My son, a race coach, has last years 9.12s in his quiver of skies. I skied all of last year on the SL9.16s. Hopefully I'll have some new SL 11's soon!.
If your looking for a ski that will be raced and than skied all day, I'd go with the SL11s. I borrow my son's 9.12s for few hours of great trench carving. Tons of fun! But I'm usually glad to get back on my 9.16s for the rest of the day.
The 9.16s and their replacement SL11s are very stable at fairly high speeds, extremely quick turning and hold ice as if it wasn't even there. For this "eastern" skier, the SL9.16/SL11 can't be beat.
Oh, I'm 5'8" and ski a 160cm length. Since I'm not a racer I don't have to worry about the new pending lenght rules.My new skies will probobly be 155s.
[ October 04, 2002, 12:54 PM: Message edited by: HarryO ]