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To buy new "SL" skis or not?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

So I have a bit of a first world problem I'd like some help with.  It's October, and the skiing bug has bit again, so like all years, its now time to rush out and buy more gear.

 

I currently have 4 pairs of skis:

 

10/11 Fischer RC4 SC @ 160 cm 

11/12 Head Peak 84 @ 177

12/13 Rossignol sickle @ 181

12/13 Ninthward HHP @ 176

 

Question is, is it time to upgrade to a new pair of SL skis, and if so, which pair?  My current pair probably only has 20-30 days on them.  Has enough changed since then to justify spending more money?

 

On another note, any other skis I should consider buying to round out the quiver?  Keep in mind I live in MN, but travel out to CO, CA, UT for 20 or so days each season, and planning on another 8-10 to Mt. Bohemia in the UP.  

 

I think I need to join some sort of "skiers anonymous" group to prevent me from parting with so much cash every year. :)

post #2 of 7

You are missing a gs-radius ski, either a gs ski or maybe something like Fischer WC RC Pro, Kästle RX12 or Stockli SX, although perhaps the cheaters are not quite enough radius, they; maybe fine (they differ a bit too); it depends on how big a hill you get to ski at home.

 

The SC should be good for a long while yet. 

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Thread Starter 

Hmmm, I've been thinking about a GS ski for awhile now.  What length would be right?  I'm 155 lbs, 5'11".

post #4 of 7

Agree with Ghost that you already have a nice SL-ish ski.

 

Disagree about the GS. See no point in owning a real GS if you don't race. They come alive at speeds that will get your ticket pulled, or retaining a lawyer for the lawsuit after you hit someone. And the radius is not suitable for the slopes you're likely to be on in the northern midwest. Now if you mean a recreational racer that has a modified GS sidecut, sure. Big difference. Plenty to choose from. You can make two turns and be at the bottom.

 

But IMO, the hole in your quiver is for typical storms that leave 2-6" of snow, which stays in the trees. So bumpy soft, but not bottomless. The Heads are too narrow for float in tight spaces at lower speeds, and the Sickles are too wide and slippery for that little powder. Personally, if I had money burning a hole in my pocket, and your quiver, I'd be looking at a 100-ish ski that can carve, some front rocker, but enough of a sidecut to make some medium radius  turns on a smaller mountain. 

post #5 of 7
The new (last year) Head i.sl world cup rebels (non race stock!) is an amazing ski - very playful, much more likely than your SC. That's one worth making an upgrade to...
post #6 of 7

I approve the gs-radius skis:

dynastar speed pro , head rebel i.speed, stockli laser ax... or more all-mountain: magnum 8.5 ti or Brahma...rx12 are fine too if you fit for the lenght...

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Originally Posted by MNSkiing10 View Post
 

Hmmm, I've been thinking about a GS ski for awhile now.  What length would be right?  I'm 155 lbs, 5'11".


Length, 2nd longest in the line.  More about radius though.  If you local hill is under 500 vertical feet you should probably stick to the cheaters, RX12, WC RC and Head i.speed, if you have 800 or more go with real gs skis and longer radii, the more wide open and fast you are able to ski without endangering other people, the longer you should choose for radius.

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