Been looking at some new GS skis for beer league/NASTAR type racing. Been on my Fischer RC4 WC Pro's for a number of years now and like them a lot, but wondering if some of the new rec GS skis have upped the game a bit. Had the opportunity to demo the Volkl Racetiger GS Speedwall UVO, the Nordica Doberman GSR, the Blizzard WRC Racing, and the Rossignol Hero Elite LT. Like every golfer out there that's convinced that a new driver will bring him another 10 yards closer to the hole, just thinking that a different ski might get me that extra second I need to move up a medal level.
Of these four, I actually liked the Blizzards the best with the Rossi's coming in second. I made a point of not asking the Rep/Tech at their respective booths about the tune of the skis until after I had demo'd each ski. I normally tune my Fischer's to a fairly 'soft' 1* base 3* side bevel. According to the Volkl rep, the Racetiger was set to a .5 base and 3* side. I found the ski really difficult to manage at slower speeds, and hard to break out of its initial turn until I got it up to speed. Once up to speed, the ski was great. The Nordica was supposed to be a .7 base, 3* side, but it felt like each ski had a different tune, so it was not a good test. The Blizzard rep thought the WRC was just like my Fischer's: 1 & 3, but he couldn't say for sure. The Rossignol Rep didn't even venture a guess.
I find the tuning aspect interesting. While I consider myself an advance/expert level skier, I never raced growing up, have never had any real training on how to run gates, etc. and get by in the beer league as much do to my age (58) and the 55-59 handicap spread as any real racing skills in order to be a consistent gold medalist. The tech at my shop would have me believe that a .5 base is only suitable for a really top flight racer which makes me think that would be why I found the Volkl's not to my liking. On the other hand, it did get my wondering both what the factory normally sets for base and edges when they ship out their citizen race skis and what changing my base bevel to perhaps a .75 from a 1 would do to my Fischer's. Also really curious if a quarter of a degree change is truly noticeable for a recreational racer.
Finally me: 58 years old, 5'-11", 195 lbs, been in the league for about 10 years now, did NASTAR off and on for many years before that. Best 'results' - 4th place in my age/medal group at the NASTAR Nationals a few years back.