Connect
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

a bunch of GS skis

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Again, these were only skied in gates. Lengths were between 183 and 193.

Atomic 10.22. No complaints with this one. Easy turn initiation, serious egde grip and stores the energy throughout the turn. Real solid. I think this is the same ski as last year and a lot of your have probably tried it and have an idea of what it's all about.

Rossi 9X. Real quick egde to edge and light under foot. I thought it was real easy to ski, almost to easy for a GS ski. There was a very steep and fast section of the course which demanded that you be hard on the edges. When really laying into the skis at high speeds, it seemed to overturn and make too round of an arc. This caused me to have to change my line in the middle of the turn; not a very desireable prospect at 50+mph. Too soft for me. I have no doubt however that this ski would be a blast to cruise the mountain on. Next year Rossi will be selling two models of the 9X, one is generally the same as this years and the other will be an FIS legal version with different graphics and construction. Obviously the turn radius will be different on the two skis.

Race-stock Salomon 2V. Very intersesting ski with the narrower tip than tail. This thing hooked up real early and stayed pointed were I wanted it. When fully bent I could actually feel the tail of the ski holding more aggressively than the tip. When I released the turn that wide tail really shoots all of that stored energy into the next turn. Really a cool ski. I wish I more time to get a good handle on how to get the most out of it. Super stiff, smooth and damp. Highly recommended, the race-stock version anyway.

I'll put the Dynastar GS and the Volkl P50F1 together. Neither of them had any distinctive personality. They did what they were supposed to do but they didn't do anything great. Not quite stiff enough, too tame and friendly and just not skis that make you take notice. I always hear people praising Volkl GS skis, I guess I just don't get it. Both of these would be great for cruising on the groomed stuff, but they don't cut it when pushed in the gates.

Stockli GS. That's my ski so I'm partial to this one, but it's better than all of the others listed. I'm telling you, a wood-core ski is superior in feel and precision that any other wood-hybrid or whatever synthetic materials being used. It's super smooth and just has the perfect turn shape for me. Get it carving early in the turn and enjoy the ride. Once you get a feel for the ski and are able to set the edges early, you control the turn shape by the severity of the edge angle. The more edge angle you use, the more you are able to bend the ski. This seems elementary, but the less stout GS skis seem to turn themselves on a predetermined radius. When you ski the Rossi or the Dynastar aggressively the turn becomes way to round. I want to be the one controlling the shape of the turn, not the ski. The Stockli is a precision instrument which requires appropriate skills to get the most out of it. A real race ski.

Elan GSX. WOW! This was a 184 and skis like a 205... in a good way. As smooth as a Rolls Royce and as much power a 427! At high speeds I felt as though I was riding on a pillow, man is this thing luxurious in a carve. A ski which not only requires skill but also strength. I'm 6'2 195-200 and had all I can handle with a 183 or 184. You must pressure the front of the ski get it to bite and remain very agressive throughout the turn. If you get a little lazy and don't keep consistent pressure on the downhill ski it starts to run away from you. Very demanding. If you have doubts about your skills then don't even consider this board, you'll be in way over your head and won't enjoy it all. If you are a solid racer check this thing out, its incredible. I skied a bunch of runs on this ski and it painfully exposed some flaws in my skiing. When I finally had control over it I noticed how much more free and smooth my technique had become. Not intended for anywhere but the gates. The real deal. If there is a race-stock version of this ski keep it away from me, I'm scared just thinking about it.

My ranking goes like this: 1)Elan GSX, 1a)Stockli GS. The Stockli is almost as smooth and damp as the Elan but a little easier to ski. With all of the Stinflex plates that Stockli offers, you could have yourself one serious board if you find the right match. The heavier guys all put the Elan on top and the Stockli second. (Two of these guys went to Stam Academy in Austria. Uhh...they were rather impressive. If you ever want to feel bad about you ability, ski with someone from Stam).

2)Salomon race-stock 2V. I really dug it. Don't know about the store model.

3)Atomic 10.22. Typical solid, powerful Atomic GS feel.

4)Rossi 9X, Dynastar GS, Volkl P50F1. None of these can stack up to a race-stock ski. If you run in competitive race leagues you would be well served by looking for a legit GS race-stock model. Those other ones are too pedestrian compared to the real deal.

So, what have we learned, or what have I learned? Well, go find a serious wood-core racer (GS and SL) and don't turn back. If you have the chance to ski something like the Elan or Stockli along side some of the other models I mentioned I really believe you will see the shortcomings of an off the rack ski.

Agree, Disagree???
post #2 of 7
Agree regarding the Stocklis. Fast. How does the ski build that much speed that quickly?

I bought mine in 178 intending them to do "dual service" ...... instructing and a bit of fun and gates in between. Not as servicible regarding "heavy traffic" time on our packed (with people) hill. They belong out in the open where they can run.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Amen to that, brother
post #4 of 7
You don't happen to be economically linked to Elan do you???
post #5 of 7
I don't think Mike is linked to Elan. He's fairly big 6'2" 195-200lbs and probably skis pretty hard. He's got enough weight and strength to fully flex the Elans.
Elan has been making some hardcore race skis that a lot of people can't bend (fully flex), even some FIS level racers.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
I'm not affiliated with any company. I guess I will be economically linked with Elan when I spend my money on their product next year I had the chance to compare most of the skis on the market side by side on some demanding courses, a comparison which very few us are able to perform. I only called it like I saw it. There is no denying that Stockli and Elan simply make a better, more demanding race ski than the competition.

As a race coach I look for the best gear for my athletes and the better skiers deserve to have equipment which facilitate their skills. If I owned a ski shop I would steer 99% of my customers away from the Elan GSX, its just too much ski. But if you can handle it it's top shelf all the way.
post #7 of 7
Just checkin! Been awhile since anyone has sung much praise for the Elan line. Unfortunate that there were not any Head skis in the test lineup.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 24, 2002 02:49 PM: Message edited 1 time, by JoCanadian ]</font>
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Member Gear Reviews