Dear all, this is my first thread after researching this topic (and not finding anything). I am an experienced skier, have been skiing since 3 years old and have an extensive experience with GS-style (mostly cheater) skis. Im 21.
For the past 3 years, i have skied with cheater Stockli Laser GS 180/18 (185/19 on one occasion) rentals, the most recent models. This year I wanted to finally buy my own skis, as mine got stolen a few years back, and went for my friends 2008 (i believe) Rossignol Radical GS FIS 181/23 skis. Got a great deal.
I was wondering, as I have never actually tried a FIS ski before... what should I expect???? haha
To give you some more info, I am a very proficient skier and find the 180/18 and 185/19 rather enjoyable, great performance but sometimes feel like they dont challenge me enough (I like to push myself). I ski very aggressively and race-like, probably cos I never got to do actual racing. I was deemed talented when i was 14-15 but was too busy with Water Polo. Since I believe I master the 180/18s completely, I thought the 23m FIS skis would be challenging but not too hard...
Im 188 (6'2 ish) and weigh 75 kgs (165 lbs) and I am not in the best fitness actually. Although active this year, I cant compare myself to the shape i was 2-3 years ago.
The skis are some 4-5 years old and have seen moderate use, which is probably why they feel very flexible to me. Compared to my friends 182/18 Atomic GS Race 12s non-FIS (hardly ever used), they are noticeably more flexible which surprised me. Edges are done at 87 deg. (how much difference will the angle make actually?) Bindings are World Cup (titanium and steel i believe) and seem extremely well made. They start at 100kg, which actually suits me well cos this is the weight i use for well groomed slopes.
Tomorrow, I am about to give them a go for the first time in Crans Montana, Switzerland and I am very excited!
So, any feedback is welcome, and I am happy to be on the forum!