I'm in the market for a pair of front-side race carvers for western hardpack and am looking for some advice, especially, but not limited to the skis mentioned above.
About me: 6'2" 180, aggressive 8+ skier, some race experience, 34 yr (grew up on skis), ski primarily in the southwest (NM, CO, UT).
My requirements: Flat ski option (I've never felt connected to my skis using integrated bindings. Although I'm sure they make good systems now, I'd just as soon mount my bindings on a plate); a radius between 18-23; torsionally stiff; snappy, lively ski. I don't mind working hard to ski.
Race Carvers I've really liked: If I could, I'd replace the pair of 2005 Dobermann GSRs (r>21 at 186) that I used to ski. I've also enjoyed my 2003 Fischer RC4 (r>21 at 193), but those are just too burly a ski to safely ski in public. Generally, I like Stockli (I've skied many of their StormRider models), Head (I own the Monster 88 in a 186), and Fischer (above).
Looking around at modern cheater GS skis, I have eyes for the Stockli Laser SX (FIS) 180 and the GS in either 180 or 185. Does anyone have any insights into either of these skis for a guy like me? Anyone have any other suggestions?
Thanks for all your help!