I had spent the first 27 years of my life disliking snow, until a friend introduced me to skiing. I picked it up fairly quickly and was skiing blues by the end of the first day. Within a week I had picked up a season pass and some used gear ($100 poorly spent) and proceded to ski 8-10 hours/week for most of the season. The *almost* straight skis and oversized boots didn't cause too many issues until I began to conquer the easier blacks, so I began to buy new gear when a deal came along.
The new boots are a little flexy (70), but the proper fit has given me more control and doubled my confidence. My new found comfort, control, and confidence quickly led me to make an impulse buy on a new pair of Nordica Hot Rod Igniters (162cm), from the clearance rack. I was only able to spend a half day on them before the end of the season, but they seemed much slower than my circa 2000 Dynastars (150cm). I'm 5'4" and 165 lbs if it makes a difference.
The old Dynastars have some shape to them, so I didn't have to relearn turning or anything. Did the new skis seem slow because I was more in control or was I doing something incorrectly that made them slow?