A local shop here has what seems like a ridiculously good deal on a pair of NOS Elan GS Race 177 with EL 11 binding for around $200 bucks. This season I skied with my old Salomon X-Scream rec skis from way back in the day in a 183 cm. That was my one and only pair of "parabolic" skis, as they used to be called. Prior to that, I skied various Volkl models, P9 / P10's from 201 to 205 length.
As and aside, I took an old pair of P10's out on my local hill last weekend with the kids, and it was just like I remember - rock solid. Some guy had a pair of really old K2's from the 80s on the rack, so I felt good about the retro straight-ski showing.
Anyway, after a season of having instructors make fum of my old X-Screams, and telling me how great rocked skis are, I went internet shopping and got a pair of closeout Volkl Code PSI (probably from 11-12 season) in a 182 cm with Marker 120 TC. I haven't had them mounted yet because I want to bring them somewhere that knows what they are doing with the stiffness adjustment and can explain to me how to do it. I was mainly sold on these skis after watching this review ... so I figure I want to try them at a 7 first, then maybe work up to 12. I was disappointed that there seems to be nothing online to help you figure out the adjustment yourself... you'd think a torque wrench is a basic enough concept compared to, eh?
But back to my question - for folks who've skied the Elan, what's your opinion of the ski...? Should I (a) keep the Code's as a sort of "someday I'll get around to rockered skis" aspiration and go buy the GS Race, (b) get the Code's mounted and move on, or (c) get the Elan's and ship back the Code's, as they are still returnable.
I ski pretty much all on piste. I am 6'0 and 230 lbs. (According to my "health coordinator", I need to get down to about 200 lbs. by next Jan. or my health insurance will skyrocket.) The only thing I do ATM is ski with my kids, mostly blues but on an occassional "steep" here they call black, that is probably around 35 to 40 degrees grade, but I look forward to the day in the not to distant future when they will be cutting up the double blacks and running in the race leagues with me (something I've missed for the past 10 years).
All input is appreciated.