Can I ask for some input from the room? Specifically on feel and delta between the Head iSpeed and Atomic XT?
I'm looking for a cheater GS for my home small hill in Ontario- I sometimes run the Juniors GS gates and it's a little tiny place, so 15-17M GS gates max, plus free skiing.
I'm not spending much time on GS skis anymore, so would like something I can just hop on and enjoy. I'm slowing down much and more careful after some big crashes and the increasing age factor.
I've skied a few runs on the Atomic XT and liked the D2, but was thinking it a bit too turny as a parallel slalom ski. Didn't have huge confidence to hang it in the fall line, but it was early season and on just a run or so. But I think it's a very turny ski and I wonder at times about a high speed ski that wants to dart back across the fall line.
I switched my slalom from Redster Atomic to Head i.SL last year and LOVED the feel, response and playfulness of the Head product. Can't imagine I will find a demo of the iSpeed around. I understand it's more accessible than years past with a softer plate.
Has anyone skied the iSpeed? Did it feel like you could bring the Radius in with a bit of pressure? Is the flex comparable to the i.SL in feel and stiffness?
Head 175 cm 17.1 M Radius
Atomic 175cm XT 15.5 Radius
As an FYI, I had a recent pair of Dynastar Speed Course 178cm and sold them as felt they were a bit boring. You could do whatever you wanted with them (except hold them outside their radius), but that Head/Atomic energy just wasn't there. I also like the more forward balance point and ramp angle of the Head and Atomic anyway.
Also tried the Salomon 2V which had great edge feel, but at 19M felt like a lot of ski - very stiff, not a lot of ease of access. Crazy fast, but wanted to be in the fall line all the way. Too wild a horse to risk there. I have the Atomic Redster GS 175, great ski, but the wist and wide shovel make it slow laterally, requiring lots of advanced planning. I lent it out to one of the Junior racers as his GS ski last year and probably this year.
All input on the two skis above would deb most appreciated!