Originally Posted by dawgcatching
I would stick with a more typical race carver type of ski if you want to go the slalom route. The Rally will feel more like a slalom sidecut, not like a race carver though; it is too soft. Some good ones worth checking out:
Elan Waveflex SLX Fusion (I ski in 170cm, a very versatile carver)
Kastle RXSL (more of a near full race ski)
Stockli Laser CX (similar to the SLX in terms of versatility)
Fischer Progressor 950 (basically a wider version of a GS/SL hybrid carver, excellent powerhouse front side ski)
Fischer WC SC (full-on race carver, not too demanding though in a longer length).
I have skied the Fire Arrow EDT from Nordica, and it is awesome, but only in a GS length. I can imagine it would be a good choice if purchased shorter.
This; a slightly detuned SL or SL/GS hybrid will be more secure on hard surfaces, and can be surprisingly fun in bumps if you adapt your style. If you can't afford a Stockli or Kastle, I've had very positive experiences on Fischers and Dynastars. Fischer race carvers are lively, but unlike most lively skis, aren't nervous, hold like pit bulls. Dynastars are damper, more planted feeling, but easy to handle if you keep form. If you're staring at a Course Pro Ti for a good price, there ya go.
Originally Posted by SierraJim
Not that published TR is the be-all to be endlessly agonized over, but here are few to look at.
Typical FIS SL ski: 165/13
Head Magnum 170/13.1
Head Rally 170/13.6
Dynastar CP 172/15
Stockli SX 170/15.6
Yeah, not sure what TR means when you get below 16 or so, but for a pure frontside ski, I'd take the 14.5-16.0 range of the hybrids over the 13-ish of the Supershapes (owned some). That radius works well, obviously, for a real SL, and can be a hoot with a softer flex to freeski on a smaller hill. Turn turn turn. Personally, I wish Head would make something like a Rally or Titan with 170 as the second of four lengths, flex tweaked accordingly, so potential buyers could chose a 177 with a low 15 something, or a 184 with a low 16 something. They used to believe in that idea. IMO stability in and of itself is not the issue - a WC SL is quite stable at silly speeds, as is a Titan - but lack of length relative to skier height makes any ski pretty unforgiving in variable snow or bumps. If you're average male height or above, and want a real technique workout, freeski a women's SL fast in crud and forming bumps over ice.