Thank you in advance for help!!!
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Thank you in advance for help!!!
It could work to get you started ( you havent said wich model) but if you plan to continue you will want the race stock so unless it is cheap/free/ you already have the cheater you could find yourself buying twice. I have some atomic 158 race stock slaloms available. PM me if you are interested
see this thread http://www.epicski.com/t/86063/volkl-racetiger-sl-155-race-stock. Hilarous how many times the thread got revived, I might be willing to sell them back to UP he seems to have an active market for the ski!
I am 5'6 and 182 decent skier, always learning, as a raceroom ski and not a 'cheater" (whatever that means) they border on too much ski for me. Lots of fun on hard snow athough I've only rarely run gates. I had a base grind this season and they still look about the same!
^^^^ This. And in all honesty, I started with same assumptions, have found that normal FIS spec skis work fine even if we're not threats to bump someone off the U.S. team. Might want to stick with brands that are on the flexier side. At your size a 155-158 WC SL would be about right. And a shorter women's spec GS, although the new sidecuts look unfriendly to Masters, might go for an older new model, plenty around. Cannot say for sure, not having tried the new.
One bit of confusion: Are you running both SL and GS this spring? Usually the SL's are later in the season, so wondering if your question is actually directed at SL. If so, then IME any decent race carver will work fine for basic movement training away from a course, or using brushes. Including your Heads. But definitely pick up a real SL, not a cheater, for actual gates, whether training or races.
And you'll likely need (or be required to have, depending) a race helmet that can take a chin guard. Hand guards good idea too. Unless you plan to replace your googles every week or two, collect bruises on face and hands for bar ice-breakers. Shin and arm guards maybe less urgent cuz you don't want to get that close until you've got other mechanics in order. SL is a contact sport.
Only comment is that I'm confused about your all-day math. Seems to me, unless you just want an excuse to buy more skis (not that any of us would ever do that) that your 175's are your all day ski, these should be great on firm to normal snow, and a decent technique trainer for either event. Good mechanics are good mechanics. Then you need a real SL. And you can use your Heads for actual GS next fall, decent number of Masters racers use cheaters, while you get some experience. Not clear why a third ski would be needed right away, or why it would be so short and presumably so narrow. You could easily manage a 170-175 cm 85 mm softer snow ski. Is this a small place local place near LA that is mostly firm/icy groomers? (Grew up in LA.)
Put another way, less may be more for a while.
that was not an offer to sell, but a statement that 155 is NOT too short for you, in my opinion.
No, just a (too) frequent recycler of top quality race skis at reasonable prices! As many here can attest to.... (And never seem to end the season on the same skis I had intended racing on at the start of the season )
Just heading home from a week on the road so will get some pics to you over the weekend