I've been skiing on my old Atomic Beta Race 10.22s since I bought them new sometime around the turn of the last century. They were Atomic's top GS race ski at the time (although mine are regular production, not the race stock) and I've always liked them well enough, but I think it's time for something new.
I've been meaning to try out some of the newer "cheater" skis, but can never make it to the hill during a demo day. And none of the local shops carry anything besides all-mountain/twin-tip/powder skis - anything remotely race is special order only. I think I'm just going to have to order them blind, based on whatever I can learn from the interwebs.
I'm 44, 6'3", 195lbs. Used to ski a lot and race some, but now maybe get out only a dozen days per season.
I'm not racing (not even beer league), just looking for a single-purpose ski to lay big, fast arcs on hardpack. A bit more sidecut than the 10.22s would be fun (I think they're 22 meters, but mine are 188cm, so might be a little more?), but I don't want to give up much in lateral stiffness or edgehold. I've never had any trouble working these or any other full-bore race ski.
Boot out is an issue for me on less-hard snow with the 10.22s (I think they're only 62mm underfoot), so I'm assuming the wider skis today will take care of that? (not sure what kind of rise the new bindings/plates have).
I would just get the new Atomic Redster Doubledeck GS, but to be honest I'm a little concerned about the whole vibration dampening/D2 thing. I already find the 10.22s to have kind of a dead feel, and I really miss the life and energy of a classic wood/metal sandwich ski.
Which makes me want to consider the Fischer RC4 Worldcup RC Pro. Traditional construction, lots of sidecut, maybe a little closer to a true race ski than the Atomic D2?
I guess I'm wondering if the "cheater" skis are going to be a noticeable step down, performance wise, from my older race skis. The extra sidecut might be fun, but if they're going to be too soft and dead, it might be not be worth the change.
Any and all thoughts and experience are welcome. Thanks.