Originally Posted by razie
I have a pair of old GS skis skied by a big strong kid a lot - they floppy now, they are so soft that the tips are just flapping around
I have also a pair of old gs skis. Laser Stöckli gs 190 cm worldcup from like 2002. They are blue.
They are soft in both it's longitudinal direction as well as torsional. Under the foot, there is a huge stiff and hard stinflex vist raceplate made by metall and rubber.
These skis have the best edge grip I have ever tried. (And I have tried a ton os skis). Even though the edges are not super sharp.
How do they ski? You have to go real fast and push them like crazy to get any power from them. I have other 25 radius meter gs skis to, but this one needs speed more speed then the rest.
Conclusion: My input on the subject is that soft skis doesn't necesery have bad gripp on ice.
I also think that with a torsional soft ski, you will experience the radius as being bigger. Especilly when going on to a turn. Why? Becouse the skis will have twist some before it will transfer the powers somehow...
What lack though is energy. Acceleration out of the cornet. This is something that can be both good and bad, depending on what you want out of a ski. If I were to race a fis gs course, these skis might not be too bad for me, becouse I think they would be easyer to controll and they would not pick up a lot of speed. At the same time, they are verry stable, good edgehold and they are calm.
Feel free to give me your opinoin on what I have experienced.