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Big guy SL/ front side ski

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This is for skiing in the South East.

Primarily for skiing groomed, maybe, sometimes these trails might be not so groomed, cut up, etc. I won't be using these for bumps, and ungroomed. These will be for beer league, front side carving ski only.

I ski 40-60 days a year for the last 5 years after a 20+ year long break.

I believe I'm at least a good solid intermediate. Novice racer. I can carver pretty solid, but I am really just starting to hit on dynamic carving.

I'm 5'10", ~270 lbs.

Right now I ski a Salomon Lord 160. For where I ski, this does just fine most of the time. But I'm looking to replace this on the groomed runs.

My mountain started a race program, and my Lords are wholly inadequate.

I'm looking for suggestions for either a very versatile and forgiving slalom race ski, or a front side carver that can pull duty in a once a week in a "run what you brung" super tight GS fun race. I'd like something around 12M.

This isn't exactly a "sell me something" post, but I'm not against it. Mostly I just need to figure out what I need. I've already had a couple of VERY generous offers... I'm just still not sure they weren't for skis WAY beyond my ability.

Thanks in advance for the help!
Edited by sofort99 - 1/11/14 at 10:38am
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There he goes again. Eleven-foot-tall man.
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Thread Starter 
Oh for FS.

Just for the record... I'm not really 10 feet tall. For some reason when I type that, my spell check "fixes" it for me, and if I don't go back and edit it, well, I'm 10 feet tall! biggrin.gif
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Have you ever had a chance to demo a dedicated race ski?  Some ski shops will rent race skis if you ask.  I recommend you try a set of SL's for a day.  I'm betting you might enjoy them.  Issues with "too much ski" in regards to flex are a much bigger deal for lighter skiers who will tend to get pushed around badly by race skis if their technique isn't developed far enough to handle them.  This is less of a problem for heavier skiers.  If you can do clean carving turns, you'll be fine on a racing SL after an hour or two to acclimatize to them, i think. 

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Originally Posted by herbiebug View Post
 

Have you ever had a chance to demo a dedicated race ski?  Some ski shops will rent race skis if you ask.  I recommend you try a set of SL's for a day.  I'm betting you might enjoy them.  Issues with "too much ski" in regards to flex are a much bigger deal for lighter skiers who will tend to get pushed around badly by race skis if their technique isn't developed far enough to handle them.  This is less of a problem for heavier skiers.  If you can do clean carving turns, you'll be fine on a racing SL after an hour or two to acclimatize to them, i think. 

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Radical 9 sl

Kastle rx12

 

12 m? Mayber a bit more  considering that you will need a longer ski at your weight...

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At your size, something made by Head, Kastle, or Stockli comes to mind. They don't make skis that are 12 m. and if they did, you wouldn't want it. Especially for a league. The Stockli RX12 for sure, in 184, think the radius is around 17 at that length. The Head Rebels iSpeed would also be great, in 180 or 185, radius is roughly 18-19 m. Stockli SX in 178, radius of 17 m and change, is a cross design, would work well if you like that design. 

 

Or if you want more all-mountain versatility, but a touch slower edge to edge, the Head Titan in 177. 15-ish sidecut. 

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Thanks!

It's pretty much moot now... somebody here has already hooked me up. I don't know if he wants it posted so I won't say who or what. But If he doesn't mind it's OK with me to post it.
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